Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sinclair Beiles: a man apart by Josh Medsker

Sinclair Beiles was a South African writer associated with the Beat movement of the late 50s and early 60s. During the time of his earliest successes, he moved from South Africa to Paris, to live with the community of writers and artists, which included Gregory Corso, Brion Gysin, and William Burroughs, among others, at what would become known as The Beat Hotel. Yet, this “beat” tag could not contain him. He also spent the early 60s in Greece, working with the Greek artist Takis on multimedia works, all the while spooling out his own brand of surrealistic, enigmatic poetry. He floated around Europe in the decades that followed… coming back to his homeland in the 90s, settling down in the artists’ enclave of Yeoville, in Johannesburg. He continued to experiment restlessly, until his death in 2000. He is relatively unknown outside of Beat and South African literary circles. Hopefully this article will go a long way towards correcting that. More .

Friday, January 30, 2015

Out now: Who was Sinclair Beiles?, revised and expanded edition.

Available from Dye Hard Press at R150 per copy, including postage (South Africa only). Email dyehardpress@iafrica.com.  For overseas orders, price will vary according to increased postal rates - please enquire with publisher.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Uprooted wanderer: a review of Dowsings

Published in Cape Times, 12 December 1979. Sinclair is incorrectly named Simon Beiles (Simon being one of his middle names).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Coming soon: A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?

A revised and expanded edition of Who was Sinclair Beiles?, including new material by Heathcote Williams and Carl Weissner, with additional photographs of Sinclair from the 1970s by Gerard Bellaart. Due out November 2014.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A poem for Bruno Demattio, by Sinclair Beiles

A typewritten poem by Sinclair Beiles for artist Bruno Demattio. Demattio's son Hopi posted this poem to the Facebook profile of Afra Beiles. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Love Puppets: a theatre review of My Brother Federico

Published in the Times Literary Supplement, 16 May 1980

Valient bash at poor verse

Published in Rand Daily Mail, 12 August 1980

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bailes [sic] emerges from mentor's shadow

Shocking typo in the headline! From The Star, 6 February 1997 

Putting one's faith in poems

Published in The Star, 2 December 1981