12 Noon Sunday 18 September 2011
(meet at the café next to the carpark on the Rye)
[For a map, Google SE15 3UA]
Angels and the Replanting of the Lost Angel Oak
Adriana Díaz Enciso, John Hartley, Martin Sexton
Blake claimed, ‘The Angel that presided over my birth said, Little
creature, formed of Joy and Mirth, Go, love without the help of
anything on Earth’. The child obeyed, and on rambles that radiated
from the city, he found the angels again sitting in an oak on
Peckham Rye. We mean to find the angels too – on this earth and
in our hearts – led by words, art and vision. A walk that becomes a
tree of many roots and branches, culminating with the horticultural
planting of a reawakened tree – the lost Angel Oak of Peckham Rye.
Adriana Díaz Enciso was born in Mexico and has lived in London
for the past twelve years. She’s the author of several books of poetry
and fiction and has recently finished writing her fourth novel,
Ciudad doliente de Dios, a question about the meaning of human
pain centred on the characters of Blake’s Prophetic Poems and a
quest to find the sacred city of Golgonooza.
John Hartley is a London based artist and director of the Difference
Exchange – placing critical artistic practice in provocative contexts.
He worked for the Arts Council England engaging the arts with
architecture, ecology and the environment. John works as a
practicing visual artist and directs a collaborative experimental
music group. He was co-founder of Transition Sydenham and hosts
a community radio programme on sustainability.
Martin Sexton is a London-based artist & writer and says ‘With my
writing practice I somehow feel the books or poems I want to read
do not yet exist, so somehow like the Fabulist of old, I have to write
them in order to read them. I confess that the notions of Time &
Love play powerfully within me and inhabit much if not all of my
explorations.’ His art and installations have been widely exhibited
in the UK and abroad, and he has published several books.