In this post I will be focusing on “Twilight at the Shard” by Matt Freestone.
The Shard is a 95-storey skyscraper in Southwark, London. It is the tallest building in the United Kingdom and the 105th tallest in the world. The architect, Renzo Piano, was inspired by the railway lines next to the site. However, the modernised style of the building was met with intense judgment from critics who claimed it would be a “shard through English Heritage” which is how the building got its name.
The city of London is dripping with literary history. English writer and journalist George Orwell spent many years of his life here and is best known for his works “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty Four.” Often regarded as the “best chronicler of English culture during the 20th century, he became famous for the issues he raised, within his writing, concerning social injustice, totalitarianism and democratic socialism. It makes me wonder what he would’ve had to say, possibly even write, about The Shard and what it stands for.
Another personal favourite of mine linked to London is J.M.Barrie. This Scottish novelist and playwright moved to the city of London where he met the Llewlyn Davies boys who inspired him to write about a certain boy who never grows up. He gave the royalty rights for Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital with explicit instructions that it never be known how much money the story generates. Every production, film etc put on has to give a portion of the profits to the charity. J.M.Barrie lives in one of the houses across from Kensington Gardens which now has a Peter Pan statue on show, marking this man’s great work.