The William Blake Congregation meeting 2010, 1pm, Sunday 28th November at Tate Britain. All welcome.

The William Blake Congregation was founded by Simon Miles, in 1986, to celebrate the life and vision of William Blake. It is an informal, open and egalitarian group who meet annually on 28th November in the Blake Room, Tate Britain, at 1pm — to celebrate his birthday with readings, poetry, song and fellowship, repairing afterwards to the nearest pub
The congregation also meets on Blake’s deathday, 12th August, at his grave in Bunhill Fields, East London. All are welcome, bring a poem or song to share.

A William Blake Birthday Celebration
The first Stroud Festival of Poetry, Music & Storytelling Come and revel in this unique evening Festival of living visionary poets, musicians and storytellers in the spirit of the great visionary poet William Blake, on his birthday. Hear some of Blake`s poems spoken and sung. A dynamic and uplifting line-up includes Incredible String Band founder Robin Williamson and Bina Williamson; performance poet laureate of Brick Lane, Stephen Micalef; Subterraneans front man Jude Rawlins; Kirsten Morrison; `Kings Cross laureate` Aidan Andrew Dun; Firesprings storytellers from Bath; Stroud’s own Phoenix trio (with didgeridoo and percussion); Rick Vick; Jeff Cloves, Dennis Gould and Adam Horovitz. There will be live drumming in the intervals to keep you on your toes!

The William Blake Birthday Book and cards of some pages will be on sale here.

Saturday 28 November 2009
Stroud Subscription Rooms
Tickets £13.50 (£10.00 concs & U16`s)
Box Office Tel:01453 760900
Book online

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Adrian Mitchell was one of the first to respond to our invitation to contribute to the William Blake Birthday Book, with his poem “William Blake says: Everything that Lives is Holy”

The original pages of The William Blake Birthday Book are on exhibition at the Royal United Hospital, Bath, until 22nd February 2009.

The work is in the main corridor (main entrance, through the atrium and turn left) and is open daily 8am to 6pm

Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG

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Transport info – Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo)
Bus: 3, 59, 159.
Live links:-

See comment for full details of performers.

“All that
we See is

A William Blake Celebration featuring:
Harry Eyres, John Gibbens and Armorel Weston, Stephen Micalef, Jude Rawlins, Jay Ramsay, Christopher Twigg

An evening of poetry, performance and songs celebrating the publication of The William Blake Birthday Book: a limited edition artists’ book published as a tribute to William Blake on his 250th anniversary.
Performances by contributors to the book plus an exhibition of the original artwork

Sunday 16th November 8.30pm £8 / £5 concs
Pentameters Theatre,
The Horseshoe, Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 6TE
Box office: 020 7435 3648
event info 07752 879 184

“All that we See is Vision”

Southbank Centre, St Paul’s Pavilion, Level 6 (above the Poetry Library) 2pm, Sunday 26th October, admission free

Michael Horovitz, Niall McDevitt and Liza Hayden, Stephen Micalef, John Gibbens and Armorel Weston, Paul Francis Cheetham, Helen Moore, Jude Rawlins, Rose Flint perform poetry and songs

This celebration of William Blake presents a multi-media event by poets, musicians and artists inspired by his continuing legacy in contemporary artforms. The participants are all contributors to the William Blake Birthday Book, which has acted as a focus to bring together this group of creative people.