Literary London


Literary London
Diane Burstein
Online 2.45 pm
Thursday 28 May


Diane Burstein took us on an armchair tour of London’s literary landmarks, looking at some of the places where famous authors lived, worked, partied and loved. From Chaucer and Shakespeare in Southwark to Dr Johnson in Fleet Street. From Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf in Bloomsbury to Zadie Smith in North West London, her illustrated talk introduced us to a variety of literary personalities and their haunts.

Diane Burstein, a local resident, is one of London’s best known and most versatile London Blue Badge tour guides, introducing both visitors and Londoners to the capital’s historic sights. She has made a name for herself with her Secret London feature on talk radio station LBC 97.3 FM, and now makes regular contributions to the Saturday Breakfast Shows on BBC London 94.9. As a Further Education Lecturer, she runs courses for City Lit and the Bishopsgate Institute.
This was our second online meeting, and as with our first online meeting in April, we held it using Zoom, a popular and widely used videoconferencing platform. Thirty eight Members of the Society joined the meeting.