Tale of great but troubled writer Patrick Hamilton returns to the West End

Man on stage.

The life of a writer who set novels in Fitzrovia and gained fame with his plays will be told on stage with two performances in December. Mark Farrelly's solo play The Silence of Snow: The Life of Patrick Hamilton returns to London's West End for two special performances at Leicester Square Theatre. Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) …

Readings and music to celebrate Fitzrovia’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics

Illustration of Virginia Woolf.

Fitzrovia has long been known for its Bohemian character attracting some of Britain’s best known artists, writers and eccentrics. This colourful past will be celebrated this month with an evening of heresy at the unlikely venue of a Welsh Baptist church. Blacktooth productions, a small, not-for-profit literary organisation, will be putting on a collection of …

Verses from Dylan Thomas’s previously unseen fifth notebook revealed

The Wheatsheaf. The second home of Maclaren-Ross and the current home of The Sohemians

The Wheatsheaf pub in Rathbone Place will be the venue this weekend for the launch of a book containing previously unpublished verses by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Literature professor John Goodby’s new critical and scholarly guide contains the very first appearance of material from Dylan Thomas’s fifth notebook, discovered in 2014, and consists of whole verses …

Why is there no blue plaque for Doris Lessing in Langham Street?

Front of mansion block.

Did you know that Doris Lessing lived in Holbein Mansion, Langham Street from 1958 to 1962? She rented a flat from her publisher, Howard Samuels, for £5 a week. Doris Lessing (1919 – 2013) was one of the foremost post-war British novelists, the author of some fifty novels, plays and volumes of poetry and autobiography. She …

Author praises community library and warns about corporate power

Man sitting at table in library.

Local author Stephen Oram signed copies of his second novel last week at a Camden community library and talked about what inspired him to write. Fluence: ten thousand minutes and counting -- a story set in a dystopian near future -- was launched on Tuesday evening at Primrose Hill Community Library, in conjunction with Primrose Hill Books. Brenda Stones from …

Sister leads a band of brothers at The Wheatsheaf

Eleanor Dillion-Reams on stage.

A woman is impressing audiences with her performance of a male monarch upstairs in a mock-Tudor pub in Fitzrovia. Not only is she playing a king, but all the other parts, too. Based on "The Life and Times of Henry the Fifth" by William Shakespeare, "Henry V -- Lion of England" strips back the famous and lengthy stage play …

Dylan Day in Fitzrovia to be celebrated with a pub crawl and a tribute to the play for voices

Front of Wheatsheaf public house.

The first ever Dylan Thomas Day will be celebrated in Fitzrovia with a special event at the Wheatsheaf pub and, of course... a tour of the Welsh poet's favourite boozers. Nick Hennegan of the Maverick Theatre Company is organising the events which will take place on Thursday 14 May 2015. In the daytime and evening there …

Stand up for pints, poems and prose at the King & Queen

A new literature performance night called In Yer Ear begins next week in one of Fitzrovia's best-known pubs. Expect to hear a series of literary stand-ups with each performer giving anything from a couple of minutes to a 15 minute monologue -- contemporary poetry, prose, travelogue, criticism, and giving somebody a piece of their mind.  In Yer …

Virginia Woolf’s relevance today

By Christina Latham One of Fitzrovia’s most notable former residents is the writer Virginia Woolf who is regarded as one of the principal female literary figures of the twentieth century. During her time in Fitzrovia, Woolf occupied a fine house at 29 Fitzroy Square: the same house previously occupied by another influential writer, George Bernard …

The doors of Sohemia

If you are in the vicinity of Rathbone Place in the early evening, you will occasionally see a bunch of disparate types, myself included, disappear into the upstairs room of The Wheatsheaf pub to attend a talk at The Sohemian Society - but be advised, Sohemia is more than a club, it is a state of mind.

Exploring Fitzrovia’s darker side. Fitzroy Tavern, 1 July 2010

By Bohemian Wannabe I felt under-dressed in my t-shirt and jeans when I met my friends at Goodge Street tube station. Karen in her black chiffon ballet-style dress and stiletto heels, Jamie in his handmade blue herringbone hat, with blue fluff motif, tartan cut-offs, strolling along with his lacquered cane. Around thirty people gathered in …