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Iain Sinclair

River of No Return

Iain Sinclair has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In the ‘90s, Sinclair wrote and presented a number of films for BBC2’s Late Show and has, subsequently, co-directed with Chris Petit four documentaries for Channel 4; one of which, Asylum, won the short film prize at the Montreal Festival. He edited London, City of Disappearances, which was published in October 2006. In recent times, he has published Hackney,That Rose-Red Empire (2009), Ghostmilk (2011) and American Smoke (2013). Sinclair’s account of a one-day walk around the orbital railway – London Overground - was published in June 2015. He performed in two feature films, Swandown and By Our Selves, which he co-wrote with Andrew Kötting. A documentary feature by John Rogers, based on London Overground, was premiered at the East London Film Festival in 2016.