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.

Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair will give a perambulation and performance around “Olympia”.

Please see the flyer below giving information regarding an exhibition of work by UCA staff and students at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury. The exhibition is open from 3 December 2010 to 14 January 2011, closed from 18 December to 9 January.

On Friday, 14 January at 2 p.m., Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair will give a perambulation and performance around “Olympia”.

More info click here.

Chris Petit and the invisible pamphlets.

Chris Petit, through his Museum of Loneliness imprint, has just published a booklet of our e-mail exchanges made in relation to Christian Marclay’s THE CLOCK at the White Cube Gallery.

Chris is now producing and issuing a number of these invisible pamphlets, as a way of getting work out, instantly, immediately, when it suits him. And stepping back from the commissioning process. Let’s hope that some of the backlog of film-essays, unseen fragments, and lost features, also begin to emerge from the bunker.


A magical space at 73 Redchurch Street E2

I’d like to mention a magical space at 73 Redchurch Street E2, where I had a preview of a shop/installation, due to open on Dec 1st. And to remain open, Tuesday-Sunday (12 – 7pm), through December. It is operated by the artist Keggie Carew. It’s the kind of weird and provocative assembly you hope to stumble across, when wandering the city, but rarely do. Coming in off the street feels like an intrusion. Nothing is identity-fixed or troubled by its price tag. Bundles of books hang from the ceiling: you have to take them as a unit, like a bunch of bananas. (Otherwise you trample on the taste of the proprietor.) There are boxes which display everything you need for a little museum based on delicate bones retrieved from owl droppings. There are party necklaces made from flies. There are pink curtains stitched together from remnants scavenged, years ago, from vanished local industries. The whole business is eco-visionary, nicely crazy, not eco hysterical or self-righteous. Concrete poetry without the concrete, properly accidental, found, recognised.

Perhaps the most astonishing item is an assembly of items, another box, as a memorial to Keggie’s father, a man with a life too fantastic to submit itself to any form of orthodox biography: hair-raising wartime adventures, in France and Burma, peacetime liaisons and unforced eccentricities, recalled through anecdote, document, image. And you can even buy a distillation of dad’s ashes as part of the package. The whole cave of this shop is dedicated to honouring the spirit of the story, told, recorded, made into pictures and objects.

I have customised a couple of my books – ‘Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire’ and ‘Postcards from the 7th Floor’ – to go into the mix. The Hackney paperbacks have been dressed with maps from the British Empire Exhibition and some handwritten extras.

The shop is known as: the world the way i want it. More information


Icelandic & British Poetry In Collaboration

3am magazine & the Maintenant series presents: nýr skáldskapur
a Free Poetry Reading at the Rich mix centre
Icelandic & British poetry in collaboration
Saturday November 27th – 7pm
( 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London . E1 6LA)

Iain Sinclair & Ragnhildur Jóhanns
Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl & Stewart Home
Scott Thurston & Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir
Jón Örn Loðmfjörð & Tom Jenks
A truly unique evening of poetry will see the culmination of a rare and powerful collaboration between four
of the most exciting new poetic talents emerging from the nation of Iceland
and four of the UK’s most lauded and iconoclastic writers. The event will present some of the most intricate
and daring sound / sculptural / visual and free verse poetry in Europe, the fruit of a project instigated
by the 3am magazine Maintenant interview series. / /

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