Unofficial Britain

A new book by Gareth E. Rees, out on September 17th, 2020, published by Elliott & Thompson. There is a …

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The Business Park in the Marsh: Post-Brexit Wanders in Grimsby’s Europarc

Gareth E. Rees meets artist Marc Renshaw for a walk through the a business park in the edgelands of Grimsby, in which they are haunted by the spectre of potential economic disasters to come.

Bare Knuckles, White Ladies and Martyred Rebels: The Mythic Townscape of Merthyr Tydfil

WORDS & PHOTOS: Gareth E. Rees In the year leading up the (Not So) Great Pandemic, I was fortunate enough …

As the Crow Flies: Cross City Walks in Birmingham

1. Take a map of a city 2. Draw a straight line from one side of the city to the …

A Walk into the Dark Side: A New Map of Occult London

“Within the city exists a shadow world of druids, mystics, magicians and witches.” Occult London: A Guide to the Highly …

The Supermarket Car Park Fugue

On The London Ear show on Resonance FM, Unofficial Britain’s editor Gareth E. Rees reads from his new book Car …

Fat Balls & A Lost Wedding Ring at a Sheffield Retail Park

Author of Car Park Life, Gareth E. Rees, recounts the sorry tale of his trip to a retail park in Sheffield in which he encounters the Mad Hatter, fat balls, riverside poetry and loses his wedding ring.

Jazz Odyssey Reveals The Secret Life of the Car Park

WORDS: Gareth E. Rees MUSIC: Simon&thePope with Gareth E. Rees FILM: Martin Fuller PHOTO: Jeff Pitcher ‘It is Morrisons that …

Absurdities and Synchronicities: A Postman’s View of the Everyday

WORDS: Gareth E. Rees reviewing Round About Town, by Kevin Boniface, Uniformbooks 2018 LOCATION: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire IMAGES: Kevin Boniface from Round …

Object-Oriented Ontology: The Yorkshire Three

LOCATION: YORKSHIRE FILM: A616 This is rather weird and wonderful… The film duo Joshua Alexander and Erkembode, who featured on …

Fieldgate Street

WORDS: Bobby Seal IMAGES: David Hoffman [© David Hoffman] Introduction: When I was a student in London in the 1970s I lived …

Wyrd & Riotous Calendars to Corrupt Your Poor Mind

WORDS: Gareth E Rees LOCATION: The Year This month I’ve come into possession of two strange, unconventional calendars that turn the …