Event: A Tribute to Jordan: Punk & the Pistols screening, Tues 13th Sept, 6.30 pm, Rio Cinema, Dalston



HEAVENLY FILMS PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO JORDAN: PUNK & THE PISTOLS
 Tue 13 Sep, Rio Cinema, Dalston 
6.30 pm 
 Director: Paul Tickell
 Cast: Jordan, John Lyndon, Malcolm McLaren
 UK (1995)

In the words of Jon Savage, Jordan Mooney, who sadly died of cancer this April, was ‘the first Sex Pistol’.

A beehived Valkyrie in rubber, spiked heels and Mondrian make-up, she became the figurehead of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s taboo-breaking shop Sex at 430 King’s Road. Starring in Derek Jarman’s transgressive, counter cultural classic Jubilee, she continued to shape punk rock’s musical revolution as muse and manager of Adam and the Ants.

Join us for a celebration of this extraordinary woman and the spirit of ’76 with a rare cinema screening of the definitive (and uncensored) BBC Arena documentary on the UK Punk scene, Punk and the Pistols – the only film to feature candid interviews with John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren and his former-partner in fashion crime Vivienne Westwood. Along, of course, with Jordan herself and a host of other punk luminaries including Glen Matlock, Poly Styrene and Siouxsie Sioux.    

Hosted by Travis Elborough, special guests on the night will include Cathi Unsworth, co-author of Jordan’s memoir Defying GravityBertie ‘Berlin’ MarshallRichard Boon of Buzzcocks, New Hormones records and Stoke Newington Library fame and the filmmaker Paul Tickell.

There will also be tributes and readings from: 

Dave Barbe (aka Barbarossa) drummer with the Ants, Bow Wow Wow and Republica and the author of Mud Sharks
and 
Dorothy ‘Max’ Prior, whose forthcoming memoir 69 Exhibition Road: True-life stories from the fag end of punk, porn and performance art is out this November. 

Copies of Defying Gravity will be on sale and Cathi will be signing after the screening.


Aidan McManus (Soho Punk Tours and Flipside Radio) will be DJ-ing in the lobby.

Book tickets here now: 
https://riocinema.org.uk/RioCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=14751644

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Event: Improbable Topographies: Geoff Nicholson and Travis Elborough, Wed 28th Sept 7.30 pm, The Wanstead Tap, E7

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Pictures: Signed copies of Atlas of Vanishing Place in Stanfords where it is Book of the Month for July

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Picture: Signed copies in the Stoke Newington Bookshop N16

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-vanishing-places-the-lost-worlds-as-they-were-and-as-they-are-today/9780711281158

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Picture: Signed copies of Atlas of Vanishing Places in Waterstones Brighton

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July 25, 2022 · 9:19 am

Read: Extract from Atlas of Vanishing Places about London’s lost River Fleet on Kentishtowner

Read on here:

https://www.kentishtowner.co.uk/2022/07/21/the-fascinating-tale-of-anglers-lane-and-the-river-fleet/

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July 18, 2022 · 8:04 am

Listen: Warszawa Wschodnia performing at The Idler Festival 2022, Fenton House,Hampstead

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Pictures: The Idler Festival, Fenton House, Hampstead

Jarvis Cocker - The Idler Festival - Fenton House Hampstead

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Pictures: Studio Electrophonique Bus Tour, Sheffield

Studio Electrophonique Bus Tour Sheffield, Nick Banks, below Pulp plaque, The Leadmiil, Sheffield

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Books: Atlas of Vanishing Places is Stanfords Book of the Month for July

Signed copies are available in their London and Bristol shops and online:
https://www.stanfords.co.uk/Atlas-of-Vanishing-Places-The-Lost-Worlds-as-They-Were-and-as-They-Are-Today_9780711281158

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Event: Glasses Through Time, Travis Elborough in conversation with Suzi Feay at The Idler Festival, Saturday 9 July, 12.45 pm, Fenton House, Hampstead NW3

Full info here:
https://www.idler.co.uk/idler-festival/

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Event: City of Vanishing Places, Travis Elborough and Tom Bolton, Thurs 30 June, 7pm, The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1N

‘As Keith Waterhouse’s Billy Liar once observed, ‘a man could lose himself in London’ but what of the buildings, streets and entire neighbourhoods that have disappeared from the A-Z?

TOM BOLTON and TRAVIS ELBOROUGH return to the Salon for an evening celebrating the missing bits, maps, memory, places, and ruins that ghost our streets – and the simple pleasure of trying to find your way to the lost city.’

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Event: Dark Currents: Coastal Noir with Travis Elborough and guest reader Honour Mission, Tues 28 June 8pm, Latest Music Bar, Brighton, BN2 1TF

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/brighton/latest-music-bar/dark-currents-coastal-noir-with-travis-elborough-and-guest-reader-honour-mission/e-pyovog

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Picture: Interviewing Sam Knight about The Premonitions Bureau at Foyles, Charing Cross Road

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Pictures: Tim Wells’ Shine On book launch

Tim Wells - Shine On launch

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Picture: A10 Project pitstop in Ely

photo by @StokeyLitFest

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Pictures: Speaking at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Thanks to @StokeyLitFest for photos
signed copies of my books now available from
http://www.stokenewingtonbookshop.co.uk/

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Event: Speaking about Through the Looking Glasses at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Sun 5 June 1pm – from the window of the Stoke Newington Bookshop

Book tickets here: 
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/through-the-looking-glasses/

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Event: Speaking about Through the Looking Glasses at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Sun 5 June 1pm

Book tickets here:
http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/through-the-looking-glasses/

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Pictures: Interviewing Vashti Bunyan at The Social

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May 16, 2022 · 10:08 pm

Event: Vashti Bunyan in conversation, 16 May 7pm at The Social, W1W

Ticket link here:

https://thesocial.seetickets.com/event/white-rabbit-live-vashti-bunyan/the-social/2329048

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Books: Page proof of the cover for the new paperback edition of Atlas of Vanishing Places

Published on 5 July 2022 pre-order now https://www.waterstones.com/book/atlas-of-vanishing-places/travis-elborough/9780711281158

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POSTPONED – due to covid – Events: Dark Currents: An Evening of Coastal Noir with Cathi Unsworth and Travis Elborough, Thurs 21 April, 8pm, the Latest Music Bar, Manchester Street, Brighton

‘Since the days of the Regency, when prostitutes and pickpockets worked the promenades, and smugglers the coves and bays, the seaside has always had a seedy underbelly. 

And the English seaside can rightfully claim to be the birthplace of the English detective novel. It was in between examining nautical malingerers and Senior Service retirees at his medical practice in Southsea, Portsmouth that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “A Study in Scarlet” – the tale that in 1887 bequeathed Sherlock Holmes to the world. Nearly a quarter of a century later, in Torquay, a 20-year-old Agatha Christie, recovering from a bout of influenza and bored with eking out the hours at home assembling jigsaws, created the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. 

Award-winning authors Travis Elborough and  Cathi Unsworth both grew up on the coast – respectively Worthing and Great Yarmouth. Together they will chart the seamier waters of the English seaside, ranging from Patrick Hamilton to Harold Pinter and from Graham Greene to Quadrophenia, and reading from their own works.

Cathi is the author of six pop-cultural crime fiction novels, including the brilliant Weirdo an unforgettable slice of eastern gothic set in a fictional Norfolk resort in the 1980s, and the co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of punk icon Jordan. 

Travis is the author of Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and Through the Looking Glasses. He hails from a family who ran a pioneering pirate-themed restaurant in Cornwall and was born in Shoreham-By-Sea and raised in Worthing. 

http://www.cathiunsworth.co.uk

https://traviselborough.co.uk

More info here:

https://www.visitbrighton.com/whats-on/dark-currents-an-evening-of-coastal-noir-with-cathi-unsworth-and-travis-elborough-p1988461

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Event: Special screening of How to Marry Millionaire + talk by me, Sunday 10 April 15.30pm, Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Book now for a special screening of How to Marry a Millionaire followed by a spectacle-related chat by me link here:

https://phoenixcinema.co.uk/PhoenixCinema.dll/WhatsOn?Film=14023185

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Pictures: Some photographs of the Laugharne Festival 2022

Silly Games - Dennis Bovell in Brown
Up on my flickr page

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Event: Laugharne Festival Weekend 25-27 March

I will be appearing at the Laugharne Festival, speaking to Will Burns and Emma Stonex about their novels and telling the story of vinyl and the LP with the aid of a few records from my collection.

Full details of the programme here:

https://www.thelaugharneweekend.com/programme

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Picture: Interviewing Will Sergeant and Richard Balls at the Penderyn Prize event at The Boogaloo

Picture by @jo_bartlett
Photo by @JessicaGulliver

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Books: Cover design for the forthcoming paperback edition of the award-winning Atlas of Vanishing Places

More info here https://www.quarto.com/books/9780711281158/atlas-of-vanishing-places

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Picture: Interviewed in the latest issue of the London Library magazine by Jessica Lack

Read online here:
https://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/2324-our-spring-22-magazine-is-out

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Picture: Through the Looking Glasses on display at Heffers of Cambridge

Photo courtesy of @Will_Fuzz

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Event: What’s Up Doc? film screening and spectacle-movie talk, Friday 25 Feb, The House of Cinema, E17

‘Our homage to the late and great director Peter Bogdanovich is his classic screwball comedy, still absolutely fabulous in this, it’s 50th year. Heavily influenced by the Hollywood comedies of the 1930s & 40s, this sharp-witted and wacky delight not only embraces nostalgia but also breaks new ground.
We are also delighted to be welcoming back Travis Elborough, a renowned freelance writer, author and cultural commentator, who will be discussing his latest book “Through The Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles” so expect lots of film references.’

Book tickets here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/events/stowfilmlounge.com#/

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Listen: Better Known Podcast


NEW EPISODE: Writer Travis Elborough discusses six things which should be Better Known, including the novels of Dawn Powell, the Colonnade Bar in Brighton and Birkenhead Park – listen to the podcast at

https://better-known.zencast.website/episodes/travis-elborough

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Video: Book of the Day, Boris Farkaš recommends the Slovakian edition of Atlas of Improbable Places



Book of the Day:
Boris Farkaš presents a travelogue Atlas of the Incredible Places.

‘Plaice, catfish, carp, and catches from Lake Aral were once so varied and rich that they made up one-sixth of all fish consumed in the entire Soviet Union. after thousands of fishermen in this city, however, there is no shortage, as well as after the turbulent waters full of fish. the fleet of once-functioning fishing vessels was stranded as the surface receded. the rusty wrecks, squatting on the parched dunes, form a finished cemetery of ships, their propellers and rudders longing for water sticking into emptiness and evoke compassion or even a sense of impropriety. I have chosen for you a book full of curiosities and interesting information about the strangest and most fantastic places on this planet. it’s a travelogue that took me all over the world. I read about the church tower in San Juan Parangaricutiro, the only monument to the city that was engulfed by lava. about an underground river in the Philippines, reminiscent of a shot from some big-story fantasy film. on the way to the pages of the book, I also traveled, for example, to the floating world of Palmerstone, which is only at the end of the world. The author of the book, Travis Elborough, took care to present to us everything bizarre, interesting and fascinating on this planet. In this travelogue, I especially appreciate the fact that he not only brought me factual information, but also looks at places from a broader, more comprehensive perspective. These incredible places are associated with the legends, myths and superstitions that the book contains in various local variations. thanks to this, I think that rather than scientific literature, this book is more a statement about the relationship between man and the world around us.’

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Video: Clip here of me interviewing Chris Schüler at the Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace about his book The Wood That Built London

Visit the shop online at https://booksellercrow.co.uk/

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Event: Salon in the City: London Eyes – Specs and the City, Travis Elborough and Tom Bolton, 27 January, 7pm, online

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/salon-no89-london-eyes-specs-and-the-city-tickets-234250879687

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Picture: The Ipcress File film tie-in edition from 1965

My film-tie-in edition of #lendeighton #theipcressfile – I have a chapter in #throughthelookingglasses on the book, the movie and #michaelcaine and his specs https://uk.bookshop.org/books/through-the-looking-glasses-exuberant-glasses-changed-the-world-sunday-times/9781408712849?aid=9156

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Picture: Happy Holidays all and the best for 2022 – Thanks everybody and take care, hope to see some of you again next year

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-forgotten-places-journey-to-abandoned-destinations-from-around-the-globe/9780711263307?aid=9156

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Picture: Authors’ Club Lunch event menu

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December 23, 2021 · 4:36 pm

Books: Atlas of Forgotten Places featured in National Geographic’s Christmas books selection

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2021/12/christmas-gifts-for-nature-lovers-four-new-must-have-books

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Books: Copies of the new and improved paperback reprint of Atlas of Improbable Places just in

Pick up a copy in your local bookshop

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-improbable-places-a-journey-to-the-world-s-most-unusual-corners/9780711264014?aid=9156

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Books: Signed copies of Through the Looking Glasses in the window of the Stoke Newington Bookshop

Signed copies of Atlas of Forgotten Places are also available, their website here:
http://www.stokenewingtonbookshop.co.uk/

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Books: Extract from Atlas of Forgotten Places in I newspaper Weekend edition

Read online here:

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/travel/abandoned-town-santa-claus-arizona-americas-travel-1355203

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Books: Read an extract from Atlas of Forgotten Places on Caught by the River

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Books: Atlas of Forgotten Places number 17 in The Guardian’s festive travel gift guide

Buy a copy via Bookshop.org here:

https://uk.bookshop.org/books/atlas-of-forgotten-places-journey-to-abandoned-destinations-from-around-the-globe/9780711263307?aid=9156

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Books: Atlas of Improbable Places featured in the Royal Academy’s Gift Guide for Urban Enthusiasts

Buy a copy of the book from them here:

https://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/christmas/christmas-gifting/the-urban-enthusiast/atlas-of-improbbable-places

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Books: Read the introduction to Atlas of Forgotten Places on Stanfords blog

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Picture: Launching Atlas of Forgotten Places at Stanfords, Covent Garden

Picture thanks to #thelostbyway

Signed copies can be ordered direct from them here:
https://www.stanfords.co.uk/Atlas-of-Forgotten-Places-Journey-to-Abandoned-Destinations-from-Around-the-Globe_9780711263307




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Books: The Beauty of the West Pier and Atlas of Forgotten Places, The Oldie

Read on here:

https://theoldie.co.uk/article/the-beauty-of-the-brighton-west-pier-old-un

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Event: Author’s Club Lunch, 17 December 12.30 am at National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2HE

Full details here: https://www.authorsclub.co.uk/events/authors-club-lunch-with-travis-elborough/

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