Event at Canada Water library in London on Mon 23/04/2012 at 19.30 (World Book Night)

Acclaimed author of Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award), Iain Sinclair will be talking about his latest book Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project.

In the book the author sets out from the East London Olympic site – a ruin in the making – on the trail of other recent Grand Projects. From the Athens Olympic zone, empty of life but for packs of feral dogs, to the abandoned monuments of Britain’s Millenium moment, Sinclair crosses territory and time like no other literary traveller, reporting back on the trouble to come.

This talk is in support of Book Aid International and part of the World Book Night celebrations at Canada Water library.

PLEASE NOTE: this event takes place at the Canada Water Culture Space at Canada Water Library

How to get there

Canada Water Culture Space

Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR

Tube: Canada Water, Surrey Quays
Train: South Bermondsey

Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

Link to the event page

Ghost Milk and Other Tales of Walking

Iain will be today at the Bristol Festival of Ideas

Link: http://www.ideasfestival.co.uk/?p=2330#more-2330

Iain Sinclair is a great walker and writer of cities and places. His latest book, Ghost Milk, looks at our possible futures as well as making his most powerful statement yet on the throwaway impermanence of the present. It is a story of incident and accident, of the curious meeting the bizarre. Police raids and mass expulsions jostle with accounts of failed grand projects: the Millennium Dome, Thames Gateway, and numerous other half-completed, ill-advised or abandoned structures. Iain Sinclair will be in discussion with Anita Sethi.
How to book
Price: £7.20 / £5.60. Contact Arnolfini, Bristol on: 0117 917 2300, book online, or visit in person.

Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Please allow enough time to collect your ticket/s from the relevant box office (if these haven’t already been posted to you), and make sure to arrive before the advertised start time to take your seat/s.

Short film based around ‘Ghost Milk’

There will be a short film based around ‘Ghost Milk’ – which may include some 8mm ‘diary’ footage from my period working at Chobham Farm, on what is now the Westfield site in Stratford, back in 1971.


Iain at Pages of Hackney

Launching his follow up to Hackney That Red Rose Empire, local author Iain Sinclair will be instore to read from his latest book Ghost Milk.

Beginning in his east London home many years before it will be invaded by the Olympian machinery of global capitalism, Sinclair strikes out near and far in search of the forgotten and erased. He travels from the mouth of the Thames to Oxford, crosses Morecambe Bay in the footsteps of drowned Chinese cockle pickers, and visits an Athenian, post-Olympics landscape of vast and deserted stadia.

Burrowing under the perimeter fence of the grandest of Grand Projects – the giant myth that is 2012’s London Olympics – Ghost Milk 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.

Tuesday 26th July 7pm

Ghost Milk: Calling Time on the Grand Project By Iain Sinclair


Website: http://www.pagesofhackney.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=53

Ghost milk: the reviews

Reviews of Iain’s new book are pouring in the Net, I’ll try to collect them in this post and if you would like to help feel free to add more as comments.

Tony Hill on motherboard.tv: http://motherboard.tv/2011/7/5/iain-sinclair-and-2012-doom

Owen Hatherley on The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/ghost-milk-calling-time-on-the-grand-project-by-iain-sinclair-2308549.html

Leyla Sanai on The Independent: This lone struggle against London 2012 needs some help, 17/07/2011

Claire Allfree on Metro: http://www.metro.co.uk/lifestyle/868512-iain-sinclair-on-exposing-the-dark-side-of-east-londons-redevelopment

Jonathan Sale on The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/8600876/Ghost-Milk-by-Iain-Sinclair-review.html

Robert Macfarlane on The Guardian: Iain Sinclair’s struggles with the city of London, Friday 15 July 2011

Sinclair McKay on The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/bookreviews/8652550/Ghost-Milk-Calling-Time-on-the-Grand-Project-by-Iain-Sinclair-review.html, 21 Jul 2011

Polly Devlin on The Irish Times: Dangerous games to play?, 23/07/2011

Michael Bywater on The First Post:  Exposed: the nightmare of the London Olympics, 20/07/2011

Declan Tan on http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk: link, 15/12/2011