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Digging in the Archives with Patricia Methven: An Interview

The soft-spoken yet direct Patricia Methven is no stranger to the Strand, having lived in London since 1969 and worked at King’s College since 1978 in various positions. Today she is the Acting Director of Information Service Systems, which includes IT and Library Services. Today she is the Director of Archives and Information Management, a…

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Donald McDonnell – an artist among the people

“It is a living place”, said Donald McDonnell to me near the beginning of our interview. Donald is an artist living and working on the Strand. He is heavily involved with the Peabody Trust, and his artistic mediums range from poetry, photography and painting, to sculpture. Having spent the last (and my first) three years in…

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Dickensfest

On Saturday, Dickens came to the Strand – in the ambitious form of Dickensfest! ~ an event co-organised by The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s (where Strandlines lives) and Westminster Archives. Many thanks to  Ruth Richardson and Judith Bottomley for inspiration and organisation. Dickensfest lined up all sorts of scholars and writers to talk…

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Catching up

Much has been happening with Strandlines! Except keeping up with the blog. I take it up now in part because I’m giving a talk about blogs next month, at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing; whoops, how embarrassing to have let Strandlines blog slip. In part too the blog has taken a back seat because…

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The street of the definite article

The street of the definite article The strand. The one two the iambic chaos The rush through it, on it and under it The busy busy The buses the bridges the protests The lawyers the law courts the justice, The cafes, the authors The Dickens, the Thackery the Makepeace The temple inn The no children…

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Writing postcards

I was recently given some beautiful old Strand postcards to scan for the site. All of the postcards were blank. Instead of simply adding these postcards to the site as they were, I thought they might be used for a little life writing. In Strandlines sessions at the Age Concern Day Centre, Odhams Walk – also with…

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A Great Week for Sheila, 1948

Article titled ‘Tomorrow’s Graduate’ from issue of ‘The Illustrated’ women’s magazine King’s College London Archives (Ref: K/PBN/1/4), 26 June 1948, article titled ‘Tomorrow’s Graduate’ by I. Robertson which relates to women students at King’s College London and in particular, a day in the life of King’s College London student, Sheila Harris. Click on the image…

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