Welcome to our growing archive of Finding Blake blog posts. Like the films we are making, our posts are about giving voice to people from all sorts of creative fields who want to share ideas, views and inspiration around the relevance of William Blake today.
In other parts of A Blakean Archive, you can keep up with:
- Finding Blake’s films – interviews with poets, artists, scholars and many others about their relationship with Blake, the making and siting of Blake’s new gravestone, and more.
- Information that comes our way from other sources, including: past Blake-themed events; features, blog posts and other articles; details of books, music, films and other artefacts exploring or inspired by William Blake.
Want to write a post for us about the inspiration you find in William Blake’s work, or in work that others are doing inspired by him? Use the Contact page to let us know.
Finding Blake welcomes back artist, musician, illustrator, songwriter and poet Salli Hipkiss, with a new poem – Another Jerusalem – and her account of the inspiration for this work in dream, and in the work and wisdom of Blake and other thinkers and writers. 16th July 2018
We're excited to welcome another new voice to Finding Blake. James Fox shares the story of his accidental discovery of William Blake and, through his works, the key to a treasure that is a vision of the future - of humanity at home in the world. 9th July 2018
Finding Blake's creator and film maker James Murray-White has been following the careful and painstaking process of creating the new gravestone for William Blake's final resting place. Here he reports on the moment as the final letter is cut and stone nears completion under the hands of Lida Kindersley. 4th July 2018
To accompany last week's reading of The Tyger by Matt Ray Brown, artist Linda Richardson shares her experience working with Year 4 pupils to bring to life their responses to the poem. This classic poem from William Blake the storyteller never fails to engage the imagination! 29th June 2018
For the fourth of our readings from Blake's poems, actor Matt Ray Brown performs The Little Black Boy. Our recording of this poem from The Songs of innocence and Experience was filmed by Finding Blake's Jonnie Howard at Blake's South Molton Street home. 26th June 2018
The third in our exclusive series of actor Matt Ray Brown reading William Blake's poems is The Tyger - perhaps the most famous of Blake's poems, alongside the 'hymn' version of Jerusalem. As with the other sessions in this series, filmed by Finding Blake's Jonnie Howard, Matt was performing The Tyger in Blake's flat at South Moton Street in London, adding an extra magic to these films. 18th June 2018
Finding Blake's James Murray-White says "It has been a wonderful journey to be closely involved with the production of this new gravestone honouring William Blake, and it is only part way through! It is an intricate, intimate knowledge of a process. I’m filming it, and I hope I can also convey the pleasure I’m having in visiting once a week or so, talking and listening through each stage, and recording it, and making short clips to illustrate it." 16th June 2018
We continue our special series of exclusive readings of some of Blake's poems. Like the others, this video of actor Matt Ray Brown reading The Human Abstract - filmed by Finding Blake's Jonnie Howard - was recorded in William and Catherine Blake's South Molton Street home in London. 12th June 2018
Niall McDevitt is a walking artist who specialises in the revolutionary poets of London, particularly Blake, Rimbaud, Shakespeare and Yeats. Who better, then, for Finding Blake to ask to share a post with us on finding William Blake on the streets? 7th June 2018
This month Finding Blake launches a series of eight short video posts featuring readings of some of Blake's poems. We start the series with Matt's powerful reading of Jerusalam, Blake's most famous poem. We took actor Matt Ray Brown to London to film him reading these in Blake's flat in South Molton Street. In this exclusive series, filmed and sound recorded by Finding Blake's Jonnie Howard, we showcase eight pieces - some well known, some not so well known - and delight in that they are being read probably in the very place they were written! 5th June 2018
James Murray-White reflects on the enduring, but shifting, resonance of Blake's famous lines on Jerusalem for visions of 'England's green and pleasant land.' His choice of this iconic poem also introduces the launch of Finding Blake's series of powerful readings of this and other Blake poems, which we recorded in Blake's house in South Molton Street, London. 1st June 2018
Finding Blake is delighted to welcome artist, musician, illustrator, songwriter & poet Salli Hipkiss, who has very generously offered a poem. Modest Things brings her life-long love of William Blake to her growing concern with the problems of climate change and other environmental threats to human and other life. 24th May 2018
Our latest contributing author, storyteller, writer and educator - Marion Leeper reflects on her childhood, teenage and adult encounters with William Blake through two of his paired poems from Songs of Innocence and of Experience. 17th May 2018
Artist Linda Richardson describes a recent Finding Blake visit to the workshop where William Blake's new headstone is being created by a master of the craft. "I recently had the great privilege of visiting Lida Cardozo Kindersley. She had begun to lay out the words on the Blake stone and James had come to film the process." 14th May 2018
In this post, Finding Blake founder James Murray-White shares some of his encounters with William Blake, from childhood up to the present, including the recent Blake in Sussex exhibition at Petworth House. 8th May 2018
In the first of our series of posts by Finding Blake's contributing writers, artists and scholars, poet Clare Crossman reflects on William Blake's poem London, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience. 29th April 2018
To launch our new page of Finding Blake films - part of A Blakean Archive - and as the first of a series of mini-posts on the growing library of films we're producing for the project, here is a short clip of Testament talking to James Murray-White in London, the city that was home to Blake for almost all his life. 17th April 2018
For the launch of Finding Blake on a day which is coincidentally both Easter Sunday and April Fool's Day, artist Linda Richardson considers the need for William Blake today - the "strange, startling and deeply unsettling" figure who "saw the human inclination we have to limit our lives" and urges us to wake up. 1st April 2018
To kick off our new Finding Blake website, project creator James Murray-White reflects on what inspired him to create the project and invite others to join him in celebrating the vision of William Blake, a uniquely British radical. 1st April 2018