Support this website. Thanks!


(updated) Official launch of the 70×70 book at the LRB

Finally confirmed:×70-unlicensed-preaching-iain-sinclair

News from Test Centre

Big news from Test Centre: a new website, a new novel (by Stewart Home) and more.

Check out the announcement here:

Iain on Thinking Allowed

Iain and Place-Hacking Hack-tivist Bradley L. Garrett talk about Breadley’s book, London, Place-Hacking and more in the BBC4 Radio Program Thinking Allowed.




Swandown in Hackney on 5/10/2014


I am introducing a screening of ‘Swandown‘ for Gareth Evans, in the Hackney ‘Hole’, on Sunday 5th October at 4.30. 

More details available here:

Swandown (12A)

Directed by Andrew Kotting with Iain Sinclair
2012, 94 mins

5 October 2014

Introduced by Iain Sinclair
In association with Gareth Evans
Many thanks to Andrew Kotting

“This documentary by quirky British film-maker Andrew Kötting and the eccentrically brilliant urban historian and social geographer Iain Sinclair traces a journey they made recently by sea, river and canal from Hastings on the Sussex coast to the site of the 2012 Olympics. Their vessel was a pedalo in the shape of a swan, Kötting wore a dark three-piece suit and Sinclair jeans and a battered baseball cap, and the aim was to draw attention to the antisocial, hubristic stupidity of the Games and their chosen location. Along the way the pair comment on the surrounding countryside and its history, using old newsreel film and quoting from Edward Lear, Conrad, James, Eliot, Edmund Spenser, Edith Sitwell, Pound, Brecht and Werner Herzog, and occasionally they let others do some pedalling.

Like a cross between Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat and WG Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, this is a constantly beguiling movie with an underlying touch of bitterness, especially towards the end. The best line comes from the author of graphic novels Alan Moore, who takes over briefly at the pedals and remarks of Sinclair: “He doesn’t think that anything should happen in Hackney without his permission.”

– Philip French, from The Observer

Dawn til Dusk: A Swan Song. Freya Gabie
Sunday 28th September, dawn until dusk plus viewing from the tower of St John at Hackney Church, 2-4.30pm

The Swan Song is an expression born from an ancient belief that the swan, a silent creature throughout life: emits a beautiful, haunting song only once, at the point of death. An articulation of loss, transcendence, beauty, entropy: it encapsulates a moment of both rupture and rapture. It is the boundary point between two states: the edge. In ‘Dawn til Dusk: A Swan Song’, artist Freya Gabie will give the ancient condemned site of St John’s Rectory Garden its own Swan Song, attempting to give the landscape a voice at the moment of its death.

“70×70 – Unlicensed Preaching: A Life Unpacked In 70 Films” now available for pre-order

Allow me to write a short note:

This is a great book which is also a reference book with information about the 70 movies, the locations, the events, the story behind the 70×70 event and a London that has already disappeared in less than 2 years.

A beautiful book outside and inside, the product of a love and a dedication that is beyond financial gain, and idea that is so foreign these days.

A true must-have for anyone involved in anyway with Iain Sinclair, movies, London and books.

PS: feel free to post (no registration required) a comment about the book if you’d like.


70x70-cover-spec-1.indd 70x70-book-15.indd

Iain Sinclair
70×70 – Unlicensed Preaching: A Life Unpacked In 70 Films

Published 23 October 2014
ISBN: 9780992643454

Published by King Mob
in association with Volcano Publishing and Purge
Distributed by Central Books

On turning 70 years old on 11th June 2013, Iain Sinclair – writer, filmmaker, poet, walker, perpetual seeker of the perimeter and reluctant magus of the media school of psycho-geography – found it hard to resist the offer of the opportunity to make his choice of 70 films that related to, and are oft interwoven across his entire writing career. This was a chance to have these films shown in a variety of venues and resonant locations across London – a city Sinclair has made his own, a city he has (re)defined.
This book features both Sinclair’s explanation of the films chosen and their relationship to his novels and his life along with the resultant forensic documentation of this epic curatorial journey – film as mirrors, film as portals, film mutated through radio waves – additions to the teeming city ghost voices, film as a journey to no fixed abode.
Sinclair spoke at many of the events, a constant updating and realigning, placing his choices in the here and now and soon to come. Predicting, proposing, provoking. He was aided and abetted by old friends, fellow writer Alan Moore, film-making co-conspiriators Andrew Kötting (Swandown) and Chris Petit (London Orbital), along with film academics Colin MacCabe and Gareth Evans and other manifestations from his fictional/factional role call. All seventy of the events were documented and these words and images now form an impressionistic memento of Iain Sinclair’s 70×70 year, a defining corollary to this writer’s extraordinary life.

Pre-order to buy the book at a reduced price, with the inclusion of a unique 7-frame strip of film of Iain Sinclair on his 70th birthday, shot by Stanley Schtinter & Susu Laroche .

The books will be mailed to you in early October.

Click here to go to the pre-order page

“And I’m at the Battersea Arts Centre, with Toby Jones, on Sept 30th”

At times Iain launches only snippets. I haven’t managed to find anything about this one. Anyone out there?