The Ghost Factory: A Tale of Repossession in Four Acts

The Ghost Factory: A Tale of Repossession in Four Acts

I first wrote about the Ghost Factory in February 2011 after I watched the wrecking balls smash Lesney Industries Ltd to pieces. Until that time the factory had stood at the corner of Hackney Marshes, overlooking the Lee Canal, making Matchbox toy cars. Even after there was nothing left of Lesney but a burial...
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The Unmoored Manor of Mutating Manifestation (UMMM), London’s floating Micronation

The Unmoored Manor of Mutating Manifestation (UMMM), London’s floating Micronation

This post is the illegitimate child of a Twitter conversation with John D from Pynchon in Public and author David Southwell. Many of these ideas are David’s. You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here The narrowboat seems longer and wider than the rest. But somehow it glides effortlessly down...
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When God Came to Clapton: A Tale of Two Cults

When God Came to Clapton: A Tale of Two Cults

Wherever I roam on the marshes, I can see one of two buildings poke the skyline. At the Walthamstow end, a Victorian church rises from Upper Clapton, beyond Springfield Park. Here, in the late 1800s, God came to London on a mission to make love to the lady folk. A few miles down the...
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Hackney 2060: Estate Wars, Techtopia & Afterlife Twitter

Hackney 2060: Estate Wars, Techtopia & Afterlife Twitter

This piece was originally written and recorded for the Letters You Never Sent radio show on NTSLive. You can hear the audio version of my letter at the end of  the programme here. Letter to my daughter, Isis, to be sealed in a tin paintbrush case and hidden in Hackney Marshes until the year 2060...
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Mapping Your Manor – Field Recordings from The Olympic Fringe

Mapping Your Manor – Field Recordings from The Olympic Fringe

Mapping Your Manor is Lucy Harrison’s response to Ackroyd and Harvey’s Mapping the Park art commission. During 2011 Lucy recorded the voices of people who live on the fringes of the Olympic Park. These downloadable MP3s can be listened to on walking tours or enjoyed as an audio record of lives in flux beneath...
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The Occult & Hackney Marshes

The Occult & Hackney Marshes

This week I was interviewed by illustrator Ada Jusic, who is exploring the idea of the occult in the East End for a forthcoming art project. You can find further details here. Below is an edited version of the interview. ADA: Iain Sinclair has mentioned a few times he believes there are “occult forces” at...
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