Iain appointed as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence by The University of Surrey School of Literature and Languages

News of Iain being appointed as Distinguished Writer-in-Residence by the University of Surrey, School of Literature and Languages:



A recording of “Tottering State” now available

There is a YouTube record of the ‘Tottering State’ readings at the Horse Hospital. A film made by Derek Smith. It seems, these days, that everything is recorded. Fallible memory records are going out of fashion.

Iain’s interview in Chile (in Spanish)

The title could be misleading as the interview actually took place in Hackney, in Iain’s home and apparently, outside, it was snowing…



“Poems and texts that should probably have been left in the dark” – a note from Iain

It feels distinctly posthumous and not altogether comfortable to be confronted by Jeff Johnson’s epic bio-bibliography (see here for more info). This detective, stalking archives and forensically examining files, tracking down contacts, interrogating by email, has laid out all the dates and details and facts that are not a life. He has also, somehow, persuaded me to allow the publication of lost and obscure fragments from the early days. I have composed a somewhat dazed introduction. There are letters to and from poets, film pieces, poems and texts that should probably have been left in the dark, but Jeff’s persistence demands respect: a quantity of never previously republished material survived my cull.

Iain Sinclair


The Works of Iain Sinclair: A Descriptive Bibliography and Biographical Chronology – an announcement

Please note that this work includes:

  • compilations/descriptions of ‘lost’ and/or rare Sinclair material, recovered from various repositories;
  • numerous transcriptions of both recovered and never-before-published text by Sinclair;
  • documentation of the wider scenes in which he was working;
  • and examples of his correspondence, including the complete extant correspondence between Sinclair and J. H. Prynne.


The first volume of the Iain Sinclair bibliography (comprising the first three fascicles, published in a single volume) 
was made available for purchase yesterday via subscription by TestCentre

I met Jeffrey several years ago at a venue where Iain was giving a talk and he told me about this project and how it would have to be the most comprehensive bibliography. 

From the TestCentre announcement:

The first part of Jeff Johnson’s long-awaited book The Works of Iain Sinclair: A Descriptive Bibliography and Biographical Chronology, covering the years 1943 to 1987, is now ready to order.

Meticulously researched since 2012, Johnson’s study is at once scholarly, experimental, and informal. The Bibliography details items authored by Sinclair, items edited and published by Sinclair (for example via his Albion Village Press), and Sinclair’s contributions to books and periodicals. The Chronology documents the author’s life as it relates to the work, the two being considered by Johnson as inseparable.

Presented in three ‘fascicles’ (in one volume) spanning the years 1943 to 1968, 1969 to 1979, and 1980 to 1987, this first publication will be followed by other fascicles as they are completed; the next one, covering 1988 to 1997, is well on its way. 

It is published in paperback, A4 format in the style of a 1970s poetry magazine, approximately 500 pages, and with a specially written introduction by Sinclair.

Subscriptions are being taken between now and the end of June, with a small number of copies available thereafter.


Order here: https://testcentre.org.uk/test-centre-books/?mc_cid=27a7acf0a0&mc_eid=6352ebfa85