13th March, 1:30pm: Sam Roberts

Playing Consequences with Ghost Signs – Talks and Interactive Workshop: This session will explore the storytelling possibilities invited by London’s ‘ghost’ signs, the fading remains of painted advertising on walls. Researcher, archivist and tour guide Sam Roberts will begin by introducing the topic, alongside some of the stories he has uncovered in his own investigations. This will include the use of established facts about signs as a springboard into more speculative interpretations. Following this brief overview, participants will work in groups to develop collective, and potentially surreal, stories based on a handful of London ghost signs using a variant of the consequences parlour game.

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About the Speaker:

Sam Roberts has been researching ghost signs since 2006, has written extensively on the subject, and leads two popular walking tours in London. In addition to his work on the history of painted signs, Sam also founded Better Letters in 2014 to promote contemporary commissions and learning opportunities for aspiring signwriters.

Sam Roberts will be speaking at the North London Story Festival on Tuesday 13th of March at 1:30pm in the Boardroom C219. In order to guarantee a seat for this event, please rsvp via this Eventbrite page. The North London Story Festival is a free event and open to students, faculty and members of the public.

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