27. November 2014 · Comments Off on It’s William Blake’s Birthday : Can You Text with your Toes ? · Categories: Society News

This Friday, 28 November is William Blake’s birthday and we’re organising a surprise present.

To say Happy Birthday to Mr Blake, please ask everyone you know to donate £1 by texting FEET11 £1 to 70070 from a UK mobile phone (or you can make a more generous donation by giving £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10 eg texting FEET11 £4 to 70070 donates 4 pounds).

The funds will be used to buy Blake’s Cottage on the Sussex coast where he wrote the words for our national anthem Jerusalem : And Did Those Feet …

Blake’s Cottage – one of only two surviving buildings where Blake lived – will become a home for artists, authors, thinkers, and anyone who shares with Blake a belief that Imagination is Britain’s gift and duty to the world.

Blake’s influence on the arts, poetry and creativity reverberates around the globe today. Yet 257 years after his birth, he still does not have a home in ‘England’s green and pleasant land’.

We aim to change that by creating a home for Blake, for visitors young & old, for everyone in the world who believes in the primacy of the Imagination – The Only Nation Is The Imagination!

So what better way to celebrate Blake’s birthday than to push ajar the door to his Cottage? We have already raised £93,000, so kick open the door a little more with your FEET11 £1   The phone operators generously give on the whole amount of your gift to the Cottage – a registered charity – without deduction.

So on Blake’s birthday help us open a Visionary Home where we can inspire the pitter patter of little feet through the fire of chariots, the arrows of desire, and the banishment of dark satanic mills.

If everyone who has ever sung Jerusalem were to give just one pound, then we could buy the Cottage, and pay off the national debt too …

Text ! And the Doors of Perception will open !

Blake Cottage

Cottage in Blake's Milton

For more information please see www.BlakeCottage.org

William Blake (1757-1827) poet, artist, engraver and prophet lived in nine houses during his lifetime of which only 2 survive: a Georgian townhouse in the centre of London and a cottage in the village of Felpham on the Sussex Coast. It was in this Cottage that Blake wrote the words for the hymn Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet …) set to music by Hubert Parry, which has become an alternative national anthem.

The Blake Society is a registered charity No 1106130

Tim Heath, Chair of the Blake Society, chair@blakesociety.org 079 106 73 114

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