Ginsberg In London – The Beats, Blake and London

The Horse Hospital and The Bureau of Lost Culture present a programme of happenings to celebrate the beat poet, thinker, and activist Allen Ginsberg on the UK publication of Pat Thomas's book Material Wealth: Mining the Personal Archive of Allen Ginsberg.

A series of events celebrating Allen Ginsberg are to take place between 8 and 30 March at the Horse Hospital in London. This will include a series of talks, exhibitions and presentations, as well as one by Iain Sinclair and Camila Oliveira, "Sunflowers and Sutras: Ginsberg and Blake", on Thursday, 14 March.

In May 1965, Allen Ginsberg (1926 - 1997) arrived in London, gave a free reading at Better Books in Charing Cross Road, an event described by Jeff Nuttall as "the first healing wind on a very parched collective mind” and one which provided the impetus for the International Poetry Incarnation at Royal Albert Hall, a hugely significant moment in the birth of the British counterculture. His host during that visit, and in many subsequent sojourns in the capital, was his friend, and later biographer Barry Miles.

The exhibition presents a memoir of their friendship and Ginsberg’s life in London up until his death in 1997, recollected through personal ephemera, rare and previously unseen images, film and sounds. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events exploring Ginsberg’s legacy.

Iain Sinclair & Dr Camila Oliveira Querino will be in conversation on Thursday 14 March to discuss Ginsberg and Blake, followed by a live reading of Ginsberg’s Sunflower poems as well as his masterpiece Howl.

Tickets for these events can be booked from The Horse Hospital web site.