The Map is My Enemy

The Map is My EnemyFour of Sean’s books are now available in print:

The Map is My Enemy
A breathless, mad ride through the demi monde of New York City. Described as a ‘Caledonian Hunter S Thompson’, Urquhart takes the reader into perilous situations, with a drink and an obscure verse for each journey.

I never did like the sound of the bagpipes
A navigation through austerity London, through the lens of Christy, a ex-soldier with PTSD on the margins of an atomised society. His life of unremitting greyness on the fringes of Walthamstow alters forever over the course of a drunken odyssey of a weekend with his old Forces compadre Alec.

Lone Bodies
A fevered journey through the minds of various ‘lone bodies’ in the borough of Walthamstow, East London. Linked by tangents, the characters herein vary from barroom psychotics, lone wolf agitators to neighbourhood fixer, the mysterious Graham The Lion. Drawn together by more than mere fate, the tensions surrounding these players reach a crescendo faster than a kitten in an amphetamine frenzy.

The Punishment of Luxury
A companion piece to ‘Lone Bodies’. A return to the febrile madness of the first book. From Glasgow to London. From inner to outer limits of sanity. The onion layers of the protagonists peel back to reveal some intriguing back stories. A breathless ride.

Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

THE HAWKLORDS (interview and live show)

Hawlords_revolutionABC Glasgow 21st of October.
Jerry Richards, Harvey Bainbridge, Dave Pearce, Tom Ashurst, Ron Tree.

A wide ranging interview with the real gents of genuine underground music. A legendary 2 hours spent with the men on the frontline. Jerry, a debonair and handsome giant, all empathethic body language and artuculate commentary. Harvey, the wise man of the outfit, a one man encyclopedia of all things Hawkwind and much, much more.

Dave Pearce, a calm, centred south east Londoner, who plays with the latest incarnation of The Bevis Frond, was full of quick humour and was as indulgent of my constant questioning as the very acccomodating others. The friendly and easy going road manager allowed me into the inner sanctum of the tour bus, a compact and warm Mercedes Splitter van which soon filled with grey plumes of our collective smoke.

From anecdotes on everyone from Jack Bruce and Alexis Korner, to the reason for their comeback, it was a wondrous time spent with the friendliest and socially minded men in music. Taciturn newcomer Tom Ashcroft sat in wise before his tender 18 years as the history unfolded apace.

Ron Tree made an appearance towards the close of play. A genial figure in a red waiscoat and white golfing shoes, Ron offered his counsel on a range of topics from his and Jerry’s departure from Hawkwind, to the ravages of American capitalism on the UK and Europe.

We touched on personal histories, from Harvey Bainbridge’s peripatetic Forces upbriging to Jerry Richards’ agricultural background. Dave Pearce admitted he was born and bred in Eltham and hsd famously never left! Ron Tree mentioned his Leeds family as the hours flew like the hawk itself, swooping off at glorious tangents and encompassing 2000 years of human history.

The new album R:Evolution figured largely as the backdrop. A concise album, no sprawl for Hawklords, but a trimmed-down, lean crack sqaud of musicians enjoying themselves and spreading that joy to ever-larger audiences. This is R:Evolution at its finest. Catch them at the top of their game, with no signs of capitulatiing to the flawed notion of ageing. With young Tom on bass and Harvey Bainbridge heading gracefully into his seven decade, there is an elegant ellipse of life on show.

SEAN URQUHART ©2015

The Lunacy Bard

Two dates for your diary, this time for Sean reading from his novel ‘I never did like the sound of the bagpipes’:

Sean GlassesMore Storm Festival on Thursday the 1st of October at 8pm. The venue is at Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4. Hendon Tube is the nearest public transport.

Then on Wednesday the 7th of October at 8pm he’s starting a ‘salon’, hosting an evening with poet Emma Hammond and Author Bren Gosling as well as reading from his novel. The venue is 13 Thorpe Crescent, Walthamstow E17 5BY. Blackhorse Road or Walthamstow Central are the nearest tube stations.

Lust and Longing in Glasgow

Official launch of “Lust and Longing in New York”

7pm on the 31st of March @ Hyndland Cafe, Clarence Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow.

Meet the author, Sean Urquhart and illustrator, Ross Laing. Enjoy a selection of readings, tea, coffee and cakes; afterwards we will have a Q and A session and a few drinks elsewhere.

Come along, it’s free and the cafe is a lovely space run by a lovely couple, Kim and Stuart.

There’s even a Facebook Group supporting the event!