September 2015 | Fiona Karn-Smith

On a sunny September weekend, a phenomenon arrived the ORNC in the form of ‘Doughnut’, a festival celebration of all things ‘Outer London’ organised jointly by the ORNC and the Architecture Foundation. Doughnut, wasn’t just any old festival, it was a day full of events exploring the changing face of Outer London featuring debates and talks with leading architects, writers and critics. Meanwhile outside in the Queen Anne courtyard, were food stalls, children’s workshops and live music – all sourced from within the M25.

Over the next decade, the population in London is due to increase by a figure equivalent to the population of Birmingham. This growth affects Londoners old and new. The gentrification of the city’s heritage is driving out creatives, and many Londoners are being priced out of its centre contributing to housing shortages that are subject to popular debate.

The festival was a huge success, culminating with an engrossing and hugely entertaining discussion between Will Self and Hanif Kureishi and to finish a Q&A session with writers of the hit comedy The Inbetweeners, Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, who spoke about the struggles their characters faced growing up in the ‘burbs’ of London….

Listen below to the Damon Beesley and Iain Morris Q&A. Please be aware that it may contain explicit content.

Photo: Nick Wall