21. July 2018 · Comments Off on Apocalypse – Unveiling of the Gravestone · Categories: Society News

Sunday 12 August 2018 at 3 pm
Bunhill Fields, 38 City Road London EC1Y 1AU
William Blake died on 12 August 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave.The Society has commissioned a gravestone from the leading letter cutter in England, the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop and the ceremony of unveiling will be marked with music and personal reflections from eminent & immanent Blakeans who have supported this project over the last twelve years. There will be a performance of a specially commissioned choral work by the Australian composer Chris Williams sung by Sansara. The vocal trio Blake, celebrating their tenth anniversary will sing Jerusalem. A set of songs will be performed accappella by Nicki Wells. Speakers include our President Philip Pullman, the poet, singer-songwriter, priest, and academic Malcolm Guite, the bass guitarist and poet Jah Wobble, the satirist Will Franken and the poet Stephen Micalef. The Unveiling will conclude with a candle ceremony when everyone will be invited to place one of 191 candles around the grave, marking the 191 years since Blake’s death.
We welcome all our members, friends or passers-by to pause and share in this belated wake for Blake.

02. July 2018 · Comments Off on A Visit to the Letter Cutting Studio · Categories: Society News

Thursday 5 July 2018 at 3 pm
The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop
152 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3DZ
A Visit to the Letter Cutting Studio
An opportunity to visit the studio of the leading letter-cutter in England, the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop who have been commissioned by the Blake Society to cut the new ledger stone for William Blake in Bunhill Fields.
There is a cultural cascade of influence leading back from Lida Cardozo through David Kindersley to Eric Gill and William Blake and then onwards into the medieval workshops where apprentices learnt the craft of cutting beauty into stone.
Places are limited so if you would like to attend, please email :
StudioVisit@blakesociety.org

11. June 2018 · Comments Off on Lovely Lambeth – A Walk Through Blake’s Landscape · Categories: Society News

Thursday 14 June 2018 at 18.45 pm
Meet under the Coade stone lion at the eastern end of Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7GL
Lovely Lambeth – A Walk through Blake’s Landscape
Jon Newman leads a walk around Lambeth, re-imagining the urban landscapes that William Blake would have known in the decade he lived and worked at Hercules Buildings, and considering some of the influences the place may have had on his writings of the 1790s. This circular walk will last two hours.
Jon Newman is the Archivist of Lambeth Council and a writer on the history of South London. There will be copies of his recently-published booklet, ‘Lovely Lambeth’ on sale.
The event is free but numbers are limited so please book tickets online :
https://lovely_lambeth.eventbrite.co.uk