Marchnmont Association at this year’s Bloomsbury Festival

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The Marchmont Association has arranged 3 ‘happenings’ as part of this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, which takes place across the area from 19th to 23rd October. All are free – just turn up.

Charlotte Mew, Poet – Blue Plaque Unveiling – October 22, 2016 2:00 pm, at 30 Doughty Street. Charlotte Mew was lauded by Virginia Woolf and has seen a recent resurgence of interest in her works and an acknowledgement of her importance as a 19th century poet. The Mayor of Camden will welcome visitors to the event, which will include speeches and poetry readings with a Bloomsbury theme.

The History of Russell Square walking tour – October 21, 2016 2:00 pm, outside Russell Square Gardens. A walking tour explaining the history of Russell Square, led by Ricci de Freitas, author of the recently published ‘From Fields to Fountains – the Story of Bloomsbury’s Russell Square’. Ricci will recall the fascinating story of the development of this important historical Georgian garden square from its inception in 1800 to the present day. You will be taken on a guided tour of the square, which begins outside the south-east entrance to Russell Square Gardens at 2pm and lasts approximately 1 hour. Learn about its interesting former residents and the developments which have shaped the square over its first 200 years.

A Stroll Through Time – October 19 – 23, 2016, at Skoob Books. Opening times: Wed – Sat 10.30am – 8pm; Sun 10.30am – 6pm. Skoob Books, with the support of the Marchmont Association, will be guiding visitors and locals on a stroll through time along busy Marchmont Street, Bloomsbury’s original High Street. To add to the existing permanent ones, we’ll be installing about 50 ‘Blue Plaques’ along the street indicating the famous and not so famous who made Marchmont Street a thriving and fascinating 19th and 20th Century community. Skoob Books will feature a window display of exclusively local connections from the worlds of literature and the arts; and will offer a takeaway prize quiz to complete as you wander through the streets. Questions will test your knowledge on a lively Bloomsbury community, including familiar literary and artistic figures, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs. Takeaway quiz sheets can be collected from our Brunswick bookshop from Tuesday 18th October 2016 and should be returned by 6pm on Sunday 23rd. Rules and prizes will be on the quiz sheet and on the Skoob website. London’s biggest selection of second-hand books is open throughout the festival from 10.30-8pm (6pm closing on Sunday).

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