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Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire - A Confidential Report

Iain Sinclair gives a personal view on Hackney, past and present

Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire is Iain Sinclair’s personal record of the area of London where he has lived for forty years. Seeking to capture the spirit of Hackney, Iain meets a cast of the dispossessed and uncovers traces of those who passed through Hackney including Lenin, Stalin, Joseph Conrad and Orson Welles. He also tells his own story of forty years in one house — marriage, children, strange encounters, deaths.

Join Iain and his panel of East London luminaries, Sheila Rowbotham, Rachel Lichtenstein, Patrick Wright and Michael Rosen, as they discuss Iain’s latest publication and his examination of a borough that has been persistently revived, reinvented and betrayed.

Iain Sinclair is a writer, poet and film-maker and widely regarded as one of London’s greatest chroniclers. His many books include Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Encore Award), Lights Out for the Territory, Rodinsky’s Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein) and London Orbital. He is also the editor of London: City of Disappearances.

This event is organised in partnership with Newham Bookshop.


Mr Iain Sinclair | talks
Sheila Rowbotham | talks | www
Rachel Lichtenstein | talks
Patrick Wright | talks
Prof Michael Rosen | talks | www


Date and Time:

26 March 2009 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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£6, concessions £4; advance booking required

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Call 020 7392 9220 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional Information:

Bishopsgate Institute is two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station.

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