This is the blog of writer and film-maker John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city, and director of  the  documentaries London Overground (with Iain Sinclair), The London Perambulator, and Make Your Own Damn Art – the world of Bob and Roberta Smith. Also co-presenter and producer of the radio show and podcast Ventures and Adventures in Topography on Resonance fm.

“John is like an alchemist, not only in the he is unkempt and dresses like a person who has fallen through the cracks, he also makes the mundane and unremarkable glow with newly imbued magic.”

– from the foreword to This Other London by Russell Brand

“He’s the everyman’s psychogeographer, hobbling across the hilltops with only a can of Stella and a dodgy knee for company….
But this down-to-earth, booze-hunting ‘hippy wizard’ is a star in his own right. Brand describes Rogers as ‘like Prospero crossed with Mr Chips’, and a ‘tangle-haired shrub shaman’. We’d rather think of him as the Brian Cox of topology, inspiring wonder and curiosity on esoteric subjects (without using complicated words like topology and esoteric).”


Some interviews:

Robert Elms on BBC London

With Arthur Smith on BBC Radio4 Extra

And a longer chat with Neil Denny on Little Atoms

More interviews and talks can be found here

And here is a showreel of some of my more recent video work


If you’re interested in working with me, be great to talk to you – drop me an email and let’s have a chat:



[This blog used to be called Islingtongue > Leytonstongue but was relocated here with all the old posts.]

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Duncan Abbot   •  

    I went to the Iain Sinclair talk last night at the TFL museum.
    I enjoyed the platform talk and look forward to seeing the film.
    I’m going to to work my way through your posts on this site. I live in Loughton and we often cycle (sedately) down the Lea or through Walthamstow and the Marshes and share the same fascination for the area.
    Btw, the Signature brew post caught my eye. We usually do the Wild Card so this extends the choice.

    Keep up the good work

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Thanks for your comment Duncan – glad you enjoyed the talk and film extract. I’m always tramping around the Lea and through the forest, frequently passing through Loughton. Signature is definitely worth a visit on a Saturday and also Beavertown up at Tottenham Hale as well – I was given a tour towards the end of this video – I’ll be sure to make a long overdue trip to Wild Card.

  2. Kevin Ring   •  

    LONDON OVERGROUND – Elegiac film John. Poetry.

    • JohnR   •     Author

      Many thanks indeed Kev

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