Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings

Pages of Hackney, 20th January 2011, 7pm, £3

Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings

Iain Sinclair & Ken Worpole

A special launch event to mark the publication by innovative agency artevents of a new book as part of The Re-Enchantment, their national arts project exploring our relationships to place ( Towards Re-Enchantment features major – and exclusive – new essays and poems by a number of Britain’s leading writers, responding to a particular location within the UK and considering it in terms of its potential to ‘re-enchant’.

Tonight’s reading celebrates two highly distinctive Hackney-based writers who have pursued a deep creative engagement with the richly textured meanings of landscape across the British Isles. From coastal Essex via the Green Belt to inner city Clapton, the ‘spirit of place’ has rarely been celebrated as lyrically or as passionately as it has in their award-winning work.

The Re-Enchantment is core-funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Pages of Hackney, 70 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London E5 0RN, Tel: 020 8525 1452

train: London Overground – Hackney Central; bus: 38, 48, 55, 106, 242, 253, 254

Ken Worpole has written books on architecture, literature, landscape and social policy. He was a member of the UK government Urban Green Spaces Task Force, an Adviser to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), and was recently appointed a Senior Professor in the Cities Institute at London Metropolitan University. His books include, Here Comes the Sun: Architecture and Public Space in 20th Century European Culture (2001), Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West (2003), 350 Miles: An Essex Journey, with photographer Jason Orton (2205), and most recently, Modern Hospice Design: The Architecture of Palliative Care (2009). He has lived in Hackney for the past 40 years with his wife, the photographer Larraine Worpole, and is currently working on a book on the future of public libraries.

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