What is a Londoner? Discuss

Written by: Sophie Taylor

A politician, a journalist and a filmmaker walk into a University. London Met to be precise, to ask each other: what is a Londoner?

Well what is a Londoner? It’s a good question. Having moved here ten years ago I still find it strange when I meet someone who is a London native, knowing the capital is gloriously full of people who’ve moved here for various reasons from even more various places.

Can you be classed as a Londoner if you’ve lived in the city for a decade? (I can hear some of you gasp)

“No you northern heathen! Of course not!”

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Get your debate hat on and your questions at the ready. Next Tuesday 7th March you can join them all and hear from the likes of Hackney and Islington Labour politician Jennette Arnold, a keen campaigner for women’s rights, first training as a nurse.

Guardian and Spectator writer, Maurice McLeod will also be speaking, a trustee for campaign group Race on the Agenda he writes about social issues, racism and cultural diversity.

From a slightly different media spectrum you’ve got Vice journalist, documentary maker and DJ, Kartel Brown whose film on the LGBT dancehall scene premiered at CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen in November 2015.

I’m intrigued by Black Mirror-esque writer and psychologist Catharine Arnold, who is best known for her dark series of history books including Necropolis: London and its Dead and City of Sin: London and its Vices.

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It looks set to be a lively debate. What is a Londoner will be held within The School of Computing and Digital Media. Tickets are free and available for all here

What is a Londoner? 4 – 7pm

Room TG-30, Tower Building

London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road

N7 8DB

Photos by Mike Barry.

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