Coming Up

This page gives information on new activities about William Blake. If you know of events, forthcoming books, films or media coverage, or other activities in the coming months that we should feature here, please do let us know through the Contact page.

NB: Events are listed here as we become aware of them (the most recent discoveries at the top), not in their date order. Once an event has occurred, we place it in A Blakean Archive. If you went to one of these events, why not use our Contact page to offer us a Finding Blake post about it? 

The Blake Society AGM and Special Lecture
19th January, London

The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a special lecture by the Vice President of the Blake Society, Dr Keri Davies. 

Dr Keri Davies, an independent scholar, will talk about the rise of Inoculation, the work of Blake’s contemporary Edward Jenner, the impact of Smallpox in 18th century London that was killing 20% of the urban population, and the common sense of Catherine The Great of Russia who wrote in a letter Inoculation should be common everywhere. All this being a preamble that leads to Blake.
William Blake - Burning Bright with Ruth Rosen
27th January, Hampstead, London

Ruth Rosen brings her spellbinding 'Burning Bright' on William Blake to the Keats Community Library. Using only Blake’s own words – from his letters, poems and prose – leading poetry and prose performer Ruth Rosen takes us on an inspiring, moving and sometimes startling journey through the extraordinary mind of Blake’s visionary genius. 
Romantics, Pre-Raphaelites and Fairies: from William Blake to E.R. Hughes
26th March 2022, St Albans

This special study day at St Albans Cathedral will explore the genre of fairy painting in Victorian Art. Charting the development of fairy painting from Romanticism through to Symbolism, three distinguished speakers will examine how artists depicted fairies in their work and what such fairies meant for their work: Dr. Carol Jacobi, Curator of British Art (1850-1915) at Tate Britain; Professor Geraint John, Emeritus President of St Albans Civic Society; Professor Tim Boatswain, Professor of Anthropology and History.

 Art of the Victorian age was fascinated with fairies and themes of the supernatural. Across three lectures, we will examine this fascination and chart the development of the genre from its origins in the theatre and literature of Romanticism, right through to the metaphorical powers it held in the art of Symbolism, particularly the radical Pre-Raphaelite circle.