William Blake’s Manuscripts: A One-Day Symposium

BlakesManuscriptsSymposiumThe schedule has now been set and registration is open for William Blake’s Manuscripts: A One-Day Symposium. This symposium will be held at the Huntington Library on June 7th, 2013, and the list of Blake luminaries speaking include (in alphabetical order) Luisa Calé, Mark Crosby, Morris Eaves, Alexander Gourlay, Steve Hindle, Rachel Lee, Joseph Viscomi, Angus Whitehead, and John Windle. Attendance costs $31.50 and includes lunch, introductory remarks, two plenary sessions, two panels, and closing remarks by Mark Crosby (lunch is optional: conference registration alone is $15.00 and free for students). I would encourage anyone interested in Blake and able to travel to San Marino, California in June to take advantage of this opportunity.

Blake Around the Web, February 2012

This is the first in a series of short updates that feature links to recent stories, lectures, news, and other mentions of William Blake on the web.

Submissions invited for second Blake Society Tithe Grant

The Blake Society has announced its Tithe Grant for 2010.

The aim of the grant, launched last year, is to further Blake’s vision. The award for 2011 will be £609.10.

Applications are not restricted to Blake Society members, although applicants will need to provide a letter (250 words) explaining why the funding is needed and how it will be used. The only condition of acceptance is that the recipient is to provide an account of his or her project for publication in a future issue of the Blake Journal.

Applications will be accepted until July 30, 2011, and should be sent via email or post (full contact details are provided at http://www.blakesociety.org/250-projects/blake-society-tithe-grant-application-form/). In the event of a large number of applications, two references may be sought to provide information on the applicant’s perseverance and experience. The recipient will be announced in late September or early October 2011.

Zoamorphosis Updates: February – April 2011

While there have been several new additions to the Zoamorphosis site, I’ve fallen behind a little with this newsletter. As such, this one will bring everything up to date for February-April 2011.

News

In the news, February saw the opening of a new display at Tate Britain, Watercolour, which includes several works by Blake and looks at the impact of this medium over 800 years. Also in the art world, a display of Blake’s works curated by John Frame at the Huntington Gallery, Born to Endless Night, accompanies an exhibition of his own sculpture and writing, much of it inspired by the Romantic poet and artist. At the end of March, a series of New Testament watercolours was added to the Blake Archive, and in April there was a round up of new exhibits and performances, including the opening of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem to rave reviews on Broadway and a new play by Mickle Maher, There is a Happiness that Morning is, which uses Blake’s poetry to explore sexual relations between two academics.

New reviews and articles.

The sole review during this period is a two-hander, covering two musical releases by Fernand Péna and Guy Pearson, both of them extremely talented and wonderful musicians who approach Blake’s poetry from completely different angles – one rock, the other classical.

In Arts and Culture, there were articles by Jason Whittaker on a new BBC series, Outcasts, which made use of Blake’s “The Tyger”, as well as the comic “My Pretty Rose Tree” by Jason Franks and Luke Pickett, and some observations on the use of the hymn “Jerusalem” at the Royal Wedding. Roger Whitson contributed two excellent articles on Mike Carey’s series The Unwritten and an extremely thoughtful piece on the appearance of Blake in various forms of paraphernalia as the new phenomenon of Blakesy.

We also welcome two new contributors to Zoamorphosis. Tristanne Connolly provided two extremely authoritative pieces on Blake and Jim Morrison: L.A. Woman, A City Yet a Woman, and some answers to the question of how much Morrison knew of Blake’s work. Finally, Tom Mayberry provided an overview of his Blake-inspired work at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

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