Friday 10 February, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum
‘But sometimes,’ Don DeLillo wrote, ‘the street spills over me, too much to absorb, and I have to stop thinking and keep walking.’ Iain Sinclair considers an old city stretched to the point of erasure, and a walker disappearing into the labyrinth of his own footprints.
Iain Sinclair is the author of Lights Out for the Territory, Downriver and Ghost Milk. He lives in Haggerston, East London.
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It merges documentary and horror, diving head first into the ceremonial weirdness of bonfire night in Lewes, Sussex. An annual event of ritual, anti-catholicism, errant fireworks and some healthy hostility between locals and outsiders.
The shoot involved sending two crews and two actors into the furnace to explore the peccadilloes and darker dimensions of our odd, English folk traditions.
Sulphur was directed by Christopher Ian Smith, whose short films have played at festivals across the world. His feature documentary New Town Utopia (www.newtownutopia.com) is Exec Produced by Margaret Matheson (Scum, Sid and Nancy, Sleep Furiously) and due for completion in Feb 2017.
The first integral translation of Lud Heat has just been published in Spain by Fire Drill, a small press based in Valencia. The translator is poet and writer Adolfo Barberá.
Iain will read parts of Lud Heat / Calor de Lud and will sign copies of the book and serigraph prints at the Contemporary Culture Center (CCCB) in Barcelona, on 12 December 2016 (18h30 – 20h00), as part of his lecture: The Last London: A City Abolished, within the Timescapes of Urban Change project.
Iain said about Calor de Lud:
“Lud Heat is translating into real heat in London, the guilty sweat of Brexit and the political meltdown of the whole establishment. The winners lose. And one of the opponents is now PM. Upsidedown world. In this Alice in Wonderland it feels just right, and exciting, to contemplate the exertions of a Spanish translation, coming out of Belgium, for an impossibly obscure, dirt-eating text. By way of Buenos Aires.”
For the first night of her residency, Áine O’Dwyer bring together an evening of folklore and performance featuring talks from Irish author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster Eddie Lenihan and Welsh-born and London-based writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair – who will be talking about ‘The Last London’ as a stretched city, losing touch with itself, a city of ghosts – plus a presentation by Áine O’Dwyer of recorded sound walks from a recent research trip to Medjugorjie, Bosnia.
Burley Fisher Books 400 Kingsland Rd
READING STARTS 7.30
Iain will also be in conversation with one of the featured Devils, Brian Catling
Followed by Q&A
Alongside copies of the trade paperback, the numbered/signed limited edition
will be available for sale at a special event price. (lettered copies sold out)
My Favourite LondonDevils is a delirious gathering of some of the writers, living and dead, who haunt Iain Sinclair and who inform his own London books. And yet it is so much more than that. Devils is a gazetteer of influences and enthusiasms. A charge sheet. And a fragmented autobiography laid out through a series of portraits as picaresque as John Aubrey’s Brief Lives.
In these pages, Mr Sinclair encounters established London authorities: Peter Ackroyd, Michael Moorcock, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter. We pay our respects to the eternally rediscovered: Patrick Hamilton and Alexander Baron. And the reforgotten: Roland Camberton and Robert Westerby. Other writers considered: John Healy (The Grass Arena), Jack Kerouac and Joseph Conrad. Fifteen in total.
My Favourite LondonDevils also contains specially commissioned artwork by Dave McKean. Sixteen Illustrations — including one of Mr Sinclair himself — adorn these pages. Mr McKean also provides an extraordinary ‘Catcombs’ image, which is bound into the ltd editions, and features on the paperback front cover.