Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Allure of the East

Some fascinating London geography in Sunday's Brisbane Times.

Not only is Deptford just "around the corner" from Spitalfields and Whitechapel but violent crime is 20 times worse here than the oh so peaceful east end.

A note at the end of the article informs us that The writer was a guest of VisitBritain and British Airways.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Return of Beau Geste

At 3.00pm on Sunday 4th October 2009 BBC Radio 4 will broadcast the first of two hour long episodes of Graeme Fife's new audio adaption of Beau Geste. The broadcast will be available live online and on BBC iPlayer for seven days. As previously mentioned, here and elsewhere author Percival Christopher Wren was born in Deptford in 1875 as plain Percy Wren.

The new radio production was commissioned by the BBC from Art and Adventure. It was recorded on location in Tunisia and was directed by Deptford's very own Willi Richards.

Percy Wren was born in Warwick Street, Deptford and the family subsequently moved to Malpas Road. Wren married Alice Lucie Shovelier in 1899 and in 1901 their daughter Estelle Lenore was born while they were living at the house shown above in Ommaney Road.