Virginia Woolf and London's Docks (a walk)

'Down in the docks one sees things in their crudity, their bulk, their enormity.’

Virginia Woolf enjoyed the odd stroll. In ‘The Docks of London’ she describes a walk along the banks of the Thames, and she records the flow of raw materials into London, imperial capital. In ‘Oxford Street Tide’ she follows those same raw materials, now ‘refined and transformed’, into the city’s shop windows.

We read these two essays together, going for a walk down to what used to be the docks, talking about the global movement of goods, about what Woolf calls the beauty in ‘the aptness of everything for its purpose’, about the maritime industry she observed, or about the present riverside neighbourhoods, in which the dry land on either side of the water is the most valuable commodity.

Saturday 28th January at 1pm, at 48 Aberfeldy St, E14 0NU
This event is free and open to all

Here is a link to download the two texts that were discussed https://www.dropbox.com/s/8hjrflxtp9xbeir/Woolf-Docks%26OxfordSt-lowres.pdf?dl=0