Gregory Edwards

Biography

I love to write poetry in my spare time, which generally consists of sitting on trains going in and out of central London. In addition to writing poetry, my work is concerned with art and the urban environment. I call this theme ‘The Decorated City’, and I am dedicated to increasing awareness of how important it is for urban dwellers to have a beautiful and inspiring environment, and not simply empty walls of concrete and brick.

My first printed book ‘Hidden Cities,’ (1991) was a book about history, art and design in architectural details, and was published by Vancouver Canada publisher Talonbooks. I researched and wrote the text, designed the book, and shot all of the 371 photographs in it. ‘Hidden Cities’ won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award for 1992. It was also a nominee for the Vancouver Book Award. You can still find it on Amazon.

In 1994 I moved to London where I have lived, worked and studied for over twenty years. During this time I have exhibited photographs of Art Deco architecture on numerous occasions, and given talks about London’s Art Deco architecture. From 2006-2012 I also had a website called ‘London Deco’.

In September 2014 I published the first volume of a series of ebooks: ‘London Deco: Offices’. This was the first publication dedicated to exclusively examine the city’s considerable number of Art Deco office buildings, most of them in central London. This ebook has over three hundred photographs in it, and includes sections devoted to buildings that no longer exist, and also on contemporary ones which reference Art Deco. This was only available from Apple, but has now been translated to Smashwords, albeit in two volumes due to the high number of photos in it.

This was followed by ‘London Deco: Residences – Part 1 Suburbia’ and some time later with ‘London Deco: Residences – Part 2 Central London’. These two ebooks effectively divide the tremendous number of Art Deco apartments – ‘blocks of flats’ to Londoners – into outer and inner segments which in turn each revolved West - North - East - South. With these two volumes a broad survey is presented, showing the many forms of Art Deco flats constructed in the Greater London area, mainly in the 1930s, but sometimes later. Both feature hundreds of photographs, many in single album frames. At this point only available from Apple.

Another work, ‘London Deco: Introduction’ is available as a free download. All of these books can be located by searching for ‘gregory edwards london deco’. This is available from Apple too, but also from Smashwords for non-Apple users.

Art and poetry activities have so far resulted in ‘Stay Up Late’ which is a collection of science-fiction and fantasy poems available from Smashwords and Apple. I have recently published a new work, an illustrated collection of poems called: ‘Rotten Rhymes’. This is intended to be fun, light reading with the occasional bite of comment on life.

Where to buy in print


Books

Boris Anrep: A Modern Master
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,400. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
Raised in Tzarist pre-revolutionary Russia Boris Anrep became an important British artist in the early twentieth century, yet until now has never had a full overview of his considerable artistic output. A member of the Bloomsbury and Garsington sets of Edwardian England, he knew Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and Augustus John. He trained for fine arts but chose instead to create
We’re All In the Same Boat
Price: Free! Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
‘We’re All In the Same Boat’ is a follow up to last year’s ‘Rotten Rhymes’. Again accompanied throughout by the author’s corresponding illustrations, the poems in this series seek to inspire and amuse, while sometimes asking big questions. They were created for the modern world that we live in and are thus light and lively, but seek to give a taste of parallax with the velocity. Free download.
London Deco: Offices Part 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,390. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
Explore the city’s many Art Deco office buildings in a profusely illustrated ebook by Gregory Edwards. In between the two world wars London rebuilt itself and expanded with bright, new Art Deco styles. Part 2 continues the historical survey, then adds other buildings created in a Post-Modernist style that recapture the original Art Deco look. An 'Art Deco cemetery', and an index conclude it.
London Deco: Offices Part 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,420. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture
Explore the city’s many Art Deco office buildings in a profusely illustrated ebook by Gregory Edwards. In between the two world wars London rebuilt itself and expanded with bright, new Art Deco styles. Discover many buildings that survived the blitz and can still be seen. Part 1 moves from the riverside through Victoria, Mayfair, Soho, and Fitzrovia to the West End.
Rotten Rhymes
Price: Free! Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Here is Rotten Rhymes blundering in to blighten up your day! Inspired by nursery rhymes, and by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and Mervyn Peake (but don't blame them!), this playful collection also invokes a bit of Mad Magazine and Harvard Lampoon. Accompanied by corresponding illustrations, this is a work to be thrown against the wall a few times to soften it up, then devoured with knife and fork.
London Deco: Introduction
Price: Free! Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Architecture, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
'London Deco: Introduction' is an essential introductory volume for the London Deco series of ebooks by Gregory Edwards. 'London Deco: Introduction' attempts to answer the questions: “Why is London not Regarded as an Art Deco City?” and, at least as far as London is concerned, “What Makes a Building Art Deco?”. It also has a directory of British Art Deco Artists and Designers.
Stay Up Late
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Stay Up Late is a collection of poems of varying lengths, most of which have either Science Fiction or Fantasy as their essential themes. They are concerned with the relationships between human beings, their evolving technological world and their place in it, and beyond.

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