The Literary London podcast.

Nick Hennegan talks to festival director Gerry Maguire about some of the highlights of this years festival and the Irish in London. (Apologies for the echo in parts of the recording!)

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Tues 9th November is Internet Kindness Day, commemorating what would have been the birthday of TV presenter Caroline Flack. Nick Hennegan talks to author Lucy Beresford about how we can all be nicer to each other and mark the day.
See the live video at
Carolyn Flack
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Nick Hennegan meets more local writers at the Chiswick Book Festival in West London.

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The lockdown had a devastating effect on theatre. This week, Nick Hennegan talks to two theatre workers at the Chiswick Book Festival, John Griffiths and Nick Bromley who, devastated by the lockdown, were motivated to write and publish books - proving there’s no business like show-business!

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The Edinburgh Festival Fringe returned in 2021, but much smaller after the ravages of Covid. What do the participants think about this year? What about the future? Nick Hennegan talks to actor Tim Marriott, New York stand-up Jack Dennis, Assembly PR Hannah Bradley Croall and Assembly Marketer, Daniel Saunders in the Assembly Festival Gardens, for Resonance FM and Bohemian --- Send in a voice message:

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The opening of the Chiswick Book Festival local Author's party at the George 4th in Chiswick. Nick Hennegan is featured on the Writers Trail, so took his trusty mic! The opening is by Torin Douglas, director of the book festival. Hear and see more at 

Nick Hennegan leaves the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a heavy heart. But why do thousands of artists keep returning year after year?

Find out here

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Listen HERE to Nick get morbid down the Pub

Brian Travis in the Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham. Photo - Robin Valk

So sad. RIP #UB40 talent and decent, lovely Brummy bloke, Brian Travers. We would occasionally meet up at the Hare and Hounds Pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham and we spoke about a musical idea a while ago. Not to be now. But Brian and the band were true to the Bohemian spirit with their record label, DEP.

Then Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts. Then a DJ I used to work with at BRMB Radio in Birmingham. And since I recorded this little ramble, I heard that an actor I knew when she was 18, who went on to become a successful agent, has also passed away! All under 60! What a week!

“Though lovers be lost love shall not;

And death shall have no dominion.”

Dylan Thomas.

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As you'll know if you've read Nick's Edinburgh Festival blog on - it took him a while, but thanks to the Pleasance Press People, Nick Hennegan finally got to see 'Bacon' with the actor - and jeweler - Pip Utton! Known for his one-man shows, Nick and Pip talk about his life, career and what he thinks about Adolf Hitler! From Nick's blog and Resonance FM show.


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The Assembly Gardens

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back, but much smaller after the ravages of Covid. What do the participants think about this year? What about the future? Nick Hennegan talks to actor Tim Marriott, New York stand-up Jack Dennis, Assembly PR Hannah Bradley Croall and Assembly Marketer, Daniel Saunders in the Assembly Festival Gardens, for Resonance FM and Bohemian 

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LIVE FROM THE Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Nick Hennegan talks to actor Tim Marriott (TV’s Brittas Empire) about his compelling, contemporary drama, Shell Shock– written with veteran Neil Watkin; his new Sherlock Holmes flavoured premier Watson and his company, Smokescreen Productions.  As featured on 

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Nick Hennegan talks to Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival about what we can expect in 2021 from the biggest arts festivals in the world! See the video at 

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To celebrate the return of the Fitzrovia Arts Festival, Nick Hennegan went to the opening event in Warren Mews, London, W1. There he meets (and tries to drink with!) the locals… who are writers, artists, historians, gallery owners, Soho tailors and office workers, all sharing a love for a unique and hidden part of London. And this gem of an area almost throws up the truth about… Jack the Ripper! (Sort of..!)

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An interview with broadcaster Nick Hennegan - on Resonance 104.4fm and the Maverick Theatre Company YouTube Channel and - and poet and critic Cahal Dallat about an ambitious project to raise £135,000 to celebrate W.B Yeats and his upbringing in Bedford Park, Chiswick, West London - the first Artists suburb in the world! 
For more information see
Twitter @YeatsBedfordPk
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Nick Hennegan talks to the Rose Playhouse in London, about its fascinating history and a new series of webinars with some of their famous supporters, including Dame Janet Suzman.
Nick Hennegan with Linda Shannon and Celia Gilbert.
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Nick Hennegan finds out about the Royal Society of Literature, in London, a 200 year old organisation with a very modern outlook.

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Nick Hennegan talks to writer Bonnie Macbird about her new series of Sherlock Holmes novels; how she came to work in Hollywood and created and wrote the Tron series of films - and how she discovered comedian Robin Williams! 

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Nick Hennegan talks to Rosemary Richards, director of the Bloomsbury Festival, about Bloomsbury, coping with COVID, filming live events and the future. Broadcast on 'Literary London' on Resonance 104.4 FM.

See the live interview below and on the Maverick Theatre Company's YouTube channel.

Well!  It's been a weird and often tragic 2020. So Nick Hennegan put out a call on social media for Literary Requests for his Resonance 104.4FM Radio show. And here is the first episode of his listeners rather eclectic choice.

Featuring the theme music from A Christmas Carol by Robbie Williams and a beautiful version of a Dylan Thomas poem by Cerys Matthews.

Contact Nick on radio @ MaverickTheatre . co . uk if you'd like a mention!

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For his Resonance 104.4FM radio show, Nick Hennegan talks via Zoom to American writer, Eric Chase about Edgar Allan Poe.

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Nick Hennegan's 'Literary London' radio show returns on Resonance 104.4fm and Nick Hennegan talks to Torin Douglas about the Chiswick Book Festival, its Writers Trail and why Chiswick in West London is considered one of the most literary places in the world!

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Writer Nick Hennegan talks to writer Lucinda Hawksley about her relative - Charles Dickens, for his Resonance 104.4fm Radio show - Literary London.

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Nick Hennegan talks to Irish poet Cahal Dallat about taking the John Hewitt Festival online for the first time, and Chiswick in West London, perhaps one of the most 'writerly' place in the world!

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The British actor Oliver Reed was huge in the 1970's and had a reputation as a 'hell-raiser'.  But was it deserved?  As we launch a new Literary Pub Crawl in Wimbledon, London, Oliver's birthplace and home, Nick Hennegan looks at his career and talks to locals about the REAL Oliver Reed.

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Writer and director Nick Hennegan celebrates the life and work of T.S. Eliot, on his weekly London radio show on Resonance 104.4fm

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Nick Hennegan on his Resonance 104.4FM radio show Literary London, celebrates the bi-centenary of the birth of American poet Walt Whitman.

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Nick Hennegan marks the passing of David Bowie with music from Clifford Slapper; celebrates J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings and talks theatre and Ken Campbell to Ken's daughter Daisy.

Nick Hennegan celebrates the 10th anniversary of the death of theatrical maverick Ken Campbell, with his daughter, Daisy. Features parts of her hilarious one-woman show ‘Daughter of Pigspurt’ recorded live at the British Library.

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Nick Hennegan goes to an underground drinking club in Soho for the launch of a new spoken word anthology. Contains adult themes and language.

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Nick Hennegan talks backstage at the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival, to singer and writer Melinda Hughes about her new album and fringe festival performance.

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Before his appearance at Maverick Theatre's SpeakEasy Cabaret in London, Gavin/Greg talks to Nick Hennegan at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe about acting, the West End, writing, David Bowie, Thunderbirds, and Jeremy Irons!

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The Chiswick Book Festival is a local London festival with a national profile.  As it celebrates its 10th year, Nick Hennegan talks to festival director Torin Douglas about his career as a journalist and how the Festival came about.

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Nick Hennegan talks to Guy Masterson and the cast of The Marilyn Conspiracy - a new play premiering at the Edinburgh Festival.  What REALLY happened to Marilyn Munroe?  Also news of new versions of Shakespeare's classics, Henry V-Lion of England and Hamlet-Horatio's Tale with Sir Derek Jacobi.

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Nick Hennegan attends a brilliant Royal National Theatre revival of Absolute Hell - a play about a drinking club in Soho, London - then goes to a modern drinking club in London - the Poetry Cafe - to celebrate the third International Dylan Thomas Day! 

Join Nick Hennegan for episode three of the London Book Fair - with writer Jon-Jon, a 'Walking Dead' TV show bar and find out which 60's icon turned down The Beatles as a backing band! @LondonBookFair

Join Nick Hennegan for his radio show 'Literary London' on Resonance 104.4fm. With The Bookseller Magazine, Brian Ferry and Annie Lennox singing Shakespeare! 

Writer Nick Hennegan takes his mic to the London Book Fair and gets the stories behind the stories, as it were...!

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Nick Hennegan, award winning writer and director, returns to Resonance 104.4Fm with his weekly 'Literary London' radio show. This week he celebrates Martin Luther King and hears from Irish writer, Sean O'Casey about 'The Plough and The Stars', currently playing at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.

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Writer Nick Hennegan takes a personal look back at some of the creative highlights of 2017.  It includes music from The Royal Court production of Road and the new version of A Christmas Carol and US politician Hillary Clinton talking about Russia, sexism, her political future and what George Bush said about Donald Trump's inauguration!


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Nick Hennegan celebrates Christmas in Soho with some of the artists past and present who live and work there.  Includes the fab Christmas in Soho song with Dusty O and The Soho Cares Singers, Guy Masterson with Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales and the Pogues, A Rainy Night In Soho.  And Nick may relent and play that other famous Pogues Christmas tune!

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Join Nick Hennegan for Christmas in a London Pub.  With music and poetry from Cerys Matthews and new music from Robb Williams' acclaimed score from the new theatre production of A Christmas Carol.  Nick also has late-night reminiscences with local Londoners from Hammersmith, Ireland and Notting Hill.

Links from this podcast -

Thanks to The Raven Pub and their staff -

Cerys Matthews -

A Christmas Carol -

Robb Williams - Composer -


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After 32 years, Gerry O'Brian is hanging up his beer glasses. On his last night at his beloved The Churchill Arms in Kensington, London, Nick Hennegan joins Gerry and locals, journalists, brewery workers and rowdy regulars for an emotional night in a London pub.

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William Blake, Jah Wobble, Counting Crows, William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, Richard Burton and others! Nick Hennegan presents another Summer literary and musical mix-up.

Details at

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We've celebrated the Summer Solstice recently in the UK.  In response to numerous emails and other requests, writer and presenter, Nick Hennegan has complied an hour of poetry and music special to him. See more details, and why he made this selection, on the website podcast page at



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On the occasion of International Dylan Thomas Day, co-ordinator and poet Mab Jones talks to Nick Hennegan about the day.  And has some great insights and advise about how to live as a poet and writer in the modern world!


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Alan Ginsberg was one of the seminal American 'Beat Poets' of his generation.  Nick Hennegan looks at his life and plays some rare recordings - including the once hugely controversial poem 'Howl' 

Nick Hennegan


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Celebrating St Patrick's Day, Nick Hennegan introduces interviews from the past about famous Irish Writers Brendan Behan, Patrick Kavanagh and Sean O'Casey.

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Nick Hennegan looks at Anthony Burgess' most famous work - A Clockwork Orange - with a podcast from the Anthony Burgess Foundation and music from the Stanley Kubrick film. First broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM - London's Art Station.

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Nick Hennegan celebrates the centenary of the birth of Anthony Burgess - with two guest podcasts! One from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and another featuring the author himself reading the first chapter of his most famous hit  'A Clockwork Orange'.



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Nick Hennegan presents his weekly radio show on Resonance 104.4FM.  This week he wants to hear from you about ASMR - and reads two short stories to celebrate the birthday this week of Charles Dickens. 

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This week on 'Literary London', join Nick Hennegan at the after show discussion from The Orchard Cafe in Ealing where writers, actors and audiences talk about the four new play extracts we played last week - and which can be heard on this podcast. And there’s a chance for you to vote for your favourite at 

We also celebrate Burns night. with a classic poem!
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Four recordings as part of 

Nick Hennegan presents four play excerpts as part of a new radio play competition.  Four plays were selected to be performed at the Orchard Cafe, in Ealing, London.

Hear ten minute excerpts of the winning shortlist...

NAT - THE DENTAL DOCTOR.  Written by Jon Baker

SYSTEM FAILURE: Mission Number 5.  Written by Leah Ashfield

THE EXPORTS. Written by James Elliott

FESTIVE SPIRIT.  Written by Anna Ferris


The after show discussion will be available here soon too.


Katie Wells - graduate of E15 and the voice of Rimmel, London!


Shaun Mendum - An Elmhurst boy, hot out of CATS. 


Hillary Field - known to Ealing audiences for previous performances in 10x4


Claire-Marie Hall - worked opposite actors such as Ronnie Corbett, Caroline Quentin and Liza Tarbuck and just finished Panto in Manchester! Oh yes she has…!


Peter Sarasen - another local Ealing actor-laddy, just finished working with the BBC.


Fred Harris - local actor and good egg, now retired, but famous for PlaySchool and other iconic TV offerings.


Directed by Nick Hennegan


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Nick Hennegan talks all things Dylan Thomas at the Wheatsheaf Pub in London - after a wreath laying ceremony at Westminster Abbey.

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A classic tale for Halloween, by non other than Rudyard Kipling!  His 1904 story, 'They'

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Writer Lucy Beresford talks to Nick Hennegan from The London Literary Pub Crawl about her new book Hungry For Love.  She also talks about her sex-therapy, radio and TV career and how she started in the business.


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Nick Hennegan supported the first International Dylan Thomas celebrations last year.  In 2016 he was involved with Dylan Day again, with the help of Literature Wales.  Hear Dylan's 'Return Journey' and Nick chat to to a number of Thomas experts, including Hilly Janes and John Goodby as well as random artists and poets at The Wheatsheaf Pub in London, where Dylan met his wife and where the Dylan Thomas walks start. First broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM, London's arts radio station.


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Nick Hennegan supported the first International Dylan Thomas celebrations last year.  In 2016 he was involved with Dylan Day again, with the help of Literature Wales.  Hear Dylan's 'Return Journey' and Nick chat to to a number of Thomas experts, including Hilly Janes and John Goodby as well as random artists and poets at The Wheatsheaf Pub in London, where Dylan met his wife and where the Dylan Thomas walks start. First broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM, London's arts radio station.


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Nick Hennegan talks to writer Glenn Chandler, creator of the longest running TV Detective series in the world, Tagart, about his latest project, The Sins of Jack Saul, the story of a Victorian rent-boy!

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Nick Hennegan talks to Issy van Randwick, formerly of Fascinating Aida, about a festival at The Hampstead Theatre. Then (23 mins in) he visits Fitzrovia to talk about the Fitzrovia Centre and a charity event with Griff Rhys Jones.

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Nick joins Will Derham, writer of Lost Ireland, and the Crane family, publishers of the book and owners of the new Chiswick Book Shop, on the day of the book's UK launch.

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Nick Hennegan ventures to Park Street in London's Southwark, to watch a professional production of Hamlet - in a genuine Elizabethan Theatre UNDER a modern office block!  Artistic Associate Suzanne Taylor explains the remarkable story of how a group of actors and well-wishers managed to change the law in the UK a few years ago - and the future for the first Elizabethan Theatre on London's South Bank.

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On Valentine's weekend, Nick Hennegan descends on the Raven Pub in Hammersmith, London W6.  It's late at night, but the locals like an eclectic mix of music and poetry, including Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Robbie Burns, Bryan Ferry, Annie Lennox, Lord John Wilmot, William Shakespeare and more.

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Nick Hennegan talks to Fiona Rule about her new book, 'Streets of Sin - A Dark Biography of Notting Hill.'  Not just Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant but the Murders of John Christie, notorious landlord Rachman and a fascinating and colourful history of a special area of London!

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Nick Hennegan's Christmas show on London Art station, Resonance Fm, featuring Dylan Thomas reading his own 'A Child's Christmas in Wales' an unusual Charles Dickens Christmas ghost story, your requests and music from Cerys Mathews.

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You may have heard of the Royal Academy in London. The RA is for painters. So what is the British Academy all about? Nick Hennegan battled through Mulled Wine to find out for Literary London!

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A crime fiction novel with a difference.  The hero Detective is a carrot assisted by humans and a couple of fruits!  Matthew Redford has written an unusual story and talks to Nick about being an accountant and a proud Bermondsey boy!

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Join Nick Hennegan live at the Wheatsheaf Pub in Fitzrovia, London for the launch of a 'new' poem by Dylan Thomas. With Hilly Janes, Jeff Towns, Dylan's son-in-law, Trefor Ellis and actor Celyn Jones who wrote and performed Dylan in the film 'Set Fire To The Stars' with Elijah Wood.  And Dylan Thomas himself!

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Nick Hennegan travels to Bloomsbury to talk to about the Bloomsbury Festival, 2015.  He's joined by new Festival Director Kate Anderson, Programmer John-Paul Muir and an old friend of the podcast, writer Louisa Tregus who is celebrating the first birthday of her book, The Lodger.

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Natasha Pulley’s debut, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a magical novel set in Victorian London and Japan which features a mysterious Japanese watchmaker who can ‘remember the future’!


Discover more at

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Live from the Edinburgh Festival 2015. Part One - Actor, Producer and Edinburgh fringe veteran Guy Masterson.

Guy talks frankly to Nick Hennegan in the Assembly Room bar about being Richard Burton's nephew; the real Dylan Thomas and his wife, Caitlin; Hannah Ellis; his career in Los Angeles and offers advice to anyone thinking of acting or bringing a show to the Edinburgh Fringe. 
Includes excepts of Guy's acclaimed recording of Under Milk Wood and Fern Hill, with music by Matt Clifford.
For further infomation on Guy, see


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Tom Evans - New Magic - How to Live a Charmed Life. LLPC 037.

Nick is joined by ex-BBC technician, company founder and now author Tom Evans about how we can all find new magic and live a charmed life. That's GOT to be a goer!


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Nick Hennegan Goes To Bedford Park!  Torin Douglas and Father Kevin talk to Nick at St Michael and All Angels, Chiswick, about the Bedford Park Festival, the changing face of West London, religion in the community and their famous Irish son, W.B. Yeats.  Features music from Torin's favourite script 'Shakespeare In Love' and Dylan Thomas reading his own poem and one of Father Kevin's favourites, 'Fern Hill'.

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Nick Hennegan talks internet grooming, sexting, sexism and some of the pressures teenage girls are facing today with award-winning journalist and TV presenter Suzanne Virdee. Suzanne deals with some of these probems in her new book and shows how tennage girls can be Fabulous!

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The Welcome Trust Book Awards - Nick Hennegan records live on the night, drinks Bellini's and gorges on Tapas! He also chats to some of the shortlisted writers including TV presenter and writer Dr Alice Roberts and has a rare interview with celebrated author Bill Bryson.

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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.


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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!

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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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Part Two of the Literary Walk


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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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!

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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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Writer and producer Nick Hennegan is joined by Juila Bell, writer and creator of the Birkbeck Creative Writing Programme, Dave The Hat, of 'In Yer Ear' fame, and first time novelist, Radio Luxemberg DJ Bob Lawrence. They talk self publishing, an authentic voice and read extracts from their books.

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Hilly Janes - daughter of artist Alfred Janes who moved to London with Dylan Thomas in the 1940's - talks about her new book 'The Three Faces of Dylan Thomas'. Also joining Nick Hennegan is Geoff Haden, ower of the Dylan Thomas Birthplace in Swansea, Wales.

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Nick Hennegan visits comedian and producer Griff Rhys Jones' kitchen! From his home in Fitzrovia, London, Griff talks about Dylan Thomas, Fitzrovia, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester and the highlights of his centenary Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia Festival. 

This is the unedited version of the Resonance 104.4FM 'Literary London' Friday at 7pm radio show.


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Nick Hennegan talks to Fitzrovia writer Sue Blundell, director Katie Merritt and the cast about Sue's new play, '189 Pieces'.  It's about the 2,000 year old Portland Vase. The play premiers at London's British Museum.

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This week Writer and Director Nick Hennegan is joined by Louisa Treger on her debut novel The Lodger - a biographical novel about author Dorothy Richardson, and a great London story.

 Dorothy was a peer of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Set, and pioneered the new style of fiction which became known as stream of consciousness. She was the lover of H. G. Wells, as well as a feminist and bisexual, at a time when this was extremely taboo.

 Louisa herself is an expert on Dorothy, having written her PhD about her – Louisa discovered lesser-known Dorothy while initially researching Virginia Woolf.

 Nick is also joined by The Saison Poetry Library's Assistant Librarian, Pascal O’Loughlin from London’s Southbank Centre to talk about a new, FREE, Poetry e-loan scheme.

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Former 'Eastender' Marc Elliott and former Dr Who actor Caroline Morris join Nick Hennegan in the first show after the summer break to talk about Scotland, writing and Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square.

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Nick Hennegan, writer, director and producer of the London Literary Pub Crawl,  is joined by artists and writers Nicholas Johnson, Claire Allfree and Richard Strange, who are performing or curating events at the London Southbank Centre's 2014 Literary Festival.  Performances are based around William S Burroughs, Ray Bradbury’s 'Fahrenheit 451' and features one-time Camden vagrant alcoholic, writer John Healy. 

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