GUIDED WALK: WILLIAM BURROUGHS' LONDON
Walking the beat of the Beat City
with Tony Clayton and Jim Pennington
3:00pm - 5:00pm Saturday 26th May 2018
MEET AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE LIBRARY
Westminster Arts Library
35 St Martins Street
Before WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS achieved the status of an American myth, he moved around a lot, living in Mexico, Paris - and London - before kicking his heroin habit and moving back to the US.
This walk, led by writers DR WILLIAM REDWOOD and ANTONY CLAYTON and legendary underground publisher JIM PENNINGTON will take us time travelling through Burroughs’ West End years of 1967-1974.
We will visit his Soho, St James and Piccadilly haunts, discovering some very surprising facts about the avant-garde, counter-culture guru; literary genius and beatnik junkie along the way.
And we will recall some of the London characters he interacted with: socialites; Scientologists, artists, musicians - and rent boys
The walk will begin at Westminster Arts Library. We will meet in the first floor exhibition of Burroughs’s London photos and ephemera from the personal collection of counter-culture writer and Burroughs’ biographer BARRY MILES
Barry will be in conversation with historian Frank Rynne on Burroughs' time in London May 30th at Salon for the City. Details HERE
ANTONY CLAYTON is author of Subterranean City, Beneath the Streets of London, London's Coffee Houses, Decadent London, The Folklore of London, Subterranean City (Revised and Expanded Edition), Netherwood, Last Resort of Aleister Crowley, Lord of Strange Deaths, the Fiendish World of Sax Rohmer; Secret Tunnels in England, Folklore and Fact
JIM PENINGTON was co-founder of underground publisher Aloes Books whose publications during the 1970s and 1980s included works by Thomas Pynchon, Bob Dylan, William Burroughs, Patti Smith and Kathy Acker.
DR WILLIAM REDWOOD is an esoteric researcher and anthropologist.