London 7-28 March 2006
  • Stop
  • the Clock:
  • Writers and the Perception of
  • Time

How do writers use history to make their own mark on the literary landscape? Switching from personal memories to political milestones, looking at place, myth, art and architecture, Stop the Clock questions how we read the present through our collective past. In this major series of talks on history and the perception of time, British and European writers will discuss the way contemporary writing explores these themes. The series will run through March in the Purcell Room of the South Bank Centre.

A parallel programme will feature readings and talks by internationally acclaimed poets and children’s writers. The poetry and children’s events are organised jointly with the Poetry Society, the London Review Bookshop, Goodenough College and Foyles.

South Bank Centre events

7 March
7.45 pm

South Bank Centre, Purcell Room

Rem Koolhaas

Cees Nooteboom

Tickets: £8.50

14 March
7.45 pm

South Bank Centre, Purcell Room

Helen Dunmore

Anna Enquist

Michel Faber

Tickets: £8.50

21 March
7.45 pm

South Bank Centre, Purcell Room

Douwe Draaisma

Ekow Eshun

Hilary Mantel

Tickets: £8.50

28 March
7.45 pm

South Bank Centre, Purcell Room

Ismail Kadare

Harry Mulisch

Tickets: £8.50

South Bank Centre, Purcell Room
Tel. 08703 800 400

Poetry readings

9 March
7 pm

London Review Bookshop,

Dirk van Bastelaere

Arjen Duinker

Sarah Maguire

Tickets: £ 6,– / 4,–

London Review Bookshop,
14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL
Tel. 020 7269 9030
e-mail [email protected]

20 March
8 pm

Goodenough College,

Large Common Room

Esther Jansma

Penelope Shuttle

Miriam Van hee

Admission: free

Goodenough College, Large Common Room,
William Goodenough House,
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AD
Reservations: [email protected]

Children’s books programme

13 March
4.30 pm

The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop

Isabel Hoving

Anne Provoost

Admission: free

The Gallery, 2nd floor
Foyles Bookshop
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EB