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The Night Shift

Writing and Research on London's Dark Half: A Seminar Series based at Birkbeck College which ran in the academic year 2010/11.


'Autopia (Untitled)' by Dan Holdsworth. Used with permission

‘The hour should be the evening and the season winter...How beautiful a London street is then, with its islands of light, and its long groves of darkness' – Virginia Woolf

Birkbeck's School of Arts in Gordon Square in Bloomsbury hosted this writing and research network on the theme of London at night. ‘The Night Shift', in part celebrating Birkbeck's night-school contribution to London after dark, brought together work by fiction writers, poets, cultural historians, literary critics, photographers, artists and film-makers. We looked at the night side of London in literal but also lateral ways, thinking about night work, night walking, dreams, psychogeographies, artificial illumination, underworlds, erotic spaces, counter-cultures, radicals and subversives, Gothic and apocalyptic fantasies, noir adventures, and other dark moods of the city.