11 Facts About Iain Sinclair


Iain Sinclair FRSL was born on 11 June 1943 and is a writer and filmmaker.


Iain Sinclair attended the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the London School of Film Technique.


Later, taking over from John Muckle, Iain Sinclair edited the Paladin Poetry Series and, in 1996, the Picador anthology Conductors of Chaos.


Iain Sinclair was for some time perhaps best known for the novel Downriver, which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1992 Encore Award.


Iain Sinclair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009.


In October 2018, the University of Surrey reported that Iain Sinclair had been appointed "distinguished writer in residence" with their School of Literature and Languages.


Iain Sinclair followed this with Edge of the Orison in 2005, a psychogeographical reconstruction of the poet John Clare's walk from Dr Matthew Allen's private lunatic asylum, at Fairmead House, High Beach, in Epping Forest in Essex, to his home in Helpston, near Peterborough.


Iain Sinclair writes about Claybury Asylum, another psychiatric hospital in Essex, in Rodinsky's Room, a collaboration with the artist Rachel Lichtenstein.


The 2012 games mark a shift in Iain Sinclair's psychogeographical writing, moving to a more documentary mode with fewer semi-fictional elements included in his work.


Iain Sinclair has written about, championed and contributed introductory notes to novels by authors such as Robert Westerby, Roland Camberton, Alexander Baron and John Healy.


In June 2019, Iain Sinclair travelled to Lima to begin retracing the journey of his great-grandfather, Arthur Iain Sinclair, to "the source of the Amazon".