William Burroughs' London

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 30th May 2018

A very rare opportunity to join the capital's chronicler of the counterculture BARRY MILES in conversation with historian FRANK RYNNE on the London life of the beat writer WILLIAM BURROUGHS.

The evening will take place during an exhibition of Miles’ personal photos and ephemera of drawn from the years Burroughs lived here the exhibition will run May 7th - June 2nd and on Saturday May 26th, we will be hosting a guided walk of Burroughs' London with writer Antony Clayton and esoteric scholar Dr William Redwood.

London’s posh St James district is probably not the location most associated with the avant-garde,occult guru; literary genius; dystopian visionary; wife-killer and beatnik junkie William S Burroughs. But,drawn to the city by love for his boyfriend John Brady, he lived quietly there during the years 1967-1974. And he was pretty busy.

Whilst living in Duke Street and other London locations, he wrote The Ticket that Exploded, The Wild Boys and The Job whilst working on his cut-up audio and photographic experiments. He also found time to hang out with male prostitutes, cottage in the loos of Piccadilly Underground Station, shop at Fortnum and Masons and join The Scientologists.

He even carried out a ‘space-time’ disruption on the Soho espresso bar Moka in response to the discourtesy and ‘poisonous cheesecake’ he had received there (successfully apparently, as the cafe subsequently closed)His friends included Christopher Gibbs the "King of Chelsea” and alleged inventor of Swinging London, artists Francis Bacon and Brion Gysin - and the counterculture chronicler BARRY MILES.

Join us for a very special evening when Miles will recall his literary friendship with Burroughs and the characters of the circles they moved in during those strange London days. Miles will be in conversation with historian and music producer FRANK RYNNE upholder of the Burroughs and Beat legacy.

Cost: £9

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