Wyrd & Riotous Calendars to Corrupt Your Poor Mind

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WORDS: Gareth E Rees LOCATION: The Year This month I’ve come into possession of two strange, unconventional calendars that turn the year inside out and upside down. First up… Wyrd Kalendar Wyrd Kalendar is written by Chris Lambert, the man behind

Haunted by a Nuclear Power Station

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Hastings In 2013 I left London for good. It was traumatic. Fifteen years in that city, longer than any single place I’d lived for the forty years I’d been crawling over the earth’s surface. In

The Gallows Pole: Myth & The Taxonomy of Terrain in Yorkshire’s Rebel Landscape

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Yorkshire Benjamin Myers’ The Gallows Pole [Bluemoose Books] is a novel about the Cragg Vale Coiners, a band of forgers led by David Hartley in the 18th Century. The Gallows Pole opens with a taxonomy

Brexit, Landslip, Divorce & a Very Sussex Apocalypse

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees LOCATION: Hastings, East Sussex The Stone Tide: Adventures at the End of the World is an apocalyptic black comedy set in Hastings, written by Unofficial Britain founder Gareth E. Rees, featuring Aleister Crowley, the Piltdown Man

An Exploration of St Peter’s, Cardross

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LOCATION: The Firth of Clyde, Scotland This is an extract from Angus Farquhar’s photo essay in the new book St Peter’s, Cardross  I set up NVA, an independent arts company (the letters stand for nacionale vita-activa, meaning ‘the right to

The North London Museum of Native American Culture: A Southeastern Rail Shaggy Dog Story

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LOCATION: Southeastern Rail, London, Hastings WORDS: Ben Thompson The first time I saw Tex (and although at that point I didn’t know his name, it would probably have been one of my first guesses) was at about eleven o’clock on

The Fate of England’s ‘Infant Hercules’

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A review of Stripped Tees: Endurance and Hope in the North East by Richard Milward and Natalie Hardwick [Influx Press, 2016] LOCATION: Teesside REVIEWER: Laura Harker “This remarkable place, the youngest child of England’s enterprise, is an infant, but if

On the Trail of the Green Man: An interview with Nina Lyon

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WORDS: Gary Budden I spoke to author Nina Lyon about her latest book Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man (Faber, 2016), a brilliant piece of creative non-fiction about our attitude to nature and the environment, the resonance of

An Unreliable Guide to London

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LOCATION: Erm…. WORDS: Gareth E Rees If you’re a regular reader of Unofficial Britain, you’ll know that I like to walk around chain store car parks, writing things down. It’s something of an obsession. On this website I’ve described my

Between Place & Imagination

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees This is a transcript of my talk at the Walking Inside Out Symposium, an event in Sheffield to launch the new book Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography, edited by Tina Richardson. I’m an author of