Blake in Lambeth

Blake in Lambeth

Illuminate your writing with this Blakean explosion of word, image and London walking.

Artist and poet Sophie Herxheimer, and Chris McCabe, poet and author of Real South Bank, have summoned the spirit of ‎William Blake to inspire new works combining text and art. This course builds on a previous two-days walking and printmaking course led by Chris and Sophie, only this time there is further opportunity to read more deeply into Blake’s poems, to write poetry in response to his ideas, and to consider collage as a visual form that captures the layered energies of London. Attendance of this previous course is not a requirement.

William Blake lived in Lambeth between 1790 and 1800, creating his original techniques for fusing poetry with painting and printing, later writing ‘from Lambeth we began our foundations, lovely Lambeth’. Herxheimer and McCabe will revisit these foundations with walks to Blakean sites to gather ideas and material for later work to be developed.

5 fortnightly sessions on Thursdays, 7pm – 9pm, starting 5th October.

More information about how all our face-to-face courses work can be found on the Face-to-Face courses page.

About Chris McCabe and Sophie Herxheimer View Profile

Chris McCabe is a poet, playwright and writer of prose. His poetry collections are The Hutton Inquiry (2005), Zeppelins (2008) THE RESTRUCTURE (2012, all with Salt Publishing) and Speculatrix (Penned in the Margins, 2014). He has recorded a CD with the Poetry Archive and had work in a number of anthologies, including The Best of British Poetry 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. His plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf (published by Penned in the Margins as a limited edition box) and Mudflats have been performed in London and Liverpool.

His creative non-fiction books, In the Catacombs: A Summer Among the Dead Poets of West Norwood Cemetery and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery are published by Penned in the Margins and Real South Bank with Seren. He works as the Poetry Librarian at The Saison Poetry Library, Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School.

Sophie Herxheimer is a London born artist and poet. She trained in painting at Camberwell and Chelsea. She’s held residencies for LIFT, Southbank Centre and Transport for London. Exhibitions include The Whitworth, The Poetry Library and The National Portrait Gallery. She has illustrated five fairy tale collections, made several artists books, created a 300 metre tablecloth to run the length of Southwark Bridge, featuring hand printed food stories from a thousand Londoners; narrated an episode of The Food Programme from Margate, made a life size concrete poem in the shape of Mrs Beeton sited next to her grave; and a pie big enough for seven drama students to jump out of singing, on the lawn of an old peoples’ home. Recent publications include The Listening Forest and The New Concrete. Sophie teaches and collaborates extensively.

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