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An (Almost) Interview with Iain Sinclair

Updated: 2017-06-11

Unfortunately, it looks like both the image and the post have now gone.

I need to find ways to preserve that kind of stuff…

 

 

Here is a brief interview with Iain Sinclair by Max Liu for the Frieze Blog.

Iain Sinclair: ‘The Olympics have destroyed my patch of London’, interview on The Independent

In his latest book, Iain Sinclair takes aim at the 2012 Games – and the ‘destruction’ of his patch of London.

Interview by John Walsh

 

“My Coast”: Iain on Hastings and the Thames Estuary from Coast magazine

From Coast magazine an interview with Iain

 

 

My coast: Iain Sinclair

Coast online 21.03.2011

Writer, film-maker and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair on his fascination with the Thames Estuary and Hastings, inspiration for his latest works

 

 

‘Hastings has long been the backdrop for many eminent writers, such as John Keats, and it is my favourite coastal town. It is now flooding with artists and is an exciting place to be. Over the past three years, there has been a big revival, with lots of bohemian arty shops and Georgian properties being restored to their former glory. Hastings Council is supporting art galleries, with the Jerwood opening up later this year.

 

‘I first came to Hastings ten years ago. I found it fairly mysterious and was drawn to the labyrinthine passageways in the Old Town. It was in a dilapidated state, a town of faded glory: Sidney Little’s concrete wonderland. One example of which is Marine Court, the Art-Deco building in St Leonards in which I have a flat, that was built to look like the Queen Mary.

 

I spend as much time here in summer as I can and enjoy walking across the road to swim. My latest collection of poetry and prose, ‘Postcards From The 7th Floor’, is in response to the environment in and around Marine Court.

 

I grew up five miles from the sea in the welsh town of Maesteg, Powys. It was an easy bike ride to the beach. As a teenager I would go camping to the Gower Peninsula. My favourite place is Rhossili Bay, with its wide beach, Worm’s Head and the shipwreck in the sand.

 

‘My most memorable sea journey was sailing in Norway around the north Cape to Russia – a fantastic voyage for a teenager.

 

‘Even as a film student in London, I was drawn to the sea. I went to university first in Dublin [to study English and European Art History] and lived in a flat in Sandycove right beside the tower James Joyce starts his‘Ulysses‘ novel from. I wrote my first novel there but I never published it. Now I would really like to read it but it is lost! Moving to London, I took a lot of strange jobs in the East End, including graveyard gardener, which gave me rich material to write about and I was always drawn to the river.

 

‘I have walked the length of the Thames, along the estuary and to the Essex coast. I’ve written about it in ‘Downriver’‘Dining On Stones’ and ‘Buried At Sea’. I also follow the river from Kent to London in my latest non-fiction book, ‘Ghost Milk’, which examines the legacy of the Olympics.

 

‘I am involved in many Hastings projects, such as the coastal currents festival that encourages people to explore new shoreline locations. Also this summer is Swandown, a 200-mile pedalo odyssey from Hastings to the Olympic site by artist Andrew Kötting. Together we have mapped the route, which was featured at a British Library exhibition on cultural mapping. Maps have also been created for some of my other books. I have no time for hobbies as I’m either walking or writing, but I write very differently in Hastings where I can take life more slowly.’

 

‘Postcards From The 7th Floor’, a collaboration between Iain Sinclair and visual artist Oona Grimes, is out now (Pighog, £15). ‘Ghost Milk’ will be published by Hamish Hamilton in July.

 

 

Unpublished books: Objects of Obscure Desire

The book, ‘Objects of Obscure Desire’, was written for Goldmark three or four years ago… but didn’t appear. I’ve heard no news of publication.

Iain