Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project at the Oxford Literary Festival 2013

Iain Sinclair is firmly established as one of the most influential and provocative of contemporary British writers. Documentarist, film maker, poet, flâneur, memoirist, novelist and campaigner, in this Oxford Brookes University session Sinclair will talk about his most recently published book, Ghost Milk, a corrective to the grand project and development of the London 2012 Olympics. He will also discuss Swandown, a 2012 film in which he and director Andrew Kötting sail a swan pedalo 160 miles along the coast from Hastings to Hackney.

Sinclair’s many works include Flesh Eggs and Scalp Metal: Selected Poems 1970-1987; several novels; and non-fiction works including Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out Of Essex’.

This session is presented by the Department of English and Modern Languages, and the School of Architecture, at Oxford Brookes University.

12:00pm | Tuesday 19 March 2013

Venue: Bodleian: Convocation House

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Acclaimed writer Iain Sinclair to read from latest work, at University of Kent

British writer and film maker Iain Sinclair will be reading from his recent book Ghost Milk when he appears at the University on Tuesday 16 October.

Appearing as part of the School of English Creative Writing Tuesday Readings series, Iain Sinclair will begin his reading at 6pm in the Darwin College Staff Common Room at Kent’s Canterbury campus. Entry to the event, which is open to the public, costs £2 at the door.

Amy Sackville, a School of English lecturer in creative writing, said: ‘We’re incredibly excited to have Iain Sinclair. He’ll be reading from and talking about his recent book Ghost Milk, and also discussing the influence of Charles Olson on his work.
‘This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of the most influential, iconoclastic writers around.’

Iain Sinclair has written poetry, novels and non-fiction. His books include London Orbital, Lights Out for the Territory, and HackneyThat Rose-Red Empire.



Ghost Milk shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2012

The Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 Short List

“Wales Book of the Year should be about passion, ambition and talent,

and the short-listed authors have it in bucket-loads.” (Spencer Jordan)

On Thursday 10 May at a star-studded event at Theatr Brycheiniog in Brecon, Literature Wales announced the nine English and nine Welsh-language titles which have reached the Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 Short List.

Creative Non-Fiction

The three titles in the Creative Non-Fiction category are Ghost Milk (Hamish Hamilton) by Iain Sinclair, a work which explores the grandest of Grand Projects – the giant myth that is 2012’s London Olympics as the author deems it, and a statement on the throwaway impermanence of the present; The Vagabond’s Breakfast (Alcemi) by Richard Gwyn, a memoir which is an account of his “lost” years; of addiction and reckless travel; love and fatherhood; recovery; living with viral hepatitis, and the life-saving gift of a liver graft. Last, but not least, is Byron Rogers’ Three Journeys (Gomer), a part reminiscence, part gazetteer, part portrait gallery, and turns on Byron Rogers’s experiences of growing up in, and leaving, Wales.


Link to the Creative Non-Fiction page:

Notes on Ghost Milk

It is a story of incidents and accidents, of the curious meeting the bizarre. He writes of being a labourer in Stratford, of Orwellian steps to ban a book launch in a library, of the fundamentalist visions of J.G.Ballard. Stories of police raids, countercultural manifestations, and mass expulsions jostle with accounts of the aftermath of failed grand projects: the Millennium Dome, Thames Gateway, and numerous other half-completed, ill-advised or abandoned structures.

Burrowing under the perimeter fence of the grandest of Grand Projects – the giant myth that is 2012’s London Olympics – Ghost Milk (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) finds a landscape under sentence of death. It is a road map to a possible future as well as Iain Sinclair’s most powerful statement yet on the throwaway impermanence of the present.

Thursday 12 July 2012

Awards Ceremony at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
To buy tickets contact Literature Wales: 029 2047 2266 /

At the Dulwich Books Summer Festival 05/07/2012 19.30

Iain Sinclair Ghost Milk – Calling Time on the Grand Project
Thursday July 5th 7.30pm   Tickets £10.00 from the shop or online 

A fantastic opportunity to hear Iain Sinclair talking about and discussing his new book Ghost Milk, a journey investigating and, at times, castigating the so-called ‘grand project’ of the 2012 Olympics.

Sinclair’s inimitable style has the unique ability to ask penetrating questions about contemporary life whilst exercising the poetics of a soul steeped in the love of great writers and thinkers from Blake to Kerouac, and beyond. Further information on Dulwich Books can be found here:


Bloomsbury Season: 2012- The Grandest of Grand Projects

Bloomsbury Season: 2012- The Grandest of Grand Projects
Iain Sinclair
Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project

Thursday, 26 April 2012, 6:30PM
Tickets £3, available from the shop
The acclaimed author, film maker, poet, metropolitan prophet and urban shaman, keeper of lost cultures and futurologist will be talking about his newest book Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project. Discover an exhilirating and exhausting London through his eyes and ears.

Further details: 020 7636 1577|Sinclair