IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of a back injury, Shirley Collins is unable to take part in English Journey: Re-Imagined. The running order and content of the concert will be unchanged - her readings will be replaced by recordings.
Iain Sinclair will now give the pre-concert talk which will take place at 6pm in the Fountain Room.
A 21st century happening inspired by JB Priestley’s survey of a troubled 1930s England.
Readings, performance, music and film intersect, complement and argue, including highlights from sold out events at Aldeburgh Music & AV Festival in Newcastle, plus a new London-centric summoning under the influence of Sinclair's latest book Ghost Milk, featuringthe Lea Valley area and the Olympics as well as the Barbican itself.
Listen to Iain Sinclair as he talks about English Journey: Re-Imagined, the Olympics, London and more in our monthly podcast (from minute 15)
Graham Dolphin's mutating video backdrops, glimpses from the corner of the eye. Shirley Collins (folk music historian, silenced angel singer) reads John Clare. Found sounds & lost souls. Straw bears & sunken villages. Stones vs bricks. Flutes and strings and Border pipes. Hurdy-gurdy heavy metal. Beware the Morris man's stare!
Moore's third mind dialogues at the conjugation of two epic paintings by J.W. Turner & John Martin. Tom Pickard, lost poet of the Borders cuts up Get Carter and a Viking funeral. Sinclair's latest alchemical stewings, East London's "gonzo Samuel Pepys" has things to tell you that others would sooner you didn’t hear… Calling Time on the Grand Project!
Readings by Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Tom Pickard, Shirley Collins
Music by FM Einheit, Susan Stenger, Simon Fisher-Turner, Andy May, Steve Tyler
Video Projections by Graham Dolphin, Susan Stenger, FM Einheit