Arun Mahajan leads a walk through the streets of Old Borough, follows the 'Twists and Transformations' of
Dickens's early childhood, revisiting early Victorian London South of the River.
By encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens's early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of 'houselessness'.
We imagine again the old ground of the Borough, around the debtors' prison of Marshalsea and in the places Dickens frequented: the quiet graveyard of St George the Martyr, the bustling fruit and veg market, Horsemonger Lane Jail and Old London Bridge.
This walk is part of the CoolWalks Autumn Urban Forest Festival (26-28 October 2017).
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