Events

Forthcoming Events

11 November, 7.30pm
Tring Book Festival
High Street Baptist Church, 89 High Street, Tring HP23 4AB
I’ll be in a London history-themed discussion with Tom Chivers, author of London Clay, and Mudlarking author Lara Maiklem, about my book, The Wood that Built London.

4 November, 6.30pm
Southwark Cathedral Talk

Online
In this live-streamed event, I’ll be discussing my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London (Sandstone Press). Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, it charts the fortunes of the North Wood that once covered much of South London. Free.

21 October, 7.30pm
The Bookseller Crow 

50 Westow Street Crystal Palace London SE19 3AF
I’ll be in conversation with Travis Elborough about my book, The Wood that Built London, published by Sandstone Press  on 7  October 2021.

16 October, 3 pm
Friends of Garthorne Road Nature Reserve Open Day 
Garthorne Road Nature Reserve, Beadnell Road, London SE23 1AA
I’m delighted to be reading from my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press on 7 October 2021, at the Friends of Garthorne Road Open Day. Explore this quiet wildlife oasis, bring a picnic, and follow the tree trail or mini-beast hunt. No booking required; suggested donation £2.

14 October, 12.30 pm
Authors’ Club Lunch

National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE
In this live, in-person event, I’ll be discussing my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, published by Sandstone Press  on 7  October 2021. Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, it charts the fortunes of the North Wood that once covered much of South London. The two-course lunch is £30.

9 October, 2pm
Bookmark Blairgowrie
Blairgowrie Community Campus, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, PH10 6UZ
I’m delighted to be discussing my travelogue Along the Amber Route with Gail Wylie at the live, in-person Bookmark Blairgowrie  Festival, in an event postponed from last year on account of the pandemic. A local jeweller who specialises in amber will be putting on a display to enhance the talk.

20 September, 7–8 pm
Lambeth Heritage Festival
Online
In this live-streamed event, I’ll be discussing my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press on 7 October 2021. Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, it charts the fortunes of the North Wood that once covered much of South London. Free.

12 September, 3 pm
Grangewood Park 120th Birthday 

Grangewood Park, 157 Ross Road, London, SE25 6TW
I’m delighted to be reading from my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press on 7 October 2021, at the Friends of Grangewood Park’s party to celebrate 120 years since the park first opened its gates. There will also be family and children’s entertainment, art and poetry workshops, and information about the history of the park and its wildlife.

Past Events

2021

18 July, 2 pm
Fourth Reserve Art Day

Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve, Eddystone Road, London SE4 2DE
In this live, in-person event, I’ll be discussing my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press in October 2021. Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, it charts the fortunes of the North Wood that once covered much of South London. This event is free.

8 July, 4.30 pm
Authors’ Club and NLC Literary Circle Read-a-Thon
National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE
I’m delighted to be reading from my book Along the Amber Route as part of this Read-a-Thon to raise funds to help the NLC purchase a concert grand piano. Other readers include John Walsh, Sue Hubbard, Sunny Singh, Tim Ades and Richard Hamilton. For bookings, please get in touch with the Booking Team at bookings@nlc.org.uk or call 020 7968 0912.

29 June, 7pm
The Wood That Built London: Bell House Talk
Online
I’ll be discussing my forthcoming book, The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press in October 2021. Drawing on historic documents, maps and environmental evidence, it charts the fortunes of the North Wood that once covered much of what is now South London: its ecology, its ownership, its management, its gradual encroachment by the metropolis, and the battles fought by local people, alongside the London Wildlife Trust, to save what remained.

17 June, 2pm
LitLunch Online with Jayne Joso
Online
Going live at 2pm, Thursday 17 June, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, I interview Jayne Joso about her collection of short fiction, Japan Stories

22 April, 2pm
LitLunch Online with Ariana Neumann
Online
Going live at 2pm, Thursday 22 April, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, I interview Ariana Neumann about her extraordinary memoir When Time Stopped

25 February, 2pm
LitLunch Online with Francis Spufford
Online
Going live at 2pm, Thursday 25 February, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, I interview Francis Spufford about his brilliant new novel Light Perpetual. 

13 January, 7.30–8.30pm
Uncut Leaves
Online
In this revival of a Victorian tradition, Authors’ Club members read extracts from their as-yet-unpublished work. I will be reading from my forthcoming book The Wood that Built London, to be published by Sandstone Press in autumn 2021. The readings will take place via Zoom, and will be followed by a live Q&A. Admission is free.

2020

10 December, 6.30–7.30pm
Mapping the Great North Wood
Online
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film by C.J. Schüler tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants. The screening is part of the London Wildlife Trust’s Festival of the Great North Wood, and will be followed by a live Q&A. Admission is free.

19 November, 2pm
LitLunch Online with Melissa Harrison
Online
Going live at 2pm, Thursday 19 November, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, I interview the novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison about her latest book The Stubborn Light of Things and her hit podcast of the same name.

24 September, 2pm
LitLunch Online with Henry Hemming
Online
Going live at 2pm, Thursday 24 September, on the Authors’ Club YouTube channel, I’ll be in conversation with Henry Hemming about his latest book, Our Man in New York (Quercus).

8 July, 7pm
Wigtown Wednesdays
Online
I’ll be discussing Along the Amber Route with Lee Randall as part of the Wigtown Festival’s series of online events.

11 May, 7.30pm
Brixton BookJam
Online Special
I’ll be reading from Along the Amber Route, in company with other authors, at this long-standing and very popular event, which is now taking place online.

16 May, 5.30pm
LitFest Online
I am delighted to announce that I’ll be discussing my travelogue Along the Amber Route (published by Sandstone Press) with Mary Novakovich at the Authors’ Club LitFest Online. I’m also honoured to be interviewing Leonie Charlton and Hadley Freeman as part of the festival, which runs from 15–17 May. Full details here

9 June, 7.30pm
Barnett’s Literary Lounge CANCELLED
Barnett’s Books, Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6AA
Following the Amber Route from the Baltic to the Mediterranean, C. J. Schüler charts the origins of amber, the myths and legends that have grown around it, and the dazzling artefacts crafted from it and traded along the way. Schüler reflects on the route’s violent history through the centuries, not least his own family’s experience of persecution and flight.

12 September, 2pm
BOOKMARK Blairgowrie
CANCELLED
St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie PH10 6EY, Scotland
BOOKMARK is delighted to welcome C J Schüler to Blairgowrie, where he will take our audience from St Petersburg to Venice, though unusual landscapes, forgotten or ignored histories and family memoirs, all linked by the magical powers of amber.

3 March, 7pm
Book Launch: Along the Amber Route: St Petersburg to Venice
Stanfords, 7 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9FA
By invitation.

2019

5 June, 7pm
Mapping the Great North Wood
Friends of Biggin Wood, St Oswald’s Church Hall, St Oswald’s Rd London SW16 3SB
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants. I shall be screening it at the Friends of Biggin Wood AGM, where Tim Bird will also be signing copies of his delightful graphic novel The Great North Wood. The event is open to all.

2018

27 November, 7–9pm
Last Post: A Literary Journal Launch
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE

I am delighted to be moderating the launch of a new journal dedicated to his life and work, published by the Ford Madox Ford Society in association with the Open University. Last Post: A Literary Journal aims to provide a Fordian meeting-place for conversation, comment and criticism, with informal pieces beside scholarly essays and creative non-fiction.

The speakers will be: Sara Haslam, Chair, Ford Madox Ford Society; Senior Lecturer in English, Open University; Max Saunders, former Chair, Ford Madox Ford Society; Professor of English and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, King’s College London; Paul Skinner, general editor, Last Post; Delia da Sousa Correa, Senior Lecturer in Literature, Open University; series editor, Katherine Mansfield Studies

Drinks will be provided. The event is free, but please register via Eventbrite as places are limited.

25 November, 11:00am – 3:00pm
London Wildlife Trust Tree Day 
Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Rd, London SE15 4EE
The Centre for Wildlife Gardening’s annual Tree Day features a range of woodcraft workshops including traditional green-wood carving and turning demonstrations.  From 2.15-3.00pm there will be a screening of my documentary film Mapping the Great North Wood, charting the history of the wood that once covered much of south London, and today’s efforts to conserve its remnants. Admission is free.

1 October, 7–9pm
Behold, America: Sarah Churchwell in conversation
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE
I am very pleased to be interviewing the brilliant author and academic Sarah Churchwell about her new book, Behold, America, which charts the murky history of the phrases ‘America First’ and ‘The American Dream’, and the way they have shaped the political climate of the USA today.

18 September, 12.30–3pm
Authors’ Club Lunch with Ted Sandling
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE
I am delighted to be introducing Ted Sandling to discuss his book London in Fragments: A Mudlarker’s Treasures, an enthralling guide to the historical relics to be found on the Thames foreshore.

9 September, 10am–6pm
Festival of the Great North Wood
Sydenham Hill Wood, London SE26
I shall be taking part in the London Wildlife Trust’s Festival of the Great North Wood, a celebration of the Wood’s wildlife and history. Visitors will be able to enjoy a series of guided walks throughout the day, led by London Wildlife Trust staff and volunteers, and DVDs of my film Mapping the Great North Wood will be on sale.

7 September, 7pm
Mapping the Great North Wood
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film by C.J. Schüler tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants. The screening will be followed by drinks at the bar.

14 August, 2pm
The History of the Great North Wood
Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8NB
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film by C.J. Schüler tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants. Sam Bentley-Toon, Great North Wood project officer for the London Wildlife Trust, will give a talk. Admission is free.

24 April, 7pm
Writing, Healing and the First World War
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE
I will be chairing a panel discussion with Ford Madox Ford specialist Sara Haslam, Vivien Whelpton, biographer of the Imagist poet Richard Aldington, and the writer and lecturer Sunny Singh, who will discuss Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s WWI story, The Troth (Usne Kaha Tha).

12 April, 8pm
Mapping the Great North Wood
Friends of One Tree Hill, St Augustine’s Church, Honor Oak Park, London SE23 3LE
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film by C.J. Schüler tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants.

2 February, 6pm
Mapping the Great North Wood

Centre for Wildlife Gardening, 28 Marsden Rd, London SE15 4EE
Once, a large part of South London was forest. Through historic maps and live footage, this 20-minute documentary film by C.J. Schüler tracks its amazing history, and today’s efforts to conserve its surviving remnants. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

2017

22 November, 7pm
Uncut Leaves Revived
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HEAuthors’ Club evening featuring members reading from their own work. The other participants are the brilliant Radhika Swarup, Suzi Feay and Meike Ziervogel, all reading from their latest and as yet unpublished works.

27 April, 7pm
Just the Facts? Some thoughts on writing non-fiction
The Authors’ Club at the National Liberal Club, London SW1 2HE
With Nicholas Fearn (Zeno and the Tortoise) on popularising philosophy; Chris Chalmers on what writers can learn from advertising; Sarah Wise (The Italian Boy) on the challenges for historians; Lucasta Miller (The Bronte Myth) on  the doomed Romantic poet Letitia Landon, and ex-Chairman and club historian C.J. Schüler on telling our story in his wonderful Writers, Lovers, Soldiers, Spies. (£15 guests, £10 Authors’ Club/NLC members.)