Past Events

May 2018

Salon NO.54 : William Burroughs’ London

. A very rare opportunity to join the capital’s chronicler of the counterculture Barry Miles in conversation with historian Frank Rynne on the London life of the beat writer William Burroughs.
. Le 30 mai 2018, rejoignez le spécialiste des contre-cultures Barry Miles et l’historien spécialiste de William Burroughs, Franck Rynne.

6.30pm Wednesday 30th May 2018
Westminster Arts Library
35 St Martins Street
Ticket includes a syringe of Hendricks Gin Cocktail
Admission: £7.00 / 9.00

September 2017
The French Ticket That Exploded
Sept. 21, 8:00pm at Les Instants Chavirés, Paris.
A night of poetry with Sylvain Courtoux, Joachim Montessuis,
Jennifer Scappettone, Lucien Suel, Clive Matson and Gael Alcock, curated by Peggy Pacini.
Admission free

Ongoing Guerrilla Conditions
Sept. 22, 8.00pm at Les Instants Chavirés, Paris.
Music and performance featuring Lydia Lunch (solo performance), Kevin Barrington,
Eric Andersen, Ramuntcho Matta, Michele Gazich and Inge Bakkenes (World premier of “From Rimbaud to Burroughs and Baudelaire to Camus: The Invention of the Modern Mind”), Joachim Montessuis, and Burroughs based sound mixes by Frank Rynne
Admission free to conference attendees

Prof R J (Dick) Ellis, Visiting Professor of Cultural History at the University of Chichester (and EBSN member) presents:

Gerald Nicosia, author of Memory Babe, the famous biography of Jack Kerouac, is visiting the University of Chichester, Chichester, Sussex UK.

All are welcome to the events!

Date: Friday 29 September 2017

13.00 hours
The Genesis of Home to War: Talk by Gerry Nicosia on his work with Vietnam Veterans and Ron Kovic in particular
14.45 hours
The Mythological Kerouac, the Popular Kerouac and the real Kerouac
talk by Gerry Nicosia with Q + A session (w. Dick Ellis)
17.00 hours
Gerry Nicosia reading poems, particularly from his collection Ghost of Kerouac. This will be accompanied by wine refreshment.

Admission is free

All are welcome!

[-A great opportunity to see Gerald Nicosia in person, especially for those unable to come to the Paris EBSN conference!]

October 2016

EBSN members Oliver Harris and Barry Miles are both appearing at the Cheltenham Literary Festival the weekend of October 15th/16th.

Miles will be talking at events about San Francisco and about the writer Charles Bukowski; while Oliver is on a panel to discuss  The American Road

November 2013

Sur La Route: Jack Kerouac’s Francophone Roots

Evening Lecture

Joyce Johnson — memoirist, novelist, and Kerouac biographer

Hassan Melehy — Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Wednesday, November 6 – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)
Note: In the event of a prolonged government shutdown, an alternate venue will be announced.

Presented in partnership with the Quebec Government Office in Washington

September 2013 – Out of the Shadows: Women and the Beat Generation: Literature, Art, and Film

The first of its kind, the Out of the Shadows conferences focused specifically on the women of the Beat Generation, exploring their work and elevating their voices. The three day event was organized by Frida Forsgren and Michael J. Prince and took place at the University of Agder in Kristiansand Norway September 2-4, 2013.

February 2013

Films in Germany

May – September 2013

Digital Exhibition of Ginsberg’s Works

This digital exhibition of Ginsberg’s works is curated by Jean-Jacques Lebel at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. The exhibition will also be on in Rennes, Tourcoing (Northern France) and Karlsruhe (Southwest Germany), from May 31 to September 9.

See here for more information.

November 2012

Hip Sublime Conference at the University of Pennysylvania. See the conference programme here.

October 2012

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 – Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, October 27th, 2012.

This event honours The Final Academy which took place in London 30 years ago this October, and which featured William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, 23 Skidoo, and Psychic TV.

Organised by Joe Ambrose, FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will feature :

-The movie Words of Advice; On the Road with William Burroughs

-Language Virus by Raymond Salvatore Harmon with music by Philipe Petite,

-William Burroughs, 1914-1997 by Gerard Malanga

-Spoken word performance by Scanner and others.

FINAL ACADEMY / 2012 will be marked by the publication of Academy 23, an anthology edited by Matthew Levi Stevens featuring Jack Sargeant, Joe Ambrose, Gerard Malanga, Emma Doeve, Paul Green, and John Balance (Coil).

Soundtrack for the event provided by Testing Vault, Plague Doctors featuring DJ Mix by DJ Raoul, Islamic Digger No1. One Way, Alma featuring Joe Ambrose.

September 2012

Beat Cinema – Screenings in Canada (Films curated and introduced by Jack Sargeant). For more information see here.

March – August 2012

The name is Burroughs Exhibition – Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

April 2012
Burroughs Calls the Law:  Nova Law, Interzone, Control

Birkbeck College, London. 25 April 2012, 11 am – 4 pm

11 am – Coffee & Welcome
11.30 am – 1 pm

Laurent de Sutter (Free University of Brussels) – ‘Magic of Law:  Random Remarks on William Burroughs’ Closet Jurisprudence’

Thom Robinson (University of Sheffield) – ‘Self-Control:  Burroughs’ Repression of Nostalgia in his 1950s Texts’

Lucy Finchett-Maddock (University of Exeter) – ‘Archiving Burroughs:  Interzone, Law, Self-Medication’

1 pm -1.30 pm – Naked Lunch

1.30 pm – 3 pm

Charlie Blake (Executive Editor, ‘Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities’; founder member, STD, ‘Semiological Terrorists of Desire’) – ‘Exterminate all Life!:  The Algebra of Revolutionary Desire and the Avolutionary Death Machine in William Burroughs’

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck College, University of London) – Title to be Confirmed

Nathan Moore (Birkbeck College, University of London) – ‘The Nomos of the Page:  Writing Degree Almost Zero’

3 pm – 3.15 pm – Coffee

3.15 pm – 3.30 pm – Liz Adams & James Wilkes Poetry Recital:  

White Subway re-imagined through the Cut-up Technique

Liz Adams is a poet and writer. She has worked collaboratively with musicians and dancers, and is seeking to expand her poetic practice to incorporate visual art. She is currently at work on a novel mapping London as a political tapestry through the lives of its characters. Her website is:

James Wilkes writes poems and scripts and has worked with scientists, artists and musicians investigating topics such as brain imaging, camouflage, radio and woodland. His website contains links to recent publications and work. He is currently studying for a PhD at the London Consortium, and is poet-in-residence at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL.

3.30 pm – 4 pm – Summary & Discussion


8th December 2011


The world premiere of The Beat Hotel.  This is as part of a month-long film series at Cinematheque dedicated to all things Beat.

Here’s a quick rundown of all films showing:

Alan Govenar, 2011 / 82 min.

Yony Leyser, 2010 / 87 min.

Curt Worden, 2008 / 98 min.

Christopher Felver, 2009 / 80 min.

Lars Movin & Steen Møller Rasmussen, 2007 & 1998 / 74 min. + 35 min.

Chuck Workman, 1999 / 88 min.


PULL MY DAISY (Robert Frank & Alfred Leslie, 1959 / 30 min.)
TOWERS OPEN FIRE (Antony Balch, William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin & Ian Sommerville, 1963 / 10 min.)
WHOLLY COMMUNION (Peter Whitehead, 1965 / 33 min.)
THE DISCIPLINE OF D.E. (Gus Van Sant, 1982 / 13 min.)
THE JUNKY’S CHRISTMAS (Nick Donkin, 1993 / 22 min.)

July 2011

2 July 2011, 7pm

The Band of Holy Joy – Live at the Borderline

With Eric Andersen

For more information and for tickets see

April 2011

  • Talk by Oliver Harris at Columbia University, New York, April 5 2011 (12.00, Butler Library, Room 523)

The Beat writers have been photogenic icons of American dissent, while their opposition to Cold War Americanism was crucially mediated by trans-national affiliations. In this context, the French Connection was fundamental, and Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs should all be recognized as Francophiles. Indeed, their identifications with French writers played a central if surprising role in defining their individual visions, as a reappraisal of recent Beat photographic history reveals.

  • Band of Holy Joy Live Performance

Band of Holy Joy release a new digital download  single on Thursday April 7th.

It features two songs: On the Ground Where John  Wesley Walked / The Black Middens.

The single is followed up by a special live  performance at St Pancras Old Church on Thursday April 28th. Simon Onions is the special guest on the night.

Tickets can be had via WE GOT  TICKETS or from the band’s website.

January 2011

Band of Holy Joy, The Bitter Springs, Andrew Clark

At the Bull & Gate, Kentish Town, London

Friday, 7 January, 7:30pm

Advance tickets available here

November 2010

 19th November, 7pm, London — Talk by Oliver Harris on Burroughs

See details here.

Rona Cran reviews the lecture in The Literateur.

2 Responses to Past Events

  1. Karen Moller says:

    interesting -can you send me future information of events


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