Chris McCabe’s The Real Southbank

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What makes us love our city?

Three pioneering poets and writers of London life and history delve into the reality of the South Bank. They weigh up the story of the area, from its beginnings as a marshland to its 20th-century transformation into the city’s cultural quarter.

Hosted by Peter Finch – poet, writer and the editor of Seren’s Real Series? – this evening launches the book Real South Bank by Chris McCabe. Also in attendance is Iain Sinclair, who reads from his own work to help illuminate the past and present of the area. Sinclair has written about the South Bank in Lights Out for the Territory, and about the Thames in Downriver.

Together, these three writers explore the South Bank’s historical associations with criminality and outsiderness, and its appeal to poets like Blake and Rimbaud. Finally, they discuss what makes the South Bank so distinctive in the landscape of contemporary London.

Chris McCabe’s Real South Bank covers the area between Blackfriars Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, and as far south as Elephant and Castle. The book includes chapters on Shakespeare’s original Globe, a night walk in the footsteps of Dickens, a stroll along the River Neckinger that runs beneath the streets of London and a visit to the site of ?the most notorious of the Elizabethan bear fighting pits. There are chapters on Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall, and a new series of poems about the broader South Bank entitled Liquid City.

6pm – 7.30pm

Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall

£10 includes wine

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Iain Sinclair, John Wilkinson, Emily Critchley & Rob Stanton

Indie literary press Penned in the Margins presents a summer solstice celebration of alternative poetry and experimental language, headlined by cult London writer IAIN SINCLAIR.

Iain is joined by US-based poet JOHN WILKINSON, one of the most influential experimental writers of his generation, plus new Penned in the Margins authors EMILY CRITCHLEY and ROB STANTON.

* Rob will be launching his debut collection, The Method

The event takes place in The Nave – a beautiful and atmospheric converted church and performance space in the Islington / Hackney borders. There will be a bar and a bookstall.

Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £6 online / £7 on the door

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Juan Andrés García Román

Via Steven Fowler:
An interview with the Spanish poet, the first Spaniard to be featured in Maintenant, Juan Andrés García Román, the 26th subject of the 3am magazine interview series centred on contemporary European poets. Four of his poems are also included. An exceptional interview by an exceptional poet.

We can happily announce that November Saturday 27th will feature our third Maintenant reading in London at the Rich mix centre in 2010. From Iceland we will welcome Ragnhildur Jóhanns / Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl / Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir / Jón Örn Loðmfjörð. As part of the event, the four poets from Iceland will collaborate to produce work with four poets from Britain and we can announce those participants too – Iain Sinclair / Stewart Home / Scott Thurston / Tom Jenks.