Tag Archives: psychogeography

White Noise

Last month I had the chance to co-edit one of my favourite urbanism sites, the London-based White Noise. It’s probably best to have a look and see what catches your eye but there’s a piece on post-apocalyptic London, an interview … Continue reading

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another place called nowhere

The term psychogeography is a flawed one. It presumably sounds better in France, where it originated, like its poetic sister-terms dérive and détournement. Here, it suggests canal-botherers and licentious lecturers. Maybe it’s just semantics. In French, reading a phonebook sounds … Continue reading

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Imaginary soundtracks, the perils of Cambodian traffic and how not to be a flâneur

When I lived in Edinburgh, I used to play a lot of soundtrack music on headphones while wandering around the wynds and closes, graveyards and courtyards of the town, “that mad god’s dream / Fitful and dark” as Hugh MacDiarmid … Continue reading

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Marie Under, Siuru and the poetry of place

I’ve just been in Estonia and Finland, two fascinating countries in distinctly different ways, and I’ve been trying to challenge my ignorance of literature from that part of the world (beyond a lifelong love of Tove Jansson). Kicking around ideas … Continue reading

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Return of Colmcille

It’s been something of a secret but, between creating one-eyed shrieking monstrosities in the laboratory and bouncing Tesla death rays off the moon, I’ve been working on the Return of Colmcille project for Derry’s City of Culture extravaganza. I’ve been … Continue reading

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The City As Fiction

Numéro Cinq, an excellent online literary journal founded by Douglas Glover, have very kindly highlighted an article I wrote for 3:AM on the subject of fictional cities. It’s opportune timing as I’ve recently started to expand the essay into a … Continue reading

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Fragments

In 1938, just after Chamberlain gave his ‘Peace for our time’ speech and handed over the good people of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis, W.H. Auden wrote Musée des Beaux Arts. Alongside his other poems Spain, In Memory of W.B. Yeats … Continue reading

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