The London Perambulator, a documentary directed by John Rogers, will feature an extended interview with Will Self and is being screened at the Whitechapel Gallery in London on April 29 at 7pm as part of the East End Film Festival.
“Leading London writers and cultural commentators Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Russell Brand explore the importance of the liminal spaces at the city’s fringe, its Edgelands, through the work of enigmatic and downright eccentric writer and researcher Nick Papadimitriou – a man whose life is dedicated to exploring and archiving areas beyond the permitted territories of the high street, the retail park, the suburban walkways. John Rogers’ film looks at the city we deny and the future city that awaits us.”
Chris Addison explores the links between modern-day text-speak and the language of the 18th-century literary enlightenment. He examines the expressive elements of text language, or “textese”, and how it can be seen to echo a ludic art form that became popular in the Romantic era, via insights found in the letters of Jonathan Swift and later works by Lewis Carroll and James Joyce.
The programme will be broadcast on March 10, Radio 4 at 11.30am and will feature contributions from Will Self and Ian Rankin, the poet Scott Tyrell and professors Jeremy Tambling, John Sutherland and David Crystal.
Will Self is going to be part of a panel discussing contemporary approaches to death and dying at the LSE on Sunday March 1, 11.30am. The event is free, but you’ll need to get a ticket.
For a chance to go on a walk in London with Will, visit the Evening Standard’s auction page and bid on lot 39 in their Christmas Charity Auction. You have until December 15 to make a bid.
Will is going to be a panellist on Question Time next week, December 11. The panel will also include Schools Minister Jim Knight, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, and Esther Rantzen.
Will is going to be on Resonance FM on Thursday November 20 at 4.30pm. He is a guest on Interesting Conversations. You can listen via 104.4FM or go to www.resonancefm.com. An MP3 version will be available to download later. Will is to discuss The Butt, Liver and “his intumescent back catalogue”.
Over the past decade, as British culture has become steeped in pop psychology, one expression has come to be bandied about with increasing abandon: “She’s in denial.” Much as I deplore such psychobabble, sometimes “in denial” is the mot juste. Since the British economy began to hit the buffers, while interest rates have been slashed and consumer demand plummeted, so people’s denial has increased. Of course, ours being an unequal society, this denial has not been spread about evenly; on the contrary, the highest concentration is among the richest and most powerful.
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Will is going to be talking about psychogeography and WG Sebald tomorrow at 6.30pm at The Gallery, Foyles bookshop, 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2. Call 020-7713 0023 for tickets.