Baudelaire: Botanist of the Sidewalk

22nd November 2017 19:00
Kings Place
90 York Way, London, N1 9AG
Charles Baudelaire was the original flâneur poet, embodying the spirit of the curious wanderer. One hundred and fifty years after his death, join Poet in the City and the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation as we traverse the psychogeography of the city and explore the extraordinary impact of this writer through discussion and poetry.

We will be joined by modern day Flâneuse Lauren Elkin, Professor Helen Abbott, and performance artist Dylan Read to tell the story of the father of flâneurie and celebrate his resounding legacy.

Mingle with us amongst the crowd on the boulevard...

Lauren Elkin: is the author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, a cultural history of women writers and artists who have found personal freedom as well as inspiration by engaging with cities on foot. As well as appearing as Radio 4’s Book of the Week, Flâneuse: Women Walk the City has also been published internationally, with its recent launch in the US in February 2017. As well as being the Co-Director of the Centre of New and International Writing and lecturing in English at the University of Liverpool, Lauren also writes regularly for the New York Times Book Review, the Guardian, the FT, the Times Literary Supplement, and many others.

Helen Abbott: As Professor of Modern Languages, Helen specialises in nineteenth-century French poetry and music. Her research explores ways of writing about word-music relationships in poetic language, in critical theories, and using digital methodologies. Her particular focus is the work of (post-) romantic and symbolist poets including Gautier, Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and Mallarmé.

Dylan Read: was born in Paris and grew-up in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. At university, Dylan performed and co-directed an extensive repertoire of theatre and performance projects. As a keen musician, he also scored a critically acclaimed version of The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Most recently, he has been working on a piece of performance art to be presented in a Berlin gallery in March, and helping to create a sequel to the Fringe sell-out show Dinner is Swerved, of which he was co-creator. Alongside working with Théâtre Senza, he is devising a large-scale theatre performance exploring urban life and the writings of Charles Baudelaire in Le Spleen de Paris with Gooddog Theatre
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