Iain Sinclair & John Wilkinson

Cult London writer Iain Sinclair heads up a Penned in the Margins special at The Nave: an atmospheric converted church in the Hackney/Islington borderlands. Sinclair is joined by US-based British experimental poet John Wilkinson, in a rare London reading, and by younger poets Emily Critchley and Rob Stanton. Rob will be launching his debut collection The Method on the night.

21 June 2011
Doors at 7.30pm

The Nave
1 St Pauls Road, London, N1 2QN
Nearest tubes: Canonbury / Dalston Junction

Tickets £6 online / £7 on the door


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Iain Sinclair is a poet, writer and documentary filmmaker based for many years in Hackney. A cult London visionary and satirist, Sinclair is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction including Lud Heat, White Chapell Scarlet Tracings, Lights Out For The Territory, London Orbital and Hackney: A Rose-Red Empire. His most recent poetry collection, Postcards from the 7th Floor, came out from Pighog Press in Sussex, and is a collaboration with the artist Oona Grimes centred on Marine Court, a huge and mysterious concrete building overlooking the ocean at St Leonards-on-Sea. Ghost Milk, which is published this month, tackles amongst other things the “Grand Project” of the 2012 Olympics, and is a story of incident and accident, of half-completed, ill-advised and abandonded structures.

John Wilkinson is based in the United States where he teaches at the University of Chicago. He was previously Research Professor at the University of Notre Dame, and before that worked in UK mental health services for three decades. He has published numerous collections of poetry, in both book and pamphlet form. His most recent collection is Flung Clear from Salt, a reissue of a 1994 publication with an introduction by Keston Sutherland. His other books include Down to Earth (2008), Lake Shore Drive (2006), Contrivances (2003) and Effigies against the Light (2001); a chapbook titled Iphigenia appeared in 2004, and his 1986 collection, Proud Flesh, was re-issued in 2005. John is also a significant critical writer, and I highly recommend The Lyric Touch: Essays on the Poetry of Excess (Salt, 2007). Writing in The Guardian, Jeremy Noel-Todd described Lake Shore Drive (Salt 2006), as “multiplex, visionary, ragged, and exceedingly strange because exceedingly true to reality”.

Emily Critchley was born in Athens, Greece, and grew up in Dorset. She studied at the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge. From Cambridge she gained a PhD in contemporary, American women’s experimental writing and philosophy, and was the recipient of the John Kinsella & Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize in 2004. She now lectures in English & Creative Writing at the University of Greenwich. She has published pamphlets from Arehouse, badpress, Dusie, Oystercatcher and Torque Press. And her latest publication is Love / All That / & OK (Penned in the Margins, 2011).

‘[Love / All That / & OK] is high electrics and considerable. I particularly care for the frailty and edges of coherence loss. It’s the intelligent frays that push under my thought and matter most.’ – Allen Fisher

Rob Stanton was born in County Durham, raised in the Midlands, and educated in Cardiff and Leeds. He lives in the US with wife, daughter and cats. His poems and critical works have appeared in numerous online and print publications. The Method is his first book.

“From the opening Tuyman’s Sonnets, which depict the cultural detritus of recent history as evidence of the severed real, to the sly, deft, minimalist lyrics of the book’s second half – The Method is a tour de force which shows Rob Stanton to be a poet to watch.” – Rae Armantrout

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