Monday, 25 June 2012, 1:00PM
Museum of London

Literary London Crime: The Dark Eyes of London

Cathi Unsworth

London is a city of secrets, a shifting, seething mass of intrigue, venality and violence, in constant cultural flux. The perfect setting for crime fiction - but how does the modern writer decode this centuries' old conurbation?
Cathi Unsworth investigates those authors who haunt certain regions of the capital – Ken Bruen’s Dirty South; Dreda Say Mitchell’s Illicit East; Derek Raymond’s West End Jungle – those, like Jake Arnott, who create epic pop histories from our forgotten past; and those, like Iain Sinclair, whose meditations on the geography of violence have inspired a different kind of crime fiction.
Along the way, she will also explore the cult writers who helped to shape these contemporary authors' visions and the clandestine vocabulary of the City of Slang.

This is part of the “Literary London Crime” Mondays at One Series.
The other lectures in the series include the following:
   Crime in Dickens' London
   The Postmodern Detective: Contemporary London Crime Fiction
   "A Stout Heart in the Great Cesspool": Arthur Conan Doyle and London

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Cathi Unsworth is a novelist, writer and editor who lives and works in London. She began her career working on the music weekly Sounds at the age of 19 and has worked as a writer and editor for many other music, film and arts magazines since, including Bizarre, Melody Maker, Mojo, Uncut, Volume and Deadline. Her first novel The Not Knowing was published in 2005, followed the next year with the award-winning short story compendium London Noir, which she edited, and in 2007 with the punk noir novel The Singer.

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25 June 2012

Literary London Crime: The Dark Eyes of London
Cathi Unsworth

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