Customised ‘White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings’ to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

An author-customised copy of a first edition of Iain Sinclair’s White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings is to be auctioned at Sotheby’s (London) on Tuesday, 21 May at 7.15pm.

The event is called First Edition, Second Thoughts, during which 50 first edition books which have been costumised and annotated by their British and Commonwealth authors shall be put up for action. Among these works there are Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Death of a Naturalist and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, just to name a few.

All proceeds from the auction shall go to the benefit of English Pen, a British association of writers who fight for freedom of expression and to promote literature. For more information, please visit Sotheby’s website.

TROLLEYOLOGY on Kickstarted


Iain Sinclair’s friends of Trolley Books have recently launched a Kickstarted campaign in order to raise money for the pubblication of TROLLEYOLOGY, a book witch celebrates the first ten years of the publisher, but also its founder Gigi Giannuzzi, who has recently passed away. Please find below Trolley Books’ message, along with all the necessary details to contribute to the publication which is due on 28th May.
Continue reading TROLLEYOLOGY on Kickstarted

An auction by Artists in aid of Gigi Giannuzzi

Gigi Giannuzzi, the maverick publisher of Trolley Books and more recently TJ Boulting gallery, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. To support him now, as he has helped many through the important stories published by Trolley in photography, reportage and contemporary art, artists who know Gigi have donated their work for a special auction. The funds will go towards alternative cancer treatments which he is currently seeking at a private clinic near Munich, Germany.

The LIVE auction on Thursday 20th September featured works by many major artists, including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Nan Goldin, and was held at Sarah Lucas’s ‘situations’ space in London – hence the name of the auction SITUATION GIGI. It was an amazing night and raised invaluable funds, but there is still an ONLINE SILENT auction until this Sunday 30th September, 6pm BST.

We hope that many of you will be able to support the auction by bidding on some of the wonderful works available, to see all of the artists involved and for a chance to bid online go to WWW.SITUATIONGIGI.COM. Many thanks in advance for all your help and support, and good luck!

If you are unsuccessful at bidding or would like to donate money instead there is a DONATE link on the site. Thank you!

The Unofficial Countryside by Richard Mabey inspires video produced by Streetwise Opera

From The Londonist:

Streetwise Opera provides creative opportunities for homeless and formerly homeless people. They recently took inspiration from The Unofficial Countryside by Richard Mabey, a book from the 1970s celebrating nature breaking through in unexpected places (read Iain Sinclair’s reappraisal), gave workshop members cameras and told them to go out and capture overlooked spots of green. The result is this rather beautiful and delicate film documenting unloved parts of the city, made lovely.”

Iain to contribute to the Help Siva initiative

Iain has decided to contribute to the Help Siva initiative.

“I have decided to offer a copy of a first edition hardback of ‘Ghost Milk’, which I would inscribe with a special handwritten dedication (for this event). Along with a signed copy of the limited edition booklet, ‘American Smoke’. These books will be sent to the highest bidder. With the money going to the Siva fund.”

This is how it is going to work, and keep in mind this is an informal auction:

1) bids to be sent to

2) bidding will close on 27/08/2011 at noon

3) highest bidder will be contacted by email and receive instructions to make payment

4) only two payment options are available:

– a cheque (accepted in the UK): following receipt of the cheque Iain will post, at his own expenses, the 2 books and the cheque will go to the help Siva initiative.

– cash with self-collection – with the added bonus of meeting Iain in person.

Bid generously and if you didn’t win the auction, you could still offer the money to the Help Siva fund or other similar initiatives.