Mark Sinker

I write, though not so much for money these days: if it's a Potlatch then boy are you in debt to me... For my actual living, I edit and proof-read: I'm really really good at this -- contact me for my rates at marksink3r at googlemail dot com. I've worked on everything from pop weeklies to academic journals; I'm also on the radio now and then (and the internet non-stop). I like most when disciplines and their discontents crackle against one another: specialist expertise is important, but what matters is how it emerges into the non-specialist world.

ongoing stuff

current projects

In May 2015, I ran a conference at Birkbeck College, on the evolving politics of rock-writing. A companion anthology, with illustrations by Savage Pencil, is to be published in summer 2017, featuring such voices as
Val Wilmer, Richard Williams, Mark Williams, David Toop, Tony Stewart, Bob Stanley, Jon Savage, Cynthia Rose, Penny Reel, Mark Pringle, Edwin Pouncey, Tony Palmer,
Liz Naylor, Charles Shaar Murray, Paul Morley, John Ingham, Barney Hoskyns, Jonathon Green, Beverley Glick, Paul Gilroy, Simon Frith and Nigel Fountain (plus also me)… This was successfully funded in June-July 2016 via a Kickstarter: more details here: thanks all who did for pledging, sharing and otherwise supporting!


Mainly these days I write for Freaky Trigger, and now and then for Sight and Sound and The Wire. Contact me if you want to change this: marksink3r at googlemail dot com

recent writing

  • My review of Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead can be found in the May 2016 Sight and Sound (subscribers only)
  • A 2015 piece on John Bolloten’s photography and punk survivors, for Maura magazine (subscribers only)
  • Notes from my presentation for EMP in Seattle in 2014, on Adam Ant
  • An essay on art, class and autodidacts, featuring Oasis, Joseph Beuys, Arthur Scargill and Richard Jobson
  • A catalogue essay on about Michael and Cornelius Cardew: father and son, and respectively a quasi-traditional potter and an avant-garde composer, for the Crafts Council’s travelling exhibition Sound Matters
  • A review of the Irish film Silence, which also contains thoughts about the work of the composer John Cage
  • An occasional blog about art that I started with my friend the glassmaker Tallita Dyllen
  • A week-long blog on Adam and the Ants
  • A piece on Doctor Feelgood and Julian Temple
  • A short piece on Kraftwerk (including extracts
    from my er delayed book on music and technology)
  • A piece on Eartha Kitt
  • A piece on Whitney Houston
  • A review of Marcello Carlin's book
  • The first and second pieces in my series on the late William Mayne, the children’s novelist
  • The latest in my series on Doctor Who, undertaken in random order, TARDIS-style
  • A piece on Parkinson's disease, music and my dad
  • A very rough (and very long) preliminary commentary on Scott, Amundsen and social and cultural class
  • A conversation I had a while back with Film Quarterly's Rob White about Chris Marker and what critics do
  • radio

    I co-host A Bite of Stars, a Slug of Time, and Thou with Eli Sessions, exploring the art of the science-fiction short story, and I'm often on Freaky Trigger and the Lollards of Pop: both of these air through the graces of Resonance104.4FM. (Both shows currently on hiatus: some new projects in plan when any of us get a moment. We’re not paid, you know.)

    other places

    I have three blogs now, plus a more-or-less moribund live journal and a tumblr. Semi-transparent socks I can be found under, round the place, include belle le triste, tierce de lollardie, pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør, dubdobdee and variations thereof.