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At Foyles with Iain Sinclair – Tuesday 31 May 2011 »

May 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

His new novel Ghost Milk is still a couple of months from publication, but I will be talking with Sinclair – about “not going to China”, the 2012 Olympics and other London matters – at Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road at 6.30 pm. Details»

Passport to Peking – an illustrated talk at the National Portrait Gallery, 12 May 2011 »

May 8th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

     At 13.15 on Thursday this week, I will be talking at the National Portrait Gallery, London. While providing a wider background to the visits of 1954, I will be concentrating on the experiences of  the three British artists among the visitors: Denis Mathews, who travelled as Secretary of the Contemporary Art Society;  Paul Hogarth, who was […]

A whole chapter on Ellis Smith in Moscow? »

May 6th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews

Illuminations today (27 April 2011) »

April 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

Dear John»  May I be a national irritant instead?

Passport to Peking: a Very British Mission to Mao’s China »

April 10th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews

How to Hide – a conversation on Resonance FM’s “The Thread” »

March 22nd, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Potemkinism and Camouflage

“The Thread” is a series of discussions run by the London Consortium on Resonance 104.4fm. This programme, entitled “How to Hide” and broadcast on 22 March, was presented by James Wilkes and took the form of a conversation with Sophie Nield, Synnove Fredericks and myself – about camouflage and related matters.

On Living in a World of Facades: from Prince Potemkin’s villages to the Berlin Wall, Iraq and the Truman Show »

February 11th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, Potemkinism and Camouflage

A public lecture delivered at the Architectural Association in London on 8 February 2011.

Charles W. Hayford on Passport to Peking – in The Library Journal (1 Feb 2011) »

February 2nd, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

“Acerbic and fair-minded . . . social comedy with a rueful edge…” and “a reminder that there was a moment, before the sky darkened and the earth opened up, when the People’s Republic seemed full of possibility”. »

January 27th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews

Richard B Woodward reviews Passport to Peking in the Wall Street Journal» Raymond Zhong, does the same – also in the Wall Street Journal»

14 Little Red Huts at the London School of Economics »

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in: Articles General, News and Previews (past)

George Bernard Shaw Greets the Russian Socialist Utopia