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

London’s Marshland: An Electronic Exploration by Andrew Weatherall

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MUSIC: Andrew Weatherall. This atmospheric mix by Andrew Weatherall first appeared on the Rotters Golf Club website. It was inspired by the book ‘Marshland: Dreams & Nightmares on the Edge of London‘ by Gareth E. Rees (Influx Press, 2013). “Cocker

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

Outer Space Travel In Manchester’s Makro

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LOCATION: Manchester WORDS: Gareth E. Rees I only remember Makro because of its car park, the space outside the place. The interior of Manchester’s warehouse cash ‘n’ carry store was forbidden to children under twelve, so my parents would leave

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

Mock Rock in Ramsgate

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LOCATION: Ramsgate WORDS: Gareth E. Rees I was on a trip to Ramsgate with the kids at the weekend. Approaching the harbour from the west I found myself walking down the B2054, otherwise known as the Royal Parade, an elevated

Landscape Punk to Supermarket Car Parks: Unofficial Britain Live in Stoke Newington

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  Unofficial Britain was honoured to host an event at Influx Press’s day at The Stoke Newington Literary Festival, 6th June 2015. Below is a recording of that event. Thanks to Influx Press for their support, Meghna Gupta for the photo and

Brighton’s Unfinished Necropolis

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LOCATION: Brighton WORDS & PICTURES: Gareth E. Rees Brighton on a murky Easter Friday. A spectral mist scrubs out the sea and tall landmarks, leaving visible only streets and gravestones. It’s appropriate weather. I’m heading to a pub to listen

Britain’s Subterranean Ham Chambers & Why I Love My local Trophy Shop

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LOCATION: Hastings WORDS: Gareth E. Rees When I was 12 I fell off my bike and lost all my maths. Since then I’ve staggered through adult life with a childlike bewilderment about numbers. I haven’t a clue what they mean.