Westering by Test Centre

Now out



‘The touch of Hackney gravity was countered, or flattered perhaps, by expeditions, outings, tramps to the west . . . West was a necessary otherness, never, quite, an aspiration . . . Westering took its place in the scheme of things as another managed neurosis. Nothing in London would move forward without it.’

Westering is a text compiled from notes and diary jottings of time spent in the West Country in the 1970s. Like RED EYE, published by Test Centre in 2013, it is material gleaned from the archive. The fragments of Westering are part of a larger unpublished collection of writings from the time. They include the poem ‘Tides of the Rat’, Sinclair’s day-to-day journal at the period of composition of the essay material in Lud Heat (1975), put together while staying in Golden Cap, Dorset. The text also contains an introductory note by Chris Torrance.

£10 | £20 + p&p. 225mm x 170mm. 24pp. including 6 images from Sinclair’s archive.
3 folded 8-page signatures, stapled, with additional bookmark, only available with this edition.
Risograph printed in blue ink.
Published in a limited edition of 150 copies, of which 26 are signed, numbered, and contain additional holograph material.
Designed and printed by Traven T. Croves.
The same 3 signatures will also appear as pages 65–88 in the journal Bricks from the Kiln #1, due to be published in December 2015.

Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling at the London Review Bookshop

Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling: Black Apple of the Vorrh

Source: London Review Bookshop | Events | Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling: Black Apple of the Vorrh


Two very different books, Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower and Brian Catling’s The Vorrh share a measure of common ground: the Cave of Origin (in which all narratives fester and cook). Sinclair tramps the wave-cut limestone pavements beyond Port Eynon Point in search of mysteries derived from the paintings of Ceri Richards, where Catling plunges headlong into myths of the primal forest, for a novel described by Alan Moore as ‘a benchmark for the human imagination’. The two writers come together for a visit to Nuneham House, where the Rev. Buckland is purported to have devoured the most celebrated relic, the preserved heart of Louis XIV.

‘Black Apples of Gower’ is now published.

Source: Black Apples | Little Toller Books

IAIN SINCLAIR walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth. Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards in the 1950s, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, ‘murky elsewheres’ of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of black-and-white photographs and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here, amongst the wave-cut limestone, the car parks and the Gower bungalows.

But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas. Under cliff, along limestone shores, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest must be to the Paviland Cave, where in 1823 the Reverend William Buckland found human bones put to ground 36,000 years ago. All the threads of this story lead underground, through this potent and still mysterious cavern, to the site of the first recorded ritual burial in these islands.

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London Overground – A day’s walk around the ginger line

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Black Apple of Gower, Little Toller Books – out in July 2015

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An enigmatic series of paintings by Ceri Richards, based on the theme of the ‘Black Apple of Gower’, is the provocation for Iain Sinclair’s return to the landscape of his childhood and youth. Best-known for his journeys through London or circumnavigations of the M25, here we find him digging into memory files to realise that a series of walks over the same ground, Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head, become bookmarks for the significant stages in his life. Recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, focus attention on legends of the rocks. And on the mythology of the eternal return: the dead and the drowned as unfulfilled witnesses.Through expeditions over cliffs and elemental wave-cut pavements, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest is for access to the Paviland Cave, where the reverend William Buckland ‘discovered’ the bones of the Red Lady. Who, as it turned out, was no lady but a young man put to ground 36,000 years ago – the first recorded ritual burial in these islands. All the threads of the story knot within this potent and still mysterious cavern.IAIN SINCLAIR176 x 128mm hardback184 pages printed on Munken papersJacket illustration by Jonny HannahIllustrated throughoutISBN 978-1-908213-28-0Published July 2015

Source: Black Apples | Little Toller Books