10. April 2018 · Comments Off on Dæmon Voices – Annual Lecture – 31 May 2018 · Categories: Society News

The 2018 Annual Lecture will be given by the President of the Blake Society Philip Pullman.

Philip will talk about the importance of stories and the craft of storytelling giving examples from his newest work : La Belle Sauvage (the first novel in the new trilogy ‘The Book of Dust’ and the earlier Blake-inspired trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’.

The lecture will draw on Daemon Voices ~ Pullman’s recently published book on storytelling as well as the influence on his writing of Blake, Milton and the Bible.

Philip Pullman’s talk will be accompanied by selected readings given by the actor Olivia Vinall (The Woman in White – BBC TV; Othello, King Lear Young Chekhov – National Theatre). The evening will open out into a Question & Answer session followed by the opportunity for the author to sign books.

The Annual Lecture will take place at 7pm on Thursday 31 May 2018 at St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

Tickets are £10 Members and £15 Non-members.

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17. February 2018 · Comments Off on Divine Madness · Categories: Society News

Divine Madness : The Visions of William Blake
Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 6 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
Composer Graham Treacher will be joined by leading Blake Scholar Jason Whittaker (Head of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln) to unpick Blake’s visionary texts Milton and Jerusalem and the process through which Treacher has translated these into music.
The evening will include a screening of the new multi-media work Divine Madness : The Visions of William Blake, first performed at King’s Place in the heart of Blake’s London in November 2016. Scored for Tenor solo (Charles Daniels), actor (Oliver Ford Davies) and six viols (Fretwork) with a background visual score by Robert Golden, the work tackles the complexities of Jerusalem using texts from Milton to make sense of Blake’s final and intriguing poem. It culminates in a new setting of And did those Feet in Ancient Time.
The evening will begin with an introduction to Jerusalem followed by the film of Divine Madness and a discussion between composer and scholar interrogating the interplay between music, image and poetry.
Blake Society Members and students: £4, non-members £6. Tickets from:

10. January 2018 · Comments Off on Film : The Vision of William Blake (1958) · Categories: Society News

Friday 12 January 2018 at 6 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
The AGM will be followed by a showing of the 1958 documentary film The Vision of William Blake by Oscar-winning documentarist Guy Brenton. It was produced by the British Film Institute’s Experimental Film Fund, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and readings of Blake’s poems by Bernard Miles and Robert Speaight.
‘The main intention of this film is not to examine the artistic achievement of William Blake, but to illustrate, by a comprehensive use of his books and pictures, the story of a spiritual journey, the theme of a man struggling to free his soul from the bondage he felt to be the state of man.’ – Monthly Film Bulletin
‘Blake’s flamelike bodies, writhing, strenuous, ecstatic, stream across the screen with a sense of movement beautifully liberated by the camera’s ability to prowl about a picture and detail after detail fastened upon in the terrifying enlargement of close-up remains obstinately bitten into the memory.’ – The Times.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the Blake Society will immediately precede this film.