A post by Iain about his gig at the University of Kent and poetry

“In my strange new life as visitor or cultural goad at the University of Kent in Canterbury, I have been reintroduced to poetry as a live concern. And asked to explain why I called it a ‘secret’ part of my practice. There was only one student poet signed up for the initial seminar, but a solid smattering of veterans around my own age, keen on the gossip. And then, that first evening, I had a good time interacting with musicians, down in the town at a gig called Free Range (with reason). It was assumed by all the folk I met that I’d published no poetry after the final Albion Village Press book, Suicide Bridge, in 1979. This is not quite the case. Indeed, Suicide Bridge has been brought back by Skylight Press with a bunch of new material, books of the West and North that never made it into the original version. I think Skylight shifted around six copies last year. Nicholas Johnson, promoter of the excellent and upcoming Black Huts Festival in Hastings, brought out a big collection of mine, Firewall, in 2006. With all the ‘secret’ books and elective obscurities from 1979-2006. And an introduction by Michael McClure. So here is the news for Canterbury: secrets are just things you don’t want to find.”



Event for the launch of American Smoke

American Smoke posterBook Launch, including signing by the author from 6-7pm. Films: 7.30pm.

To celebrate the booklaunch of Iain Sinclair‘s American Smoke (Hamish Hamilton), Test Centre and F have combined forces with 70×70 to present a FREE informal screening in the F event space of Patricio Guzmán’s documentary Nostalgia for the Light (2010, 90 mins), one of 70 films selected by Iain to commemorate his 70th birthday. Nostalgia for the Light contrasts the rise of Chilean astronomy with the fate of inmates of the country’s Chacabuco prison mine. We will also be showing Francis Alÿs’s Tornado (2000-2010, 39 mins), which documents Alÿs attempting to run into Mexican tornadoes.

With a live introduction to the films by Iain Sinclair – these films dovetail nicely with the content of the new book in which Sinclair engages with the memory-filled landscapes of the American Beats.

Address: F 110 Stoke Newington, Church Street, N16 0JX.

For more information, please follow the link.

Roberto Bolaño from Ghost Milk, in Spanish / Sobre Roberto Bolaño : un excerpto de Ghost Milk por Iain Sinclair

Robarto Bolano

Roberto Bolano

Sobre Roberto Bolaño de Ghost Milk por Iain Sinclair

From translator Susan Spaulding: I fell in love early and hard with Roberto Bolaño’s writing. Finding the mention of a “brilliant mini-essay about Roberto Bolaño” in The New Yorker magazine’s review of Ghost Milk, I had to read it. Stunned by Iain Sinclair’s explosive capture of the Bolaño essence, I knew I wanted to share those pages with the Spanish-speaking world, whose language is as the writer said, his only true country.

Nota de la traductora Susan Spaulding : cuando leí este pasaje de Ghost Milk, me impactó la forma explosiva y lúcida en que Iain Sinclair captura la esencia de Roberto Bolaño. Sentí la necesidad de traducir este extracto en español, la lengua que Bolaño consideraba su único y verdadero país por su vida precaria y peregrina.

Continue reading Roberto Bolaño from Ghost Milk, in Spanish / Sobre Roberto Bolaño : un excerpto de Ghost Milk por Iain Sinclair

Objects of Obscure Desire finally released

sinclairGoldmark Books has recently released Iain Sinclair‘s Objects of Obscure Desire, a book that has been considered for a long time “lost” into a sort of publishing limbo.

The book comes as a 112-page deluxe paperback with illustrations by Sarah Simblet and costs £15; we have heard that a limited edition hardcover is also going to be released but a precise date is not available yet.

For more information, and to purchase a copy, please visit Goldmark’s website.

Here is a short booktrailer film:

Swimming to Heaven to be published for the Swendenborg Society

London-based publisher The Swedenborg Society is to publish Iain Sinclair‘s new pocketbook Swimming to Heaven: The Lost Rivers in London.

From Swendeborg website: SWIMMING TO HEAVEN is the second in a series of pocketbooks making available material from the SWEDENBORG ARCHIVE. Iain Sinclair follows in the path of the ‘lost’ rivers of London and examines their influence on the visionary literature of the capital.

The book shall be released in June and it is already available for pre-order. It will cost £5.95. Please click here for more information.