The legendary Secret Garden Party & Wilderness festivals bring the fo:rem to London for the first time, and take square aim at The Games with Olympic arch-critic Iain Sinclair in conversation with agenda-setting journalist and author Anna Minton. There’s also music from festival favourites We Were Everygreen, plus poetry and refreshing cocktails from Hendrick’s Gin to sip whilst enjoying the first in a series that will use speakers, debate, music, film, theatre, poetry, and the brightest in arts & academia to discuss the pitfalls & potential of urban-life.

7pm – reception
7:15 – Tom / Ben intro.
7:30 – Anna Minton
7:50 – Anna & Iain Sinclair
8:10 – Q&A
8:15 – We Were Evergreen (live 15 mins)
8:30 – Break (DJ)
8:45 – Tom Mansfield poetry
8:55 – Iain Sinclair
9:20 – Q&A
9:35 – We Were evergreen (live 30 mins)
10:05 – DJ – networking – further discussion
10:30 – End

Ghosts of Future London, at the Stoke Newington Bookshop




‘Ghosts of Future London’

01/09/2011 20:00

Iain Sinclair, Sebastian Groes and Maureen Duffy in conversation 

                                                 Sinclair, Duffy and Groes will be discussing how we can use London’s history, myths and fictions to understand the city’s present condition, but also its future.
With the major, irrevocable changes made to the city’s landscape by developments such as the 2012 Olympics and the Shard, are we staring at the future ruins of London?
The discussion is based on the research for Groes’s book on the contemporary London novel, The Making of London (Palgrave)

‘The Making of London is fascinating. Refreshingly free of the dryness that mars a lot of critical writing, and it introduced me to a lot of stuff I previously knew nowt about.’ – Niall Griffiths

This event is £3 entry which includes a glass of wine.


A little Olympic film for BBC2 Newsnight is supposed to go out tonight.

Then, with a year to go until the 2012 Olympics, Peter Marshall visits the Olympic Park in east London to find out if pledges that were made to win the event – including leaving behind a lasting physical legacy and inspiring two million people to take up sport and physical activity – will be fulfilled.

Author Iain Sinclair, who is sceptical about the London project, explains his feelings about London 2012, and we’ll be joined by the athlete-turned-ambassador who led London’s bid, Lord Coe, the Welsh athlete Baroness Grey-Thompson, and writer Will Self, who has described the Olympics as a “running and jumping festival”.


Let the games begin

From the Guardian:

It’s a year to the start of the 2012 Olympics. Iain Sinclair, writer and arch critic of the project, takes on Labour’s Tessa Jowell who played a key role in the London bid

Interview by Susanna Rustin
Friday 22 July 2011 20.30 BST

Link to the article

London’s Olympic Park – a future ruin?

Three years ago – with the Beijing Olympics about to start – Evan Davis went for a walk around the 2012 Olympic site with author Iain Sinclair, who was apprehensive and sceptical about the London project.

Now – with the games just a year away – the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme returned to east London for another stroll to see if Iain Sinclair had changed his opinion about the grandest of Grand Projects. They started in nearby Victoria Park.

Link to the slideshow with audio