‘Place Waste Dissent is poetry, collage, artist’s book, historical document, political tract. It draws a straight line of folk art from the ‘green man’ of pagan mythology to the DIY zine culture that it emerges from. The book-as-object tells you that it’s different the moment you see it, with heavy black edged pages, thick to cope with the weight of ink poured into each sheet. Strips of cut-out text are pasted over photographs of the protest. The result is an absolute mass of information coming at you.’
George Jackson reviewed my new book Place Waste Dissent for Ambit Magazine. Read it in full here.
We had a packed-out, emotional launch last night at the wonderful Brick Lane Bookshop for Place Waste Dissent – many thanks to Danial Kramb and the bookshop, Gary Budden, Kit Caless, Influx Press, Sarer Scotthorne, George F., Lucy Furlong and all who came, including old friends from the No M11 Link Road and Claremont Road days; Richard Leighton, John Ling, Michelle Butcher and Steve Ryan (whose photographs feature in Place Waste Dissent).
Arts agitator, writer and film-maker Joe Ambrose on Place Waste Dissent;
‘I first met Paul Hawkins a fair long time ago and one night over dinner in my Islington flat he told me all about his squatting adventures and life on the road in Spain. Back then he had it in mind to write the book – below – which has just come out commemorating the squatting on London’s Claremont Road, now just a memory because the place got knocked down to make way for a motorway.
I was having dinner with a few friends the other night when my copy of the book arrived in its jiffy bag and I showed it to them and they read it while we were dining. They thought it was wonderful and we talked about how books exist to immortalize what we think feel or do while we’re around. Be that the affairs of a community or an individual or a people or just a handful of folks.
All these years later Paul has gotten his book out – it’s a herculean task to get any book out – and it couldn’t be a better job. Now go out and buy it.’
A spoken-word storytelling journey written by Paul Hawkins, based on three years he spent occupying properties in London. FLEA tells the story of several characters and a chain of events that began 1990 in the (in)famous squatted community of Claremont Road in Leyton east London.
I performed FLEA on September 13th and 14th as part of the Vita Nova Boscombe Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences both nights. You can find out more about FLEA and the Fringe Festival on the website.
Bournemouth’s Hope FM asked me in to talk about writing and performing FLEA, squatting in east London’s Claremont Road, to play some music from back in the day and to perform some of my poetry and also FLEA. The recording of FLEA is here…