The Last London: Iain Sinclair and Brian Catling in conversation
October 25, 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00 BST£5 – £20
Select 'General Admission + Book' ticket type to include a hardback copy of The Last London (RRP £18.99)
Iain Sinclair has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In The Last London, he strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Here is a mesmerising record of secret scholars and whispering ghosts. Of disturbing encounters. Night hospitals. Pits that become cameras. Mole Man labyrinths. And privileged swimming pools, up in clouds, patrolled by surveillance helicopters. Where now are the myths, the ultimate fictions of a many times revised city?
Travelling from the pinnacle of the Shard to the outer limits of the London Overground system at Croydon and Barking, from the Thames Estuary to the future ruins of Olympicopolis, Sinclair reflects on where London begins and where it ends. A memoir, a critique, a love letter, The Last London is a delirious conclusion to a truly epic project.
Iain Sinclair is the award-winning writer of numerous critically acclaimed books on London, including Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and London Overground. He won the Encore Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Downriver. He lives in Hackney.
Brian Catling is a sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. His debut novel The Vorrh was praised by Tom Waits (‘I am glad to have the book as a companion on my own dark quest’), Alan Moore (‘The current century’s first landmark work of fantasy and ranking amongst the best pieces ever written in that genre’) and Michael Moorcock ('It is one of the most original works of visionary fiction since Mervyn Peake').