Notes from location: nr. 01

We have received a note from Iain sent from location while shooting the new movie – and did I mention that you could contribute to making this movie happen by taking part to the kickstarter campaign?

“Amazed to discover character of ‘Norton’ on the cover of the latest gathering of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, while visiting Northampton, where the magus Moore delivered a spellbinding account of the town’s relationship to John Clare (and the ultimate black hole).

Norton, looking more than ever like a Nazi dentist, is on rear cover, next to the spine.”
— Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair: Wayward Speculations

Iain gave a masterclass at De Montfort University and they have now posted a video.

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A note by Iain Sinclair on “By Our Selves” – a film by Andrew Kötting

The walk from High Beach in Epping Forest to the village of Glinton, north of Peterborough, in the footsteps (on and off) of the poet John Clare, became the basis for a book, “Edge of the Orison”. But that never felt like more than the start of something. For years a film, in the mood of Herzog’s “The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser”, haunted me. Our paths were never likely to cross – so, as an admirer of ‘This Filthy Earth’, I pestered Andrew Kötting instead. Andrew didn’t say no. He made his excuses and swam to France or jumped on a plastic swan. (I suspected that he couldn’t read my book or John Clare.)

Decades later, Kötting came by accident on the photograph in “Orison” of a fearsome Straw Bear with his sullen driver, dark fenland figures out of Whittlesey. Now he was smitten. He saw the perfect excuse for getting thatched, bell-hung, hobbled. The game was on. His energies were alarming. Within days, we visited the great performer Freddie Jones, in his Oxfordshire village, and enjoyed a convivial discussion – before coming away with a VHS of Freddie’s electrifying performance as Clare.
Now Freddie’s son, an actor of beautiful infolded presence, minimalist gesture, silence, will play Clare on the road. On modest (bare-bones) budget we’ll start to tramp. With the hope that crowd-funding can boost the wherewithal to the point where a few of Kötting’s larger ambitions for ‘By Our Selves’ can be fulfilled. I’ll trail along, putting my oar in, carrying a goat mask, muttering dark asides. After the long curation of the 70×70 year of films, this should be a holiday.
Iain Sinclair

By Our Selves – a film by Andrew Kötting

Andrew has launched a kickstarter campaign to collect funds for a new project. Read more.


John Clare in Space: Poetry, Nature and Contemporary Culture

On 30-31 May 2014 Iain Sinclair, Andrew Kötting and other speakers, will lead a two-day conference at Oxford Brookes University to celebrate the 150th anniversary of English poet John Clare‘s death, who passed away on 20 May 1864.

In essence, this will be a broad celebration of Clare, marking 150 years since his death on 20 May 1864, so the conference welcomes all original responses to the full breadth of his world and work. The conference is generously supported by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, the John Clare Society and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes.

Call for papers

Proposals for 20-minute papers are welcome and should be submitted by 1 March 2014, online here:

Proposals for panels of three papers, presentations and/or readings are also welcome, and should be submitted by 1 March 2014, direct to Simon Kövesi, via

Delegates are encouraged to join the John Clare Society (UK registered charity)

For more information, please follow this link.