Author Archives: Bobby Seal

About Bobby Seal

Freelance writer, poet and psychogeographer

Winter 2017 Reviews

A collection of seasonal reading loosely connected by the themes of landscape, time and memory… The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City – Iain Sinclair This is the eighteenth and supposedly final chapter of Iain Sinclair’s London novel. … Continue reading

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A Bridge That Divides

A bridge that links and divides. Two nations, border country, and in my mind I’m so close to the edge. But fly-strewn water fills my mouth, and drowns all possible words. The water is warm and viscous, its whole surface … Continue reading

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The X-Site: Mendelssohn, Mustard Gas and Memory

The most wonderful and the strongest things in the world, you know, are just the things which no one can see. Charles Kingsley – The Water-Babies   We follow the river upstream, pressing on further than we’d ever walked before.  … Continue reading

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Terence Davies’s Liverpool

Cinema creates a loop that preserves memory, and through the artful use of music and unexpected juxtaposition, Davies communicates the intensity that belongs to those memories. The re-enactments of Children are transcended. Death And Transfiguration is a powerful and deeply … Continue reading

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Straight Lines: Watling Street and Chester

Chester is situated on an elbow of Watling Street, one of Britain’s major Roman roads.  One branch issues south towards London and the other runs east across the Pennines to York.  Chester’s importance to the Romans was determined by its … Continue reading

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Washington Irving and the Headless Horseman

Washington Irving was an American writer who spent much of his early literary career living in England.  But I only discovered recently, while doing some research for a piece on the Old Dee Bridge, that he was also a frequent … Continue reading

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Hear Her Walk

In a house, in a town lived a man and a woman.  With them lived the woman’s uncle. The man and woman wanted a child, but no child arrived. In the attic, the man made a boy from steel and … Continue reading

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Waterland: Memories Dissolve

A bridge that divides. Border country, and in my mind I’m so close to the edge. But fly-strewn water fills my mouth, and drowns all possible words. Cold pellets of rain beating a tattoo on the gore-tex fabric of my … Continue reading

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A Child of the Jago, by Arthur Morrison

The Jago is not only a geographical area but an existential state of desperation A Child of the Jago is London-born journalist Arthur Morrison’s best known novel. It was first published in November 1896 and is set in a fictional … Continue reading

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Sulphur – an Interview with Christopher Ian Smith

Sulphur is a new short film by Christopher Ian Smith.  It is a macabre experiment across documentary and horror.  Sulphur dives head first into the folk traditions and ceremonial weirdness of bonfire night in Lewes, Sussex, an annual event of … Continue reading

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