London Panopticon by Frances Bingham
The most recent novel by Frances Bingham, author and biographer of Valentine Ackland: A Transgressive Life to be launched online with Gay's The Word on Thursday 13th May 2021, 8-9pm.
‘Today’s the day. Sometimes it seems that this day, today, whichever day it is, might be the last chance to – do what? – something essential, yet unnameable, before the deluge. Seize the moment… '
Blue makes a London pilgrimage from the Thames up to Hampstead Heath, walking through time and the city, meeting Londoners past and present on the way. A litany of London voices – irascible Jeremy Bentham, Wose the tree-guardian, Virginia Woolf street-haunting, Fletcher the sacked banker and innumerable others – sing their city incantation: protest song, lament, celebration.
‘London Panopticon is more than a pamphlet. As sparkling and all-encompassing as the city itself, it is a vision, a love song, a pilgrimage, a perfect union of image and word. And it takes one’s breath away!’ - Mimi Khalvati, poet
Imprint: The Pottery Press
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 80, with 28 black and white images