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March 28 @ 7:00 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction

Strange Labyrinth: Outlaws, Poets, Mystics, Murderers and a Coward in London’s Great Forest

Will Ashon


Wickford Library
Market Road
Wickford, SS12 OAG
(£5 27yrs and under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Strange Labyrinth is book about Epping Forest, which is like a forest: a story of tangled pathways and surprising encounters, magic and madness, litter and loss. Ultimately it’s about getting lost, and finding oneself. This is a future cult classic in which nature writing meets punk history, academic troublemaking, psychogeography and memoir.

WILL ASHON was born in Leicester in 1969. Having worked as a music journalist, he founded the record label Big Dada Recordings in 1996, which he ran for over fifteen years, signing acts like Roots Manuva, Wiley, Diplo, Kate Tempest and Young Fathers and, in the process, winning the Mercury Music Prize twice. He also published two novels with Faber & Faber, Clear Water and The Heritage. He currently lives in London.

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Strange Labyrinth is a wonderful exploration of the tangled undergrowth of the psyche. Ashon is an anarchic Green Man; a puckish punk of the forests and here he has invented a new genre: Gonzo Romanticism. Jon Day

From John Clare to Crass, Will Ashon unearths magic in a forest that is more than mere harbour and hide-out for dissidents, poets and outlaws, but which represents an entire narrative strand of an ever-changing England. Here is deep questing into both person and place, masterfully delivered. Benjamin Myers




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