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.”



Sagesong by Iain Sinclair & Mike Egan

Von Zos
, an independent New York publisher of art, books and ephemera, is pleased to announce the publication of a very special collaboration between Iain Sinclair and Pittsburgh artist Mike Egan.

Comprised of a poem by Sinclair concerning the Lindisfarne Gospels, richly illustrated by Mike Egan, the release is an 18×24 fine art screenprint and is available in 3 different editions.

The Cuthbert Edition

5 pieces
Will include one signed print (by both Iain Sinclair & Mike Egan) and one of the original panels painted by Mike Egan for the print

The Eadfrith Edition
30 pieces
Comprised of a signed print (by both Iain Sinclair & Mike Egan)

The Billfrith Edition
40 pieces
Comprised of an unsigned print

It will go on sale on July 8th at www.landofzos.com at 3pm EST/8pm GMT

Mike Egan is a Pittsburgh based artist who has spent time working as an embalmer in funeral homes. His paintings are made using acrylic paint, shellac, wood and nails and tell stories about death, devils and saints. He is greatly influenced by The Day of the Dead, Halloween, horror films, churches, The German Expressionists and his time in funeral homes. His work has appeared in gallery shows in the US and Europe and he most recently had a solo show at Anno Domini in San Jose, California.

Encouraging Signs by Rupert M. Loydell

On 15 May 2013 Shearsman Books will publish Encouraging Signs by Ruper M. Loydell.

The book contains “interviews, essays and conversations with or about Alan Garner, Russell Hoban, John Burnside, Iain Sinclair, David Toop, Nicholas Royle, Andrew Poppy, David Kennedy, Greg Bottoms, Ken Edwards, Robert Sheppard, David Miller, Steve Spence, Paul Sutton and Brian Louis Pearce”.

Paperback, 212pp. 9x6ins, £12.95 / $22 ISBN 9781848612990

More information can be found here.

Second issue of Test Centre magazine with poetry by Iain Sinclair, limited edition

The second issue of Test Centre magazine is available to order now via http://www.testcentre.org.uk/print-test-centre-one.html
It contains poetry by Iain Sinclair, a typographical piece by Steve Moore, and a short story by Lee Rourke.
Only c.200 copies printed, A4 format, 18pp.
Also available are 15 (of 20) copies signed by all three contributors, priced at £15 + p&p.
Please contact admin@testcentre.org.uk to reserve one on a first-come-first-served basis

Maintenant Camarade @ Rich Mix

Held at the Rich Mix centre on July Saturday 7th 2012, the third in the Maintenant Camarade series saw ten pairings of British and European based poets produce original avant garde and literary poetry collaborations for a remarkable evening of contemporary poetic performance. Featuring Iain Sinclair & Tom Chivers, Jeff Hilson & Robert Sheppard, Frances Kruk & Maria Ferencuhova, Allen Fisher & Philip Terry, Emma Bennett & Holly Pester, Tim Atkins & Harry Gilonis, Simon Barraclough & Isobel Dixon, Andy Spragg & David Berridge, Marcus Slease & Richard Barrett, Chris McCabe & Tom Jenks www.maintenant.co.uk

Tom & Iain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chXaBHH1NZc

Robert & Jeff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFnA5PasOOs

Frances & Maria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtkGkswlIno

Philip & Allen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR8GQsZxNYk

Emma & Holly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAEIM5bPTI

Tim & Harry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGl6gy3lefQ

Simon & Isobel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcmtbDpIlgE

David & Andy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDymTvATgkE

Marcus & Richard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o75XOG700TE

Tom & Chris http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgnLWfNlU_Y