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The Fitzroy Tavern is the legendary pub that gave its name to Fitzroiva - the bohemian centre of London W1, just north of Oxford Street.  Between the wars Dylan Thomas, Augustus John, Betty May, Nina Hamnet were all regulars, as were Bud Flanagan, Tommy Cooper, Walter Sickert, Ralph Reader and the last Hangman in England at various times in its history!

Sally Fiber was born in the pub and talks to Nick Hennegan about her autbiography of the establishment.


Direct download: LLPC_028_-_Sally_Fiber_-_the_Biography_of_the_Fitzroy_Tavern.m4a
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Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas, Alan Bennett, Kingsley Amis, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf - just a few of the writers who loved and lived in the London Borough of Camden.  Archvist Tudor Allen joins Nick Hennegan to talk about the origins of the Fleet River, Holborn and the pubs of Withnail and I!

Direct download: Tudor_Allens_Camden_-_LLPC_032.m4a
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Playwrights Ian Dickson-Potter and Robert Pope and White Bear Theatre Artistic Director Michael Kingsbury join Nick Hennegan on Literary London to talk about writing and producing their new play, The Dead Shepherd. The play looks at the life and times - and authorship - of William Shakespeare and looks at the myths behind the death of Christopher Marlow. 

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Direct download: The_Dead_Shepheard.m4a
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Part Two of the Literary Walk


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Direct download: Literary_Walking_Tour_-_Part_2_unedited.m4a
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Since its creation over 40 years ago, London's Freedom Pass concessionary travel scheme has continued to grow in popularity and there are now over 1 million registered holders. Whether a fruit picker or forager, a rambler or angler, or simply someone who enjoys the quirky charm of a local pub, Bradt's new Freedom Pass book is the perfect read to help you get the most out of your Pass. Featuring 25 walks and days-out for Freedom Pass holders, the guide covers an area up to 25 miles from central London, all easily accessible by train, tube or bus. The authors, Mike Pentelow and Peter Arkell, are keen ramblers who can count walking the entire length of the Thames amongst their many adventures. Long time London residents, they are both members of numerous local organisations and societies and take Nick Hennegan on the Literary London Tour.  Part One. See

Direct download: Literary_Walking_Tour_-_Mike_and_Pete_-_Part_One..m4a
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With nearly 50 years experience in the newspaper industry, journalist James MacManus became a novelist.  His latest book, Sleep In Peace Tonight, is a story of drama and romance, but combines truth to bring the London of the Blitz to life. Churchill, Roosevelt and his special envoy, the now forgotten Harry Hopkins, all star.  James talks to Nick Hennegan about the book, his career and how he misjudged Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe.

Direct download: James_MacManus_-_Author.m4a
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Author and internet entrepreneur Joanna Penn joins Nick Hennegan to talk about self-publishing, changing careers, Harry Potter and the joys of creative self-employment.

Direct download: Joanna_Penn.m4a
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At the end of the Dylan Thomas centerary, Nick Hennegan talks to the creators of the 'Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival', Griff Rhys Jones and Dylan's Granddaughter, Hannah Ellis.  We talk about Dylan Thomas' legacy, copyright of his work, a proposed Dylan Thomas Day and a new foundation and how Dylan was an academic 'outsider.'

Direct download: LLPC_027_-_Hannah_Ellis__Griff_talk_Dylans_100th.m4a
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Nick Hennegan talks Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas to James Albrecht, Creative Director of the St James Theatre and actor Rhodri Miles who plays both characters in his one man shows.  Jeff Townes joins in the conversation from the Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea and talks about the excitment of successully bidding £120,000 at Sotherby's for the newly discovered Dylan Thomas notebook!

Direct download: LLPC_025_-_Rhodri_James_Jeff_Richard_Burton__Dylan_Thomas.m4a
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Nick Hennegan talks and plays tracks from Soho writer and performer Celine Hispiche's 'Tiger Woman and the Beast' - a new musical about the late Betty May. 

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Direct download: Celine_Hispiche_and_the_Tiger_Woman_Musical.m4a
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