25 July: Urban Psychosis, An evening with Will Self, Manchester.
12 August: Edinburgh Book Festival, 8pm, Charlotte Square Gardens, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR.
9 September: City Books, 7pm, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG. Tickets £8 available from Ropetackle or City Books.
10 September: Topping and Company Booksellers, The Paragon, Bath, Somerset BA1 5LS.
11 September: LRB bookshop, 7pm.
16 September: Desert Island Flicks, Arnolfini, Bristol.
17-19 September: Annual Conference and Social Housing Exhibition, ICC, Birmingham.
22 September: 5×15 at the Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London. Sold out.
23 September: Wakefield Lit Fest, 7.30pm, Unity Hall, Wakefield. More...
Watch Will Self talking about death at an RSA event tonight at 6.30pm.
Will Self has contributed to a documentary entitled The Future of Work and Death that explores how imminent technologies may – or may not – have a seismic effect on how society operates. The film chiefly focuses on artificial intelligence, “negligible senescence” and silicon-based immortality.
There’s a Kickstarter page here too.
Will Self writes about the drowned world of JG Ballard’s Shepperton in the first column of his new psychogeography series, On location, in the New Statesman, available online soon. This replaces his Real Meals column.
Watch the political philosopher John Gray and Will Self discussing JG Ballard’s work, his cities and his legacy in this Festival of Ideas talk from 2011, here.
In largeheartedboy.com’s Book Notes series, Will Self has created – and discusses – a music playlist that relates to his most recently published book, Umbrella, from the Kinks’ “Ape Man” to “Don’t Let it Die” by Hurricane Smith.
Itsu is a Japanese-inspired chain of some 40 takeaways and a brace of proper restaurants that are scattered across London’s financial district with a few outliers, including one in Oxford. Itsu – which is a Japanese prefix meaning “when” – was founded by Julian Metcalfe, who is also responsible for Pret A Manger, so you get the semantic synonymy.
I ate in a branch of Itsu near St Paul’s a couple of weeks ago, and for some perverse reason I so enjoyed the experience that I returned to see whether I had been suffering from a hallucination: the decor had seemed so pleasing, the service so light-touch and the food so deliquescent. More...
Film version of Will Self’s short story Flytopia from his collection Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys from Film4. You can read what Will has to say about it too. Flytopia was filmed by Karni & Saul, and it premiered online today.
Friday 20 September, 6.15pm: Barbican, as part of Urban Wandering season: Screening of Estates and a panel discussion afterwards with Lynsey Hanley et al, barbican.org.uk.
Friday 27 September, 7pm: Portobello Pop-Up cinema under the Westway at Ladbroke Grove, screening of London Babylon followed by conversation with the director, Julien Temple.
Wednesday 2 October, 6.15pm: Barbican, as part of Urban Wandering season, in conversation with “place-hacker” Bradley L Garrett – Shard climber – et al, barbican.org.uk.
Saturday 5 October, 2.30pm: Snape Maltings, Flipside festival, in conversation with Brazilian writer Bernardo Carvalho. More...
Heading very slowly across town to the Slug & Lettuce in the Borough, I kept looking behind me to check that I was leaving a man-sized slime trail on the pavement. I was feeling pretty low on this, my 23rd Father’s Day. Not, you appreciate, that a fearless gastropod like me has any need for such marketing-led pseudo-festivals – although it did occur to me that not one of my little slime had bothered to mark the event with so much as a tweak of my antennae. More...