FOR THE LOVE OF BLAKE
Authors including Deborah Levy, SJ Watson and George Szirtes gather at Waterstones Piccadilly to save William Blake’s Sussex cottage
Saturday 19 September 2015, 7pm-8.30pm, Waterstones Piccadilly
Tickets £10 in advance (£6 students) including a glass of wine
On the evening of Saturday 19 September 2015, leading lights of the literary community will gather at Waterstones Piccadilly for a truly one-off evening to celebrate the life and work of William Blake and to raise funds for Blake’s Cottage appeal.
Taking place just a few doors down from St James’ Church where William Blake was baptized in 1757, this unique event will feature Blake themed readings, discussion and interpretations from artists including Deborah Levy, SJ Watson, George Szirtes, Daljit Nagra, Alex Marwood, Ruth Rosen and Richard Skinner. The event will also showcase a series of new poems inspired by Blake, collected for a new pamphlet The Ecchoing Green edited by Richard Skinner (The Big Blake Project, 2015).
Blake’s cottage appeal was launched by The Blake Society in the Houses of Parliament last year and aims to raise funds to buy the Felpham cottage where William Blake wrote Jerusalem and keep it in trust for the nation. The appeal fund has been gathering speed, with the help of Sussex-based The Big Blake Project who have campaigned tirelessly to raise funds through events and awareness.
Aware of the Big Blake Project’s work, this literary fundraiser was the brainchild of bestselling novelist Rowan Coleman and poet and Director of Fiction at Faber Academy, Richard Skinner whose joint passion for Blake’s work and desire to protect his legacy drew them to act.
Coleman says “Blake is an early inspiration to so many writers, poets and artists. I remember being enthralled by his drawings when I was very small, which led me to fall in love with his writing as I grew up. Beacons of inspiration, as important as Blake should be treated as a precious legacy, and that includes preserving the places that inspired them, for generations to come.” Richard Skinner adds that for him Blake is “a total original, a visionary, a maverick. We will never see the like of him again.”
All proceeds raised by the ticket sales will go directly to the Blake Cottage fund.
Tickets for Celebrating William Blake, 19 September 2015, 7pm at Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J9HD are £10 each (£6 students) including a glass of wine
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