06. December 2011 · Comments Off on ORC : Revolution and Creativity in William Blake · Categories: Society News

3pm on Tuesday 13 December 2011

Tent City University, The Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD

Blake famously wrote ‘I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Mans’.  This event looks at Orc, Blake’s figure of Revolution, and how creativity is inextricably bound up with personal and social change. An artist’s vision can ignite – and indeed change – the world!  The talk takes the form of a conversation between the poet Jeremy Reed, author of over 40 books, and the Chair of the Blake Society.

Blake’s Orc, rebellion in the material world, is imagination set on fire, creative and destructive at the same time – a burning flame that ends up consuming itself. The world has seen him incarnate in many artists – Rimbaud, Jim Morrison, Jean Genet, Brian Jones, Billie Holiday … who have offered themselves in immolation to demonstrate that beauty is fiery.

Jeremy Reed was born on a chip of rock off the French Normandy coast and on coming to live in London in the 1980s was offered patronage by the artist Francis Bacon and friendship by the Blake scholar and poet Kathleen Raine.

He has published over 40 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, winning prestigious literary prizes beginning with the Somerset Maugham Award. His fans have included J.G. Ballard, Pete Doherty and Bjork who has called his work ‘the most beautiful, outrageously brilliant poetry in the world.’ Jeremy writes about every subject that British poetry considers taboo : glamour, pop, rock, sci-fi, cyber, mutant, gay, drugs, neuroscientific, the disaffected and outlawed, and the fizzy big city chemistry of the London in which he lives and creates.

The tent is small, so come early and we will also endeavour to record the event on film to be edited later and shared with our membership.

For more information please see Tent City University


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