Tom Chivers: Enchanted Ground

The Rose Playhouse

A online Zoom event beginning at 8.00 pm

In his new book London Clay (‘action-packed, erudite’ — The Times), Tom Chivers follows hidden pathways, explores lost islands and uncovers the geological mysteries that burst up through the pavement and bubble to the surface of our streets. In this special webinar, Tom will discuss some of London’s most intriguing hidden sites — from Roman temples and abandoned Tube stations to buried playhouses and underground rivers — and explain how his journeys across the city lead back to Bankside and The Rose — his ‘personal ground zero’.

“A beguiling mix of history, geology, folklore and memoir that captivated me from the first page.” Lara Maiklem



Tom Chivers is a writer, publisher and arts producer. He was born in 1983 in south London. He has released two pamphlets and two collections of poetry, the latest being Dark Islands (Test Centre, 2015). His poems have been anthologised in Dear World & Everything In It and London: A History in Verse. He was shortlisted for the Michael Marks and Edwin Morgan Poetry Awards and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2011. Tom has made perambulatory, site-specific and audio work for organisations that include LIFT, Cape Farewell, Humber Mouth and the Southbank Centre. He was writer-in-residence at the Bishopsgate Institute and associate artist of the National Centre of Writing. In 2009 he presented a documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the poet Barry MacSweeney. In 2011 an animated film of his poem “The Event” was broadcast by Channel 4’s Random Acts. His nonfiction debut, London Clay: Journeys in the Deep City, was released in September 2021 by Doubleday Books. He lives in Rotherhithe with his wife and daughters.


Tickets are £6 (concessions are available for Friends of The Rose and students) and can be booked through TryBooking by clicking here. You will receive a link to this Zoom event via email. Any additional contributions for The Rose Playhouse will be much appreciated and go towards funding the Rose Revealed Project.

Please note that booking for this event will close at 7.00 pm on 11 January.

Photo: Akiko DuPont

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site; it is advisable to dress warmly because there is no heating. There are no toilets, so please use those at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is 200 metres away.

Booking Information

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020 7261 9565