The Naked Tea Party

The latest edition of the poetry and writing journal Ekleksographia ( is a guest issue edited by Philip Davenport and entitled “William Blake and the Naked Tea Party”. The special edition, which went online with a live writing event by Sarah Sanders on 15 March, concentrates on the haptic nature of writing (especially handwriting), and the handmade nature of certain modes of communicating. As such, in the words of the editor, it owes a debt to outsider art and alternative traditions of poetics with “an IOU all the way back to Will Blake, he and the Mrs sitting on the lawn in London afternoons, naked, drinking tea”.

Contributions include essays by Kirstie Gregory, Holly Pester, Maggie O’Sullivan and Bob Cobbing, as well as examples of such handmade poetics by Sean Bonney, Tony Lopez, Geraldine Monk and David Tibet.

Philip Davenport also runs Applepie Editions, a “lab” for art objects, music, prints and books, and Davenport specialises in poems made from daily situations such as journalism, porn, txt messages and overheard voices. You can visit William Blake and the Naked Tea Party at

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