Zoamorphosis updates: June 2010

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Top articles of the month:

Blake news for June included the publication of a new edition of Visions of the Daughters of Albion on the Blake Archive, as well as details of art exhibitions during the Summer and two forthcoming events in July.

Articles in Arts and Culture included two pieces by Keri Davies on composers inspired by Blake, Cornelius Cardew and John Sykes, as well as an article offering detailed notes on the new Blake prints due to go on display at Tate Britain. Some pop-culture posts included links to musings on the character of Lucas North from the BBC drama Spooks, who has a Blakean tattoo on his chest, and reflections on the end-of-millennium influence of Blake on the band Blur.

June also saw a review of W. C. Bamberger’s novel, On the Backstretch, influenced by Joyce Cary’s The Horse’s Mouth.

Podcasts of the month

New in June 2010:

A reading of two of Blake’s poems from Songs of Experience, “The Garden of Love” and “The Sick Rose”.

You can subscribe to podcasts on the William Blake Channel on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/william-blake-channel/id355543235.

Burning Bright: two events in July

As well as a number of Blake displays and exhibitions currently on show for the Summer (see Blakean Summer Shows for more information), two events are taking place next month in the UK that will be of interest to Blake followers.

The first is Burning Bright in Concert, organised by the Blake Society. Tymon Dogg has set seventeen of William Blake’s poems to music?and will perform a selection of these on July 6, 6.30-8.00 pm at the City of Westminster Archives Centre. A singer-songwriter for more than 40 years, he has worked with artists as varied as The Clash and The Moody Blues. He is currently working with Susan de Muth, who has directed several theatre pieces including?‘The Greatest Ever dada Show’, to create a theatrical spectacle based on the songs.

Also, a reminder that St Aldgate’s Church, Oxford will host a two-day conference on Blake, Gender and Sexuality in the Twenty-First Century on July 15-16. The conference will explore present and future directions opened up since publication of Irene Taylor’s “The Woman Scaly”, exploring how critics have wrestled and struggled with, delighted in and savoured, Blake’s provocative and abundant sexual visions. The event will celebrate and build upon past knowledge as it reaches toward likely concerns of the future.