New release from Iain Sinclair, in store tomorrow. “We shape ourselves, & are shaped in return, by the walls that contain us. Buildings affect how we sleep, work, socialise & even breathe. They can isolate & endanger us but they can also heal us. We project our hopes & fears onto buildings, while they absorb our histories. In Living With Buildings, Iain Sinclair embarks on a series of expeditions – through London, Marseille, Mexico & the Outer Hebrides.”

He explores the relationship between sickness and structure, and between art, architecture, social planning and health, taking plenty of detours … More

Not so long ago, our roads, buildings, gravestones and monuments were built from local rock, our cities were powered by coal from Welsh mines, and our lamps were lit with paraffin from Scottish shale. At the height of the empire, British stone travelled across the world to India and China, Sri Lanka and Argentina, Singapore and South Africa.

There were thousands of mines, quarries, slag heaps and brick pits across the British Isles. We live among the remnants … More

The city stretched beneath his arms was a cluster of skyscrapers & factories, pylons, gasworks & clocktowers, its coastline fraught with crested waves, its hills rising through the urban sprawl like naked limbs. A closer look found the monster-humps of the Forth Bridge bounding over black, nameless water; what was surely the paddle steamer Waverley chugged a narrower channel further south. And there, no mistake, were Glasgow Cathedral & the Necropolis overlooking Dennistoun.

At the foot, sitting on the rim of the picture frame and almost missable, was a tiny man with glasses; … More

The Hebrides hold a remarkable place in the imaginations of Scotland & England… these iconic islands form part of Europe’s boundary. Because of their unique position, they have been at the centre of a network of ancient shipping routes which has led to a history of cultures colliding & merging.

Home to a long and rich Gaelic tradition, they have attracted saints and sinners, and artists and writers, inspiring awe … More