07. August 2017 · Comments Off on Poetry at the Grave · Categories: Society News

The Transfiguration by William Blake c1800

Sunday 13 August 2017 at 12 Noon
Bunhill Fields, 38 City Road London EC1Y 1AU
Poetry at the Grave
We gather at Bunhill Fields at noon to mark the life of William Blake who died in August 1827 and was buried here.
By tradition people often read or share a favourite text.
Afterwards you are invited to repair to a local hostelry for lunch, coffee or conversation.

05. July 2017 · Comments Off on Visit to Blake’s Cottage · Categories: Society News

Saturday 8 July 2017 from 2 pm to 4 pm
Blake’s Cottage, I Blake’s Road, Felpham, West Sussex PO22 7EB

After four centuries as a private dwelling, Blake’s Cottage was purchased and placed into charitable ownership in 2015. So this summer’s day – the day of the Felpham Village Summer Fête which takes place in the Old Vicarage Gardens beside the Cottage – is a good time to see the 17th Century Cottage – a home where William Blake and his wife Catherine lived for three peaceful yet turbulent years between 1800 and 1803.
‘Beneath our thatched roof of rusted gold’ William and Catherine created some extraordinary works including the visionary encounter with Milton and the words we now sing as ‘Jerusalem’. It was here also that the violent events unfolded that led to his trial for sedition.
The Trustees of the Blake Cottage Trust will be present to show you the initial architectural sketches for the restoration of the Cottage and talk about the plans for its economic future and visionary purpose.

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.