On beat

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Portrait of William S. Burroughs Photo © James Grauerholz
On beat

14 Wharf Road
London N1 7RW
United Kingdom
January 15th, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

shoreditch, hoxton
+44 020 7490 7373
Tue-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5; First Thursday of every month, open until 9 pm
£6/£5 Concessions


Relating to Shezad Dawood's 'New Dream Machine Project' for Parasolstice - Winter Light 2012, this varied evening will explore some of Beat Culture’s most evocative moments.

Barry Miles and Ian McFadyen, contemporaries of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, will talk about the Beat era; contemporary poet Marcus Slease and academic Peter Jaeger will give presentations of their work.

Barry Miles will present his talk: ‘Burroughs in London’.

Barry Miles
was the co-founder of Indica Books and Gallery in 1965 and International Times (IT), the first European underground newspaper in 1966. Miles catalogued Allen Ginsberg’s, William Burroughs’ and Brion Gysin’s archives. He specialises in writing about the Beat Generation and is the author of more than 50 books including: Allen Ginsberg: A Biography (1989), William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible (1992), Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats (1998), Beat Hotel (2000), the best selling Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now (1997) written in collaboration with McCartney, Frank Zappa (2004) and Charles Bukowski (2005). His Hippie (2003) was on the New York Times best seller list. His books have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages.

Ian MacFadyen will speak about Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Ian Sommerville, Antony Balch and Terry Wilson; ‘The Technology and Esotericism of The Third Mind.’

Ian MacFadyen
, co-editor with Oliver Harris of Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays, has written for many years on the work of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. A number of his essays are archived at the Reality Studio website, including a three-part bio-critical essay on Brion Gysin, ‘A Trip From Here To There’. His essay on William Burroughs, ‘The Mouth Inside’, with images by Phil Wood, and an interview with Terry Wilson, ‘Cutting Up For Real’, are also available at Reality Studio. Sections from his text ‘Codename Burroughs’ were published in English and German versions in 2012 to coincide with the exhibition The Name Is Burroughs: Expanded Media at the ZKM, Karlsruhe. 

Peter Jaeger will give a talk-poem on beat writers such as Ginsberg, Whalen and Snyder, touching upon their understanding of compositional methods and Buddhism. He will go on to explore the ongoing legacy of these ideas and methods.

Peter Jaeger
is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist now living in the UK. His published work includes the poetry books Power Lawn (Coach House Books, 1999), Prop (Salt 2007), Rapid Eye Movement (Reality Street Editions 2009), and The Persons (information as material 2011). He is currently writing a book on John Cage, which is set to be published by Continuum Press in 2013. Jaeger teaches poetry and literary theory at Roehampton University in London.

Marcus Slease will read new poetic works based on William S. Burroughs.

Marcus Slease
was born in Portadown, North Ireland and immigrated to Las Vegas at age 12. He has lived all over the world as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Recent poetry, flash plays and fiction have appeared in: Forklift Ohio, Juice is Dead, Radioactive Moat, 3AM Magazine, Thought Catalog, Housefire Books, Metazen, So and So Magazine, Everyday Genius, Spork, InDigest, NAP, Gesture, and Little White Lies (among others). He is the author of six books of poetry, including Hello Tiny Bird Brain and Smashing Time! A bizarre fairy tale novella from Poland. The House of Zabka is forthcoming in 2013 from Deathless Press, and Poor Claudia just released his latest book of poetry Mu (so) Dream (window). He lives in London and blogs (and reblogs) at The House of Zabka.

This event is a collaboration between Parasol unit, October Gallery and Edmund Hardy.