London Orbital posted on Vimeo.

In many ways this was the easiest ‘sell’ of the group. The book of the same title, written in parallel with the film, could be described in a single sentence: ‘A walk around London’s orbital motorway.’ London Orbital was the only one released (by Illuminations) as a DVD. It offered itself to academic usage and it fitted quite comfortably within the emerging discipline (or brand) of psychography. The narrative was about endless, the slow-cinema of pedestrianism, noticing everything, and the reverie and drift of driving without stopping.  The only exits being into 19th-century fantasy and horror.  The two Thames crossings, east and west, had their pull: Bram Stoker in Purfleet and JG Ballard in Shepperton. The DVD as a package had several advantages, as Chris Petit pointed out. One of the extra features covered the A13 exhibition at the Wapping Pumping Station – and exhibits that linked exploration of the Thames Estuary, its container dumps and landfill, with my great-grandfather’s surveys of an Amazonian tributary. It’s obvious now that my recent book, The Gold Machine, was germinating, like everything else, around the fringes of London. As I state in the book: “The jungle begins in London.”

Iain Sinclair: Wayward Speculations

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

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Conversation with Iain Boal, March 21st at Birkbeck.

Orbiting London: A Conversation with Iain Sinclair’

The writer, poet and film-maker Iain Sinclair will discuss – in conversation with Iain Boal, social historian and Fellow of the Institute of Humanities – his four decades of chronicling the life of the capital. More than any contemporary author Sinclair’s work is suffused with the spirit of place, of London as a palimpsest, in particular the environs of Hackney, his home since the mid-60s. Sinclair’s books include DownriverRodinsky’s Room, London Orbital, Lights out for the Territory, London: City of Disappearances, Hackney: That Rose-Red Empire.

More details will be posted as soon as they are made available

Interview with Iain and Philip Vasset on RFI

A very interesting article by Paul Nolan with interview to Iain and Philip Vasset during his recent trip to Paris to present the French translation of London Orbital:

There is also a audio version of the interview which can be launched from the page above.