TALK: Waterloo: The Way It Was

  • Gwen SouthgateWhat was life like in Waterloo in the Thirties and Forties?
  • What was an “airy”?
  • How, where and when do you wash discreetly if you don’t have access to a bath?
  • What qualifications are required before you are allowed to take a neighbour’s baby out in its pram?

These are just some of the topics covered by Gwen Southgate in her fascinating memoir of growing up in Waterloo in the Thirties: Coin Street Chronicles: London’s Vanished Old South Bank Area.

Eighty-three-year-old Gwen returns to South London to read extracts from her book at a special event presented by The Vauxhall Society.

She is joined by film-maker Michael Bruce, whose acclaimed 1982 documentary A Story of Waterloo blends archive material with interviews with local residents. Excerpts from the film will be shown, and the evening will conclude with a Q&A session with Gwen and Michael.

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2013
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm
Location: Upstairs at the Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Rd, London SW8 1LA
Admission: Free
All welcome

Coin Street Chronicles: London’s Vanished Old South Bank is available at Foyle’s on the South Bank or viaamazon.co.uk. Bring your copy and get it signed by the author on the night.

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