Centre for Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH)

The Centre for Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH) is an exciting new initiative exploring the many ways in which people are now documenting and narrating their lives.

The Centre for Life Writing and Oral History gives London Met an opportunity to develop its significant expertise in these areas, and to welcome a wide range of local people into the university, deepening our links with the community and demonstrating how our research can serve them.

CLiOH is organised by Professor John Gabriel (School of Social Professions), Professor Jenny Harding (School of Computing and Digital Media) and Professor Anne Karpf (Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design).

What we do

CLiOH will run a range of meetings, seminars and screenings open to scholars, students and the public, all of them building on London Met’s commitment to social justice, widening participating and diversity.

CLiOH launched on 10 March 2020 with an event entitled 'Writing Black Lives'. Future events include 'A Bite of the Apple' in April 2020, an interview with Virago’s Lennie Goodings on her publishing memoir, followed in October 2020 with a screening of The Lucas Plan, a documentary on the workers’ plan to replace military products with socially useful, sustainable ones.

Events are free and open to all. Please register in advance via CLiOH's eventbrite page. 

Next event:

Tuesday 21 April 6 - 9 pm: A Bite of the Apple - On Publishing Women and Women in Publishing  

Virago Books has been telling the stories of women's lives, in rescued classics and modern memoirs, for over 40 years. As its publisher and now chair, Lennie Goodings has been at the very heart of its struggles and triumphs. In conversation with Professor Anne Karpf, she talks about:

  • the business of publishing
  • her own experience as the publisher of Margaret Atwood, Maya Angelou and Sarah Waters
  • the intimacy of editing
  • the process of writing a memoir, as her compelling book about Virago, A Bite of the Apple, is published

The event will begin with a discussion between Lennie Goodings and Professor Anne Karpf, followed by an open discussion with the audience. The evening will end with networking and refreshments.