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Iain Sinclair: Overground & Underworld / Reading + Q&A
Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 7.00pm
We are delighted to announce that writer and film-maker Iain Sinclair will be appearing at the shop to read and talk about two new books - London Overground and Black Apples of Gower - that together explore opposing territories: the overground of London's orbital railway, and the underworld of the Gower Peninsula. Signed copies of both books will be available to buy, as well as a large selection of Iain's other writings. Tickets are £3 (includes a glass of wine). Places are limited: we recommend booking in advance on: 020 7241 1626 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About London Overground:
(from the publisher)
The completion of the full circle of the London Overground in December 2012 provides Iain Sinclair with a new path to walk the shifting territory of the capital.
With thirty-three stations and thirty-five miles to tramp - plus inevitable and unforeseen detours and false steps - Sinclair embarks on a marathon circumnavigation at street level, tracking the necklace of garages, fish farms, bakeries, convenience cafes, cycle repair shops and Minder lock-ups which enclose inner London.
Here he encounters traces of writers gone or nearly forgotten, uncovers evidence of careless erasures and incongruous overlappings, follows signs of decay hijacked by official rejuvenation and generally slips between the cracks of the approved and over-capitalized.
About Black Apples of Gower:
(from the publisher)
Iain Sinclair walks back along the blue-grey roads and the cliff-top paths of his childhood in south Wales, rediscovering the Gower Peninsula, a place first explored in his youth. Provoked by the strange, enigmatic series of paintings, Afal du Brogwyr (Black Apple of Gower), made by the artist Ceri Richards in the 1950s, Sinclair leaves behind the familiar, ‘murky elsewheres’ of his life in Hackney, carrying an envelope of black-and-white photographs and old postcards, along with fragments of memory that neither confirm nor deny whether he belongs here, amongst the wave-cut limestone, the car parks and the Gower bungalows.
But digging and sifting, he soon recognises that a series of walks over the same ground – Port Eynon Point to Worm’s Head – have become significant waymarks in his life, and his recollections of a meeting with the poet of place, Vernon Watkins, is an opening into the legends of the rocks and the mythology behind the Black Apples of Ceri Richards and the poems of Dylan Thomas.
Under cliff, along limestone shores, Sinclair comes to realise that the defining quest must be to the Paviland Cave, where in 1823 the Reverend William Buckland found human bones put to ground 36,000 years ago. All the threads of this story lead underground, through this potent and still mysterious cavern, to the site of the first recorded ritual burial in these islands.