Books, writers and reading groups

The Ancient Mariner Big Read.  A daily reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, each passage read by a different actors, writers, performers and others, with art works and videos.  Created by writer Philip Hoare and artists Sarah Cockayne and Sarah Chapman.

The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.   This year, the Hay Festival will be digital, running from 18-31 May.  Adult programme runs 22-31 May (events for schools, 18-22 May). Writers featured include Margaret Atwood, Inua Ellams, Ali Smith and Elif Shafak

The London Library events.  The London Library has videos of past book events, and some upcoming online events.

Penguin Perspectives. Penguin UK publishes weekly essays by leading authors with their response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Orwell lectures.  The Foundation which runs the George Orwell prizes has videos or audio versions of its annual lectures about political writing:

Moby Dick Big Read.  A daily reading of Moby Dick by Herman Melville, each passage read by a different actors, writers, performers and others, with art works and videos.

Foyles bookshop has a number of Q&As with fiction and non-fiction writers:

The Guardian has an on-line reading group with a different book each month, chosen by readers:









Art, Theatre and Dance


The Arts Society is running a fortnightly series of Lectures at Home on various subjects:

The National Gallery has a range of short and long films about art:

The Tate has lots of ways to stay connected, calm and creative while their galleries are closed:


Theatre and dance

The National Theatre is showing one of its Live productions each week:

The Globe Theatre is showing one of its productions every two weeks:

The Guardian has links to live streams of new plays and dance pieces and productions from the archives – updated every day:


History and archaeology

Local History

Camden Local History and Archives Centre have a number of online talks about Camden, including: Charles Dickens and Camden; The Bedford Theatre, Camden;  Holborn Warships Week; Memories of Kings Cross; Camden Tour Guide podcasts and more:

Interview with our chief Archivist Tudor Allen about Camden's literary connections.
Literary London.  Resonance Radio, 27 March 2015 - running time one hour.

History and archaeology

The British Museum has online images of thousands of items in its collection:

DigVentures offers online courses about archaeology.  Learn about archaeology - from the ground up!


The Royal Society has a range of full length talks and short films on science subjects, plus series of short interviews by the astronomer Brian Cox about People of Science: