13. June 2017 · Comments Off on Visit to Milton’s Cottage · Categories: Society News

Saturday 17 June at 11:00 am
Milton’s Cottage, 21 Deanway, Chalfont Saint Giles HP8 4JH

Blake’s relationship with Milton went far deeper than most poets’ involvement with their influences. It was an engagement at many levels: the story of a naked William and Catherine reading Paradise Lost in their Lambeth garden; the insight that Milton was “of the Devil’s party without knowing it”; the breathtaking illustrations; and the prophetic book in which Milton, “unhappy tho’ in Heaven”, is sent back to annihilate his selfhood and achieve redemption.

Although both Milton and Blake spent only short periods of their lives away from London, both the cottages they lived in have survived. Both played a role in their occupant’s creative life, as a rural retreat in which major works took shape. Milton completed Paradise Lost at Chalfont, and was inspired to write Paradise Regained there.

The cottage is the only one of Milton’s dozen residences that still stands. It retains the charm of the 17th century home he would have known whilst housing one of the world’s most important collections relating to the writer on open display. The three museum rooms contain rare books, paintings and prints that give a unique insight into Milton’s life, work and influence.

Members of the Society will have a 2-hour private visit to the cottage guided by one of the Milton Cottage Trust’s curators. There will also be an opportunity to visit the ancient parish church and its 14th century wall-paintings.

Please note that this is a members-only event and that numbers are limited. To register interest and receive further details, please e-mail milton@blakesociety.org.

31. May 2017 · Comments Off on A Wake for Blake · Categories: Society News

​A WAKE FOR BLAKE

A very special evening to raise money for a memorial for the poet and artist
William Blake

Monday 25th September 2017 at 7.30pm
Leicester Square Theatre, London

Featuring:

KEVIN ELDON
SHIRLEY COLLINS, DAVE ARTHUR AND PETE COOPER
THE GREAT BRITISH BLAKE OFF
ROBIN INCE
STEWART LEE
TESTAMENT
ALAN MOORE
SIMON MUNNERY

– More To Be Announced –

The exact location of Blake’s resting place was only re-discovered in recent years after detailed research by two committee members of the Blake Society, Carol and Luis Garrido. This event, featuring some of the UK’s most thrilling maverick performers, is to raise funds towards a fitting marker to identify Blake’s grave in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.

Exclusive 48 hours PRIORITY BOOKING PERIOD from 10am 31ST MAY with PRIORITY BOOKING CODE: BLAKE17

To be assured of tickets, book within this exclusive booking period from 10am Wednesday 31st May until 10am Friday June 2nd.

Book online at :
https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574779
or by calling 0207 734 2222
or in person at the box office
Please quote the PRIORITY BOOKING CODE: BLAKE17

Buying Tickets after 1st June:
General booking opens 10am Friday 2nd June 2017
Venue: Leicester Square Theatre, London
Date: Monday 25th September 2017
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £25 plus booking fee
Booking: https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574779
Tel: 0207 734 2222

14. April 2017 · Comments Off on Neo-Romantic Envisionings · Categories: Society News

Nash, Paul; Eclipse of the Sunflower;

Wednesday 19 April 2017 at 7.00 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD

The influence of William Blake and Samuel Palmer on British artists of the inter-war years

Late in his lifetime, Blake inspired a small coterie of artists, The Ancients, and Samuel Palmer in particular; a century on, however, his art influenced a Neo-Romantic envisioning that flourished through the inter-war years.
This evening we’ll explore woodcuts, drawings and paintings by Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, Cecil Collins and others who sought the spirit and mystery of the British landscape.

Dr M L Banting has a background in Russian Studies and Women’s Studies, and has for a number of years tutored on Russian and British art. His current focus is on British art of the early 20th century.