On Wednesday, 5 June Iain Sinclair will give a lecture during the Reading Poetry Festival. Iain’s “Gerald Finzi Memoria Lecture” is titled American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light and will start at 6.30 pm at L22, Institute of Education in the University of Reading.
The event is free, but placed are limited and booking is mandatory. Click here to book a seat, and here for more information.
Chris Petit’s Museum of Loneliness
The London Review of Books Blog has published an interesting article about the launch of Chris Petit’s The Museum of Loneliness earlier this month. It also discusses Test Center‘s anti-commercialism, an attitude which does not automatically exclude the market. You can find it here.
An author-customised copy of a first edition of Iain Sinclair’s White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s (London) on Tuesday, 21 May at 7.15pm.
The event is called First Edition, Second Thoughts, during which 50 first edition books which have been costumised and annotated by their British and Commonwealth authors shall be put up for action. Among these works there are Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Death of a Naturalist and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, just to name a few.
All proceeds from the auction shall go to the benefit of English Pen, a British association of writers who fight for freedom of expression and to promote literature. For more information, please visit Sotheby’s website.
A programme of entertaining and informative talks about Hackney to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week 2013
Iain Sinclair: Celebrating Unbuilt Utopias and other Notable Follies: Monday 20th May 2013 @The Round Chapel Auditorium
Iain Sinclair has written numerous works on Hackney and the East End including Hackney: That Rose Red Empire. In this talk he will look at some of the consequences of imposing grand-project parks and computer-generated palaces of vanities on East London. He outlines a few absurdist strategies for countering such ruinously expensive activity from the attractive but untenable position: that there is nothing wrong with any extravagant plan or proposition, so long as it is not actually constructed.
Seats must be booked in advance. For Iain Sinclair’s talk at The Round Chapel 500 places can be offered; for this talk only HHBT are asking for a minimum donation of £2 per head to cover expenses.
All bookings can be made with Lisa Pressland, Venue Manager for Hackney Historic Buildings Trust. Please email email@example.com or call 02089860029 to reserve a place.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with the exception of Kate Colquhoun’s talk on Thursday 23rd May, for which doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
More information – especially upon the other talks of the ALW – can be found here.
Our friends of Akinabooks are back with four new releases. For those who might not know, Akina is a small, indipendent London-based publisher of exquisite photobooks and self-published magazines.
Three new issues of the acclaimed Eclisse Zine Series are now ready to ship: fifth Eclisse If I exorcise my devils my angels may leave too follows the track of Marco Risovic and Nemanja Pancic, photojournalists from the Serbian collective Kamerades.
If I exorcise my devils my angels may leave too
The sixth Eclisse The Star by Nobody in particular is released under Creative Common License and the author has decided to remain anonymous. It “lays the game of image reappropriation, unveiling and bending the media mechanism of power against itself through a merciful accumulation and juxtaposition of its own symbols”.
Nobody in particular
The seventh Eclisse is called Of Liquid cities and celestial abbatoirs by Canada-based photographer Frank Rodick , and is ” a frightening roller-coaster run through the dark ocean of primal instincts hidden under the polished surface of modern metropolis”.
Of liquid cities and celestial abattoirs
Last but not least, 365 is now available for pre-order and the 365 copies will be dispatched soon. The book is Akina’s first full lenght release and is the photographic diary of silence of Alexander Aksakov, a Russian young man who spent a whole year in a military base during the compulsory draft.
For all the information on how to buy or pre-order Akinabooks’ volumes, or simply to know who Alex and Valentina are please visit their website http://akinabooks.com/
What: Evening events When: Fri 17 May 2013 18:30 Where: Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
EVENING TALK: Join leading contemporary artist Gavin Turk as he talks with the writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair about his career.
Turk has created pioneering sculptures, installations and images that explore authorship, authenticity, and art history. This event is chaired [...]