John Grindrod


Bigger in year 2: the Croydon Literary Festival 2018

Posted on September 27th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. No Comments

2017 was so much fun that we’re doing it again on Saturday 27th October

You might remember that, in early 2017, Johnny Rose put up a shout out for volunteers to set up Croydon’s first ever literary festival. I was one of a handful of people who came forward; in the end, four of us (plus some amazing helpers on the day) put on a one-day literary … Read More »



Event review: the launch of the Journey Through Brutalism exhibition at RISE Gallery

Posted on March 12th, by Taylan Tahir in Culture. No Comments

We need to talk about Croydon’s brutalist architecture

Turning off from the relentless stream of cars driving up and down Wellesley Road, I glanced up at the unlit tower of concrete and glass soaring overhead and shimmering in the streetlights. The Nestlé building rested peacefully in the crisp evening air. Its slender vertical structure faded to a dark grey, blending seamlessly into the night sky. I ducked … Read More »



Read all about it: Croydon’s first literary festival is here

Posted on August 11th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. 1 Comment

Forget Hay-on-Wye. Your literary heritage will be celebrated on Saturday 9 September at the David Lean Cinema

If Stoke Newington and Balham can have a literary festival, then why not Croydon? That was the thinking back in April this year, when Croydon stalwart Jonny Rose called together a group of like-minded volunteers to put together the borough’s inaugural literary festival.

One meeting … Read More »



Book review: Outskirts by Croydon’s John Grindrod

Posted on July 31st, by Ian Marvin in Culture. 1 Comment

John Grindrod, a writer from the outskirts, on his New Addington boyhood in ‘the last road in London’

Ostensibly the first book to tell the tale of Britain’s green belts, Outskirts depicts how growing up living in ‘the last road in London’ was inevitably a formative experience for John Grindrod that gave him a unique vision of the conflicts and contradictions intrinsic to the creation of green … Read More »



Welcome to Croydon’s festival season 2017

Posted on June 15th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. 2 comments

Get set to celebrate summer with festivals across the borough

Keep your eye on the weather forecast. A lot depends on it. There’s a long (and let’s hope hot) summer of festivals and open air fun ahead.

Of course, not all the events will be outdoors. And even if it pours, our stiff upper lips will see us through. Not to mention our cagoules.

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The ‘cool kids’ are taking a shine to Croydon again

Posted on September 6th, by James Naylor in Politics & Society. No Comments

The Citizen’s Editor-in-Chief and founder of Croydon Tours takes a sceptical look at Croydon’s newfound trendiness

There actually being a Croydon National Trust guidebook, it is safe to say, would be a dream come true for me. One of the things that I enjoy boring my friends, media pundits, fellow editors, writers, and just about anyone that will listen with is that Croydon is a lot more … Read More »



National Trust announces Edge City Croydon

Posted on July 5th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

From Friday 15th until Sunday 24th July, National Trust London will run guided tours of Croydon as part of an event to publicise the borough’s post-war social, political and architectural heritage.

Release begins: This July, National Trust London delves into the contemporary heritage of Croydon and shines a spotlight on the borough as one of the most important examples of the post-war ambition to build a new society. Hot on 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 »



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 »