32 Londoners - A series of 32 talks on famous Londoners on the Coca-Cola London Eye, in association with Antique Beat and A Curious Invitation on 11th June 2015
Born Aldwyn Roberts, 1922, TrinidadClick here for tickets - £40 each

Calypso icon Lord Kitchener, generally considered the greatest composer of the genre was born in Trinidad in 1922. By the time he left for England in 1948 he was already a successful calypsonian in the Caribbean. There is a famous Pathé clip of him arriving at Tilbury singing ‘London is the place for me." He became part of a vibrant black music scene in London, recording hundreds of calypsos here and appeared regularly on BBC radio and TV. But still, little is known of Kitch, of his career, of his life in London. This talk will look at his relationship to the capital, it will consider the landmarks, the events and the songs in which he commented on his life here. Did London remain the place for him?

Anthony Joseph is a Trinidadian born poet, novelist, musician and lecturer. He is the author of four poetry collections and a novel The African Origins of UFOs as well as five critically acclaimed albums as a vocalist and poet. In 2015 he presented Kitch a BBC 3 documentary based on his biography of Lord Kitchener. He lectures in Poetry and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

8:30 pm - Guests to arrive in the the 32 Londoners' departure lounge in County Hall's Riverside Rooms. Music and entertainment will be provided. Please use this time to find your group. Hosts will be holding signs of the Londoner who is the subject of each of talk.
8:45 pm - First embarkation. Complimentary drinks will be served in your capsule.
9:50 pm - Last disembarkation. Please return to County Hall for more entertainment.
11:00 pm - Lounge closes.

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