Wed 26 May - 19:00-21:00 - Obsessive Pursuit

Tuesday 25th May 2021

Wed 26 May - 19:00-21:00 - Obsessive Pursuit

This evening is one of a series of three, part of Estuary Live Lounge, curated by Gareth Evans.

On the Obsessive Pursuit: Place and its Purpose
Wed 26 May
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Two long-time collaborators and friends, the acclaimed writers Iain Sinclair and Rachel Lichtenstein come together to talk about the impact of place and how it shapes our understanding of ourselves, our past and our present. They have both written extensively about the Thames Estuary and East London and have enjoyed many a walk together through these landscapes.  On this occasion however, they are both currently working on new projects that are concerned with the connections between our own shores and those in distant lands.

Iain Sinclair’s project includes both a book and a film that connects the Thames and the Amazon.  The Gold Machine locates narrative momentum from separate streams. In separate continents. In separate times. Times that miraculously cohere. Or refuse to cohere. Challenging ancestors.  Attending to WB Yeats: 'The living can assist the imagination of the dead.' 

Since 2014 Rachel has made multiple trips to the Caribbean Island of Barbados, researching the little known Jewish history of this place, which dates back to 1654. Her work to date explores the Ashkenazi Jewish population who settled on the island from the 1930s onwards, escaping persecution in Europe, as well as Sephardi settlers who arrived in the seventeenth century. She will share with us, records from the archives, oral history recordings and the results of four years of archaeological excavations in the coastal town of Speightstown.


Tuesday 25th May 2021
19:00 - 21:00



Previous Obsessive Pursuit: Place and its Purpose

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