The first Wanstead Social Distance Club

UPDATE: This meeting is now past – you can read about it here.

The inaugural meeting of the Wanstead Social Distance Club takes place today at 1pm when author John Rogers will speak about some of the fascinating things he’s learned while walking around our bit of east London.

John was one of the first people to take part in the Wanstead Fringe and has been something of a stalwart. He is a constantly creative presence in our bit of East London, is author of the Lost Byway blog and the book This Other London, and is the maker of beautiful films.

Russell Brand calls him an alchemist, Iain Sinclair said he was a walker/writer from a better time.

The meeting is the first in a series of talks Wansteadium will be hosting during the lockdown. It will start at 1pm and finish by 1.30 – ideal, in other words, to take part in over a spot of WFH lunch.

To take part, click this link at some point before 1pm. The controls at the bottom of the screen allow you to “raise your hand” to ask a question. Otherwise when you join the meeting you will be on mute.

Here is a video John made on his most recent walk – it was taken before the lockdown – which includes some areas very close to home.