Croydon Till I Die

Outer London is rising to power, if you believe Will Self

Posted on September 23rd, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Doughnut Festival 2015 was its name but, as Charles Barber reports, its content was meaty

I was recently both intrigued and excited to learn about the ‘Doughnut Festival’, hosted by writer Will Self and presented by the Architecture Foundation, to be held to discuss and explore the outer suburbs of London. 

Once it was all about Zones 1 and 2 without a doubt: seat of government, home to the … Read More »

Print Archive: July-August 2015 print edition – In defence of the suburbs

Posted on September 1st, by The Croydon Citizen in Site News. No Comments

As ‘Croydon Till I Die’ rocked the borough, this edition explored the nature of suburban identity and its impact on Croydon’s past and future

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Croydon ’til they die: Andy Miller and John Grindrod in conversation

Posted on July 15th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

Croydon is the super ‘burb, pin-up and lightning rod for all that post-war development promised then (arguably) failed to deliver. This summer, celebrated authors John Grindrod and Andy Miller have explored suburban identity in their literary roadshow, Croydon Till I Die.

Here are John and Andy on how their four book-readings in Crystal Palace, Shoreditch, Fairfield Halls and the Brecon Beacons came about, what they set … Read More »

In defence of the suburbs

Posted on July 7th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The suburb is inoffensive, but why does it conjure up so much negative sentiment? asks James Naylor

“But what, exactly, do the suburbs need defending from?” said Rob.

To me, the answer felt obvious. It was the reason that I, and 300 others, gathered on 11th June for the final leg of the part literary roadshow, part reading group, part evangelical revival that was … Read More »

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: if David Bowie saw Croydon now

Posted on June 26th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 3 comments

“I hated it with a vengeance”, said David Bowie. Or did he? The clues are all there, thinks Andrew Dickinson

Approximately 300 of us packed in to the Arnhem Gallery last Thursday 11th June to be part of the travelling book-reading-cum-public-debate show, ‘Croydon Til I Die’, which looks at suburban life and questions why it’s so often – and so famously – been sneered at. Although … Read More »

Have you heard what they’re saying about Croydon?

Posted on June 8th, by Bernadette Fallon in Culture. 4 comments

What debt does urban civilisation owe to Croydon? Bernadette Fallon on wrangling, rebuttal and getting supermodels on the record

Mention the word ‘Croydon’ to someone and you’re likely to get one of three reactions:

(a) fiercely dismissive – “Croydon”, said in the tone of voice one might use when discussing the inner circles of Hell

(b) fiercely protective – “are you having a … Read More »

Event review: Croydon Till I Die, at Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace, Thursday May 21st

Posted on May 26th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Militant Cronx dweller Liz Sheppard-Jones gets to grips with suburban identity

I woke up on the morning of Friday 8th May with a strong desire to place the British electorate on a giant collective naughty step, there to consider how its behaviour and attitudes could be improved. And, at the end of a fascinating evening at the Bookseller Crow store on Westow Street, Crystal Palace, I wanted … Read More »

‘Croydon Till I Die’: a series of summer events celebrating the suburbs

Posted on May 6th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Authors Bob Stanley, Lucy Mangan, John Grindrod and Andy Miller are to present ‘Croydon Till I Die’, a series of events celebrating the cultural life of the suburbs.

Release begins:  “I think it’s the most derogatory thing I can say about somebody or something: God, it’s so f**king Croydon!” David Bowie (ex-Tin Machine).

The borough of Croydon has borne the brunt of decades of mockery from the likes … Read More »