Unofficial Britain

A new book by Gareth E. Rees, published by Elliott & Thompson. ‘Terrific… Britain’s urban landscape is just as freighted …

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Re-weirding the Urban Landscape

Gareth E. Rees discusses the future folklore of industrial estates, pylons, motorways, ring roads, hospitals, housing estates, roundabouts and flyovers

Tales from a Covidian Landscape

These new images by photographer Nigel Dawson capture the eeriness of the Covid 19 landscape

Landscapes of Post-War Infrastructure: A Conversation with Painter, Jen Orpin

Gareth E. Rees & Jen Orpin discuss the memories and mythology of roads, motorways and service stations

A Yorkshire ‘Goonies’ Adventure Inside the Secret Tunnel of Holden Park

Patrick Wray recounts a childhood trip into the subterranean ruins of Oakworth House

Shadowlands: Light and Darkness on the Urban Edge

In Nigel Dawson’s photographic mutations of the everyday, human ghosts lurk within shadowy high-rise housing estates, derelict buildings and industrial edgelands.

Unofficial Britain’s Weird & Eerie Landscape Reads of 2020

Unofficial Britain’s editor, Gareth E. Rees, recommends some haunting books about place, memory and culture.

White Tents in the Car Park: A Covid 19 Despatch from Kent

Emilia Ong on the chilling vision of a Covid testing centre in a Margate car park

From Neolithic Roundabouts & Satanic Car Parks to Council Estate Poltergeists – The Weird Lore of Everyday Urban Places

In this video presentation, Gareth E. Rees takes you on a visual journey through the unexpected places he visits in his book, ‘Unofficial Britain’

The Eerie Tale of the Zombie Junction Behind Sainsbury’s Car Park

On an ill-fated supermarket car park walk during the pandemic, Gareth E. Rees ends up stalking the undead beside an abandoned roundabout

The Banshee and the Roundabout: Bizarre stories & folklore today

Irish storyteller Helena Byrne, place writer Marcel Krueger & Gareth E. Rees discuss the importance of folklore, bizarre stories and urban myths in the contemporary world

Nothing With Nothing: A Lonely Drift Down Marine Drive, Margate

Emilia Ong’s meditation on alienation and strangeness on a walk by the amusement arcades of a British seaside town