Psychogeography from Huddersfield to Hackney

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The latest episode of Inside Culture on RTE Radio 1 features a report by Regan Hutchins from the 4th World Congress of Psychogeography, which took place in Huddersfield in September. The report features Unofficial Britain’s Gareth E. Rees as he explores

Welcome to the Molly House

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WORDS: Alex Cochrane In the 18th century the secret world of the molly house was a place for gay men to socialise, cross-dress and role-play. But it was also a place of danger and treachery. It must have taken some

Lowriders, Joyriders, Cruisers & Doughnuteers – Car Park Life at Night

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LOCATION: A supermarket car park near you, probably. WORDS: Gareth E. Rees In 2014, Plymouth’s Crownhill retail park hosts a nocturnal gathering of around hundred cars and five hundred people. A twenty-year old named Christopher Budd enters a skills competition with

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

Lost British Landscapes

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LOCATION: The Submerged Coastline of the UK WORDS: B G Nichols In September 1931 the trawler Colinda set sail from Lowestoft on a routine trip towards the Leman and Ower Banks some 25 miles off the coast of Norfolk in

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

The Militarised Countryside: A Journey to Imber, Salisbury Plain’s Ghost Village

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LOCATION: Wiltshire WORDS: Gareth E. Rees It’s a long road to Little Imber, Salisbury plain’s ghost village. The MOD have opened it for public access, as they do occasionally at Easter and Christmas. Turning off the A360 from Tilshead, the

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

Magic & Mystery in the Mundane – An Exploration of Uncanny Places

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WORDS & PICTURES: Gareth E. Rees This is an edited Transcript of the talk I gave at the Hastings Storytelling Festival, Wednesday 9th November 2016. I want to tell you a story. It’s about how an erotic encounter with an

Uncanny Landscapes: From Pylon Love & Mad Benches to Car Park Epiphanies

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WORDS: Gareth E. Rees EVENT: Uncanny Landscapes at The Hastings Storytelling Festival, November 9th, 7pm, Havelock Road, Hastings (FREE) I’ve been kindly invited to speak at this year’s Hastings Storytelling Festival. Because it’s a festival of storytelling, I am going to