On Wednesday 2nd November there will beÂ a live performance of A Dream Life of Hackney Marshes, a hallucinatory journey through the Lea Marshes, fusing spoken word, chamber music, avant rock and electronics. The event (billed as â€śThe Gig of the Yearâ€ť by an imaginary source) is to celebrate the launch of the album, a collaboration between me and Jetsam, out on Clay Pipe Music on Monday 11th November.
Itâ€™s all kicking off after 7pm at Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Hoe Street, Walthamstow. More details of the gig, and how to get tickets, are here: Gig Tickets. IfÂ youâ€™re on Facebook, click here: Book of Face
Or join me for….
A Marsh Tour!
My book Marshland,Â illustrated by Ada Jusic,Â is available for pre-order here and will be published on the 14th September. To celebrate the launch, youâ€™re invited to join us for a tour of the marshes on Saturday 16th November.
Weâ€™re meeting outside the Princess of Wales (by the Lee Navigation, Lea Bridge Road) at 12:45, for a prompt departure at 1pm.
The tour will take in many of the spots described in the bookâ€¦ the filter beds, the Old River Lea, Hackney Marsh, the site of the old toy factory and the Navigationâ€¦ crossing the threshold between what is real and what is imagined. Come and hear about dead bears, giant fish, druggy Victorians, obscure micronations, phantoms and Blitz bombs.
The tour will take about two hours. At the end weâ€™ll all go to the Clapton Hart by the Lea Bridge roundabout for a knees up, where you can ask me any questions you like about the marshes. You can ask me questions about other topics too, but donâ€™t expect any well-informed, reasoned answers.
Youâ€™re welcome to bring booze, dogs, cats (!) orÂ whatever you like. Itâ€™s going to be informal, possibly chaotic. Even if you know the marshes well, it might be interesting to get another perspective, albeit a warped one.
If youâ€™re on Facebook, let us know youâ€™re coming: Facebook Gubbins
The Hackney Citizen have written a piece about the event which you can read here: Spooky Goings on on Hackney Marsh