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LSE Cities Literary Festival – film screening and discussion

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

Date: Saturday 3 March 2012. 5-6.30pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

With Patrick Hazard, Michael Rosen, Emma-Louise Williams

Emma-Louise William’s film, Under the Cranes (2011), is based on the documentary play for voices, Hackney Streets, by poet and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen. Blending rare archive footage and dreamlike sequences of present-day Hackney, Williams links the everyday with the social and literary history of this dynamic and culturally diverse East London borough.

Following the screening, Hazard, Williams and Rosen will discuss the hybridity of literature and film, as well as Hackney and the increasing attention it has received in light of the 2012 Olympics and controversial redevelopment projects.

Patrick Hazard is the Director of the London Independent Documentary Film Festival.

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in north London. He has been writing, performing, broadcasting and lecturing since the early 70s. He co-devised and co-teaches a Masters course at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Emma-Louise Williams is a radio producer and first-time film-maker. She is currently making a radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 about unaccompanied, asylum-seeking children and young people in East London. Her work seeks to counter the prevailing perception of the inner city as a site of failure, ugliness and misdeed through a ‘socio-poetics’ of everyday life.

This is part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival. More at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/spaceForThought/Home.aspx

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