Take a literary journey across America with influential writer and psychogeographer, Iain Sinclair. The acclaimed author of Ghost Milk, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire, London Orbital and Lights Out for the Territory, Iain turns his focus on the compelling, memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats and their fellow travellers in his forthcoming book American Smoke. Chronicling his epic walk in the footsteps of Kerouac, Burroughs, Snyder, Olson and Lowry, it is enlivened by false memories, broken reports, obsessions with the Old West and strange adventures.
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Iain Sinclair and Alan Moore
70 x 70: THE SORCERERS + Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore and Chris Petit in conversation.
Wednesday 17 July, 8.15.
London psycho-geographical writer Iain Sinclair celebrates his 70th birthday year with the showing of 70 films he handpicked that relate to his work. Hackney Picturehouse is delighted to present the inaugural event of the series with a screening of “The Sorcerers“, Michael Reeves’ 1967 Boris Karloff science fiction/horror classic, followed by a rare cinema screening of the first of Iain & Chris Petit‘s made for TV trilogy – 1992’s “The Cardinal & The Corpse“. “The Cardinal & The Corpse” features a cavalcade of the ‘reforgotten’ including footage of Alan Moore, Michael Moorcock & Robin Cook (aka Derek Raymond) and east end poet/writer/activist Emanuel Litvinoff.
Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore & Chris Petit will be on hand to read sections of their work and discuss the films.
Please visit Picturehouse website for booking and more information.
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Iain Sinclair on Arthur Machen
Wednesday 10th April, 7pm
Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase
RSVP essential – please email nik[at]housmans.com
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the writer and mystic Arthur Machen Housmans are proud to welcome the Iain Sinclair to discuss this enigmatic figure.
Iain will be considering Machen in the context of London, Poe’s stalking of the ‘Man in the Crowd’, the Northwest Passage, De Quincey and the Labyrinth.
We expect a very big turn out for this event so it essential that you contact us ahead of time to reserve a space. Please RSVP by email to email@example.com
Iain Sinclair: Ghost Milk
Thursday 7th June at 7pm
Following on from his extraordinary and bestselling documentary fiction, Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire; Iain Sinclair sets out from the East London Olympic site – a ruin in the making – on the trail of other recent Grand Projects. The result is his new book, Ghost Milk.
He presents a country-wide tour of grand projects, millennial follies and imposed-from-above schemes and presents portraits of visionary or subversive people clinging to the wreckage. Iain Sinclair crosses territory and time like no other literary traveller, reporting back on the trouble to come.
Link to the event: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/editorial/shops/instore_events.jsp?route=events#Oxford
Bad Journeys, Marvellous Voyages: the Homeric imperative as revealed through Malcolm Lowry, Charles Olson, and local clowns peddling a fibreglass swan from Hastings to Hackney.
Provisional outline (to be tweaked and polished):
The structure will, very roughly, move from the way that the term ‘Waste Land’ (much favoured by early modernism) has been adapted by grand project promoters. With the insistence, before a development blitz takes place, that ‘there was nothing there’. There is a serious flaw in the pitching of ‘legacy’ as a value that can be imposed, top down, rather than earned by passage of time. So we are talking about a corruption of language against the poetry and metaphor of the original Homeric voyages of redemption. A recent expedition, by swan pedalo, undertaken with the film-maker Andrew Kötting, will be offered as one eccentric solution to current difficulties.
Cross-Faculty Lecture Series 2011/12
This coming academic year, KIASH is launching a new cross-faculty lecture series.
Each of the five schools in the Faculty will take turns in hosting a talk by a senior figure from outside the university. The talks will be aimed at Humanities scholars in general, i.e. they will not require specialist knowledge, and are intended to foster both intellectual and social communication across the Faculty. All talks start at 4.30pm (except if otherwise stated)