18 December 2008

Going Back to Dalston: Ruins and Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire

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 In the late eighties, when I lived in Dalston, I would sometimes venture out with Iain Sinclair to investigate various sites and events in East London.  He was then writing his novel Downriver, and I was at work on A Journey Through Ruins: the Last Days of London, both first published in 1991. Different as they are, the books are connected in their use of East London to track the impact of Margaret Thatcher’s government.  


On February 26th 2009, Oxford University Press will be issuing an expanded  trade paperback edition of A Journey Through Ruins (find details and ‘sample’ the new introduction, ‘Going Back to Dalston’»). The Oxford edition also includes five new chapters drawn from articles written for the Guardian in the early 1990s. On the same day, Hamish Hamilton will publish Iain’s new book, Hackney, that Rose-Red Empire.  Iain and I will be participating in a number of launch events around the  same time.  

 At 2 pm on 28 February 2009,  we will be joining George Jones and  the historian (and former Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hackney) Jerry White for a panel discussion at the ‘Space for Thought Literary Weekend’ at the London School of Economics» 

AT 6pm on 5 March 2009, we will be speaking at the Museum of Docklands» 

 At 7.30 on 24 March 2009, and thanks to the initiative of OpenDalston, we will be doing the same at Cafe Oto, 19-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, E8 3DL. 

At 7.30pm on 26 March I will be joining Rachel Lichtenstein, Michael Rosen and Sheila Rowbotham at the Bishopsgate Institute for a discussion with Sinclair organised by the Newham Bookshop»

Related matters

Read Sinclair’s ‘A Small Catalogue of the Uncurated’ on untitledbooks»

For the facts about Jules Pipe CBE, the Labour mayor of Hackney, and his dire Olympian decision to ban Sinclair from speaking at the borough’s public libraries, see the Hackney Citizen»  And this»

For a local response to the recent fate of Dalston Junction and the street that stands at the centre of A Journey Through Ruins, which is now (as I describe in the new introduction) largely demolished by the council and other powerful interests, read OPENDalston» and the De Beauvoir Association»

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