About the artists

Photograph by Joy Gordon

Rachel Lichtenstein was born in 1969 in Rochford, Essex. She studied at Sheffield University, now works as an artist, researcher and author and lives in London. Solo exhibitions include 'Forever Green', 19 Princelet Street, London, 1992, and 'Kirsch Family', Joseph's bookstore, London, 1999. Her book, Rodinsky's Room, was first published by Granta Books in 1999 and has since sold 25,000 copies worldwide and been published in five countries.

Iain Sinclair was born in 1943 in Cardiff. He is a writer, poet, film maker, editor and playwright and lives in London. Sinclair attended Cheltenham College, London School of Film Technique, Brixton, London, Trinity College, Dublin and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He published his early work, mainly poetry, through the Albion Village Press which he founded. His first novel, White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings, 1987, won him critical acclaim and a wide audience. Other novels include Downriver, 1991 (which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the 1992 Encore Award) and Radon's Daughters, 1994. His more recent projects include London Orbital (A Walk around the M25): a book and a television film in 2002 and Edge of the Orison, a psychogeographical reconstruction of a walk by poet John Clare.