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Forest Quaker Talk

Monday 21 February at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

February Forest Quaker Library Talk, Monday 21st at 7.30pm via Zoom
Next Monday, Elyn Mitchell will introduce us to recent book called Let Me Take You by the Hand: True Tales from London’s Streets.  Its author is Jennifer Kavanagh, a Quaker.

In 2018, with notebook and recorder in hand, Kavanagh set off to create an oral history of the men and women who make up the street life of our modern capital.  Kavanagh was inspired by a famous Victorian journalist, Henry Mayhew, who in 1861 did the much the same thing.

Mayhew’s book was a revelation in its day, giving voice to the shit collectors, sellers of wilted fruit, rotten fish and children’s bodies, the beggars and beadles who inhabited the streets of Victorian London.  Kavanagh’s book reveals some striking similarities.  There are still street cleaners, sellers of street food and sex.  Beadles are now called security guards and begging is still commonplace.

You are cordially invited to join us next Monday. Elyn’s talk will be illustrated by readings from the book.  Please email andy.j.vivian@nullgmail.com for the Zoom link.


Monday 21 February
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Andy Vivian