Monday, 09 February 2009

Forthcoming publication from Dye Hard Press: Who was Sinclair Beiles?

Who was Sinclair Beiles? edited by Gary Cummiskey and Eva Kowalska


In 1960, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Brion Gysin and Sinclair Beiles collaborated on the now legendary collection of cut-ups, Minutes To Go. Readers of Beat literature know of Burroughs, Corso and Gysin, but who was Sinclair Beiles?

Sinclair Beiles was a South African poet and playwright, born in Uganda in 1930. He moved to Paris during the 1950s, where for a time he was an editor at Olympia Press and a resident at The Beat Hotel. He later spent several years in Greece and his first poetry collection, Ashes of Experience, won the first Ingrid Jonker poetry prize in 1969. Many other collections followed, published either overseas or in South Africa, to where he returned in the late 1970s. Beiles died, ignored by the mainstream South African poetry anthologies, in Johannesburg in 2000.

Who was Sinclair Beiles? brings together a collection of interviews, memoirs and essays about Sinclair Beiles and his work, by Gary Cummiskey, dawie malan, George Dillon Slater, Earle Holmes, Eva Kowalska, Alan Finlay and Fred de Vries. The book also includes previously unpublished photographs of Sinclair Beiles.

Beiles's work is in danger of sliding into obscurity forever, and it is time for a renewed interest in, and reassessment of, his contribution to South African literature.

Publication scheduled for May 2009. Pricing and availability to be confirmed.

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