author. Elliot Simpson


The festival in some ways feels like a game of top trumps with eccentricity. Everyone I've encountered here has their own passion, from Arbell Lowther who spontaneously started a vineyard with her husband to Nina Lyon and her great interest in the mythology of the green man. It is passions like these that fuel Port Eliot and make it such a wonderful place to be during this time of year. When people genuinely love what they do, you can tell.

Iain Sinclair is one of these people. On Saturday he talked with Rachel Litchenstein about his strong interest in exploring urban environments (they're a frequent focus of his books.) London Orbital, for example, involved him taking a long, blister-inducing walk around the M25. Activities such as these might sound mad to some people, but Sinclair felt no need to explain why he went on long walks such as these during his talk at the festival.

Litchenstein noted at the beginning of the interview that Sinclair's first book came out over twenty-five years ago. Twenty-five years and he still hasn't grown tired of talking about his passion, smiling through the majority of the conversation. At 71 years old he's still releasing books regularly. Though I could never see myself going on walks as long as his, I understood the passion he radiated. We all have it for a thing or two - Port Eliot just acts as a platform to express it.