06 November 2012

Off the rails

Last week, I took a wee trip to the big smoke to rendez-vous with the editors of The Literateur literary magazine and to attend the launch of the latest issue of Ambit. While I was killing time between meetings near Euston, I decided to see what was going down at the British Library, and lo, there was the scroll of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, in the Folio Society* Gallery.

The 120 foot-long scroll was banged out in three famously frenzied weeks and, though small, the exhibition is very interesting in providing information on the background of the manuscript and its context in terms of the Beat Generation, and there are some great photos of Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg et al. The show runs until 27 December and is free, so if, appropriately, you have a bit of time before catching a train, bob in.

*The Folio Society, btw, republish classic books with unique illustrations, and their version of On The Road, above, has black and white photos throughout and is £29.95. Other tomes include various by British authors, such as Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, which is on my reading list for winter...

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