Austin Collings


Austin Collings (left) with Liam Power, photographed by Natalie Curtis

Austin Collings

Where are you from?
Radcliffe, North Manchester (or Dog-Sh*t-Valley as some people call it)

Describe your style in three words?
Suspicious, aloof, obsessive.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
The Fall at The Knitting Factory in LA, May 2006. I was working with Mark E Smith at the time on what would later become the infamous book, Renegade. The psychotics took over and the enormous energy of that night has never left me.

If you could collaborate with any writer or musician in history who would it be?
James Joyce: such a bizarre and wonderful creature who fought constant bad luck and rejection and created a verbal universe that turned literature and language on its bourgeois head.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
None. I see myself as my own subculture. A cult of one.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Tony Soprano: a very brave man.

For anyone who hasn’t read your work - what would you suggest they read first?
My collection of stories - The Myth of Brilliant Summers.
They are each as fascinating, grotesque and moving as the slow decay of the family dog.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music)?
My fourteen year-old self. At the time I thought I was inventing a new musical-reality. Looking back it was blissful delusion.

Austin Collings recently collaborated with musician Liam Power (AKA By The Sea) and Photographer Natalie Curtis on the 'Blade Jogger' project.

Find out more about the project at

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