A harrowing vision of the down and out in London.
Photographs of MacGuiness, Axel Nay Hoch and Van Dyn -- Stephen Fry
Photograph of Webster -- Jay Maisel
Axel Ney Hoch
Heathcote Williams was born in 1941 in Cheshire. He is the author of The Local Stigmatic, performed at the Traverse, Edinburgh, and subsequently at the Royal Court Theatre London), ACDC, (Royal Court Theatre), which won him the 1970 Evening Standard Drama Award as 'Most Promising Playwright', Malatesta, Remember the Truth Dentist, The Supernatural Family, Hancock's Last Half Hour, Playpen, Carnival of Cretins, The Immortalist, (first presented Oval House, Kennington), and What the Dickens! -- Charles Dickens's Christmas Conjuring Caper. he is also a published poet.
A hair-raising book which goes straight into the literature of vagrancy alongside Celine, Genet's Journal d'un voleur and Philip O'Connor's Memoirs of a Public Baby -- Sunday Times
A brilliant piece of reportage about a quartet of Hyde Park orators. It seems to me a remarkable achievement and very, very funny. How Mr. Williams did it I don't know. These are the only speakers I'd ever wish to listen to. -- Harold Pinter
Immense talent -- an impressionistic picture of the Marble Arch scene and profiles of four of the more eccentric speakers. -- Daily Telegraph
Very original Beckettish documentary. -- V.S. Pritchett
A brilliant reporting job. It makes a haunting book that deserves to be widely read. -- Times Literary Supplement
A small masterpiece of rapportage...they are men...who have dared experience at strange levels and come back fighting mad -- if only to pass the cap round after they have held humanity up to ridicule. -- Listener
The combined effect is one of continually present Apocalypse, most rare. -- Maurice Richardson, Observer
A fine job of listening seeing and writing. -- William S. Burroughs