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Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair - Credit: Archant

He has travelled across the capital investigating the way the railway has developed over the years and now he’ll be heading to Forest Gate to share his findings at the Wanstead Tap.

Iain Sinclair is a Hackney based writer and filmmaker, who is largely known for his exploration of psychogeography.

He will be heading to The Wanstead Tap next week to promote his latest book called London Overground - A Day’s Walk Around the Ginger Line.

The popular venue, in Forest Gate, has teamed up with Newham Bookshop to hold the event.

Iain said he was excited to come along to the popular bookshop once again.


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“It’s a great shop and I love supporting independent business such as the Newham Bookshop, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Iain told the Recorder that his for his new book, he travelled the London overground in the space of one day.

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“The book examines the way London has developed and how the overground has too.

“So i travelled to the different sides of the city to see how the development of the overground impacted the local areas.

“So I started at 10am and didn’t finish until about two in the morning.”

He added: “It was exhuausting, travelling from Haggerston into Surrey Quays, Denmark Hills to Shepherds Bush, but it really gave me an insight into how fast London is changing.

“New railway stations bring in new businesses, they can boost prices and encourage new ideas. With that, old businesses can lose out and people can also be pushed out.”

The book follows on from Iain’s London Orbital, a book which described the writer’s journey travelling the M25 motorway on foot.

He has also written Edge of the Orison, published in 2005, a psychogeographical reconstruction of the poet John Clare’s walk from Dr Matthew Allen’s private lunatic asylum, in the centre of Epping Forest, to his home near Peterborough.

Iain will be at the Wanstead Tap on June 23. Visit newhambooks.co.uk for information.

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