25th November 2014, 7pm. Tickets ÂŁ8 including a glass of wine.
Granta Presents: Will Self and Iain Sinclair on JG Ballard
To celebrate the launch ofÂ Granta 129: FateÂ two of Britainâs best contemporary writers will discuss the legacy of one of our most important post-war literary figures.
Will Self has described JG Ballardâs body of work as âthe most significant single contribution to English literature in the past half-centuryâ. In âKey Strokeâ, published in the new issue of Granta, Self reimagines J.G Ballardâs last days, striking the keys of the same typewriter that once sat under Ballardâs fingers. We witness the impulses that ignite each sentence as the narrator wanders through the small London dormitory town of Shepperton, contemplating his life and the nature of art. Ballard has been resurrected, however briefly, in Selfâs startling rendering of his consciousness.
Will Self is one of Britainâs best known and critically acclaimed writers. He is the author of five collections of shorter fiction, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction writing, and ten novels, including the Booker shortlistedÂ Umbrella, and most recentlyÂ Shark.
Iain Sinclair has been celebrated as one of Britainâs most visionary writers whose work has done much to popularise ideas of psychogeography in Britain. His book on David Cronenbergâs adaptation of BallardâsÂ CrashÂ was hailed by John Gray in theÂ New StatesmanÂ as âthe most intelligent guide yet to Ballardâs workâ. His works include the novelsÂ Downriver,Â Radon DaughtersÂ andÂ Landorâs Tower, and the nonfiction works London Orbital,Â Ghost MilkÂ and most recentlyÂ American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light.
Will Self and Iain Sinclair will be introduced byÂ Grantaâs publisher and editor, Sigrid Rausing.