I’ll be appearing at the Blake Festival in Oxford on January 18th. More information from: Â www.inspiredbyblake.co.uk
Â Inspired By BlakeÂ Launch Event
with Philip Pullman, Caspar Henderson, and Iain Sinclair
Â When / Where:
Sunday 18th January, 3pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
This panel discussion opens the festival and examines the many different aspects of William Blake, his influence on thought and culture, and his relevance today. The panel featuresÂ Philip Pullman, President of the Blake Society,Â Iain Sinclair,Â author and psychogeographer, whose book âBlakeâs Londonâ examines Blakeâs relationship with our capital, andÂ Caspar Henderson, whose new book, âA New Map of Wondersâ, Â explores wonder and things that make the world astonishing. Renowned Oxford choral Group Schola Cantorum will begin the evening with a performance of settings of Blake’s poems by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Tavener, and Oisten Sommerfeldt.
For tickets, please phone 01865 333623, or visit the Customer Service desk in Blackwell’s Bookshop, or for enquiries, please emailÂ email@example.com
(thanks to the publisher)
BY OUR SELVES
Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair
Battersea Arts Centre
8 Dec | 7:30pm
Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kotting (dressed as a Straw Bear), made a five-day walk from Epping Forest to Helpston in Northamptonshire, following in the footsteps of the poetÂ John Clare.
Clare’s self-imposed march is the spine of the project. A great English pilgrimage, a self-enacted novel in the tradition of Pilgrim’s Progress.
The walk was documented using pin-hole photography and video and has now been edited to form the backdrop for a series of live art performances.
The artistÂ Jem Finer, the singerÂ MacgillivrayÂ and the musicianÂ David AylwardÂ will support the multi-media performances of spoken word and hypnotic soundscapes.Â
Price: ÂŁ15, ÂŁ12 concs
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.
More info can be found on the Official Website.