Louts, Love & London

Image by Amy Laker from London Books Exhibition
Image by Amy Laker from Louts, Love and London

Images inspired by London Books: Middlesex University BA Hons Illustration

2nd Feb – 1st Mar 2015

Louts, Love and London is inspired by publisher London Books’ list of 1930s’ London literature – gritty, realist and much of it newly reprinted for the first time in many years. Books by authors such as James Curtis and Simon Blumenfeld, once popular and critically acclaimed, offer a unique, contemporaneous view of the triumphs and struggles of the working class between the wars.

Staff and students of the BA (Hons) Illustration course worked in and around London, drawing at locations described in the books. They have produced a collection of atmospheric, exciting images that complement and illuminate the stories that inspired them.

This is the third time Middlesex University staff and students have shown at the Poetry Café. Earlier highly successful exhibitions, Haunts of the PoetsHappy Birthday Edward Lear (which toured nationwide) and War Stories, were held in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Louts, Love and London, presented by the Poetry Society and Middlesex University, is at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WEC2H 9BX, 2 – 28 February 2015. All works are for sale; proceeds go towards the students’ final degree show.

London Books is an independent publisher which believes that the marginalised fiction of the past can be as relevant and exciting today as when it was first published, that its classic reprints reflect the language and politics of tougher eras while its new fiction focuses on emerging authors with something to say and a novel way of getting their messages across. www.london-books.co.uk