Arts and Culture
Projects and Publications
VALA, The Journal of the Blake Society
A network dealing with the reception of William Blake
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A comprehensive guide to Blake's life and his written and artistic works
The Journal of The Blake Society
A magazine with articles, poems, stories and new art inspired by Blake
Blake Bites and more
A collection of videos about William Blake
Infant Joy: The early life of William Blake
William Blake was born on this day in Soho, London in 1757. This excerpt from Divine Images gives an account of his early life.
A Golden String: Susheela Raman and Guests
Some videos from a new project I am involved with Susheela Raman and Sam Mills.
“And all must love the human form”: Empire, London, and Islam in S.F. Said’s Tyger
While long influenced by William Blake, S.F. Said’s latest novel is his most Blakean yet.
Jerusalem and the Royals
With calls for Jerusalem to become the new national anthem, recent years show that it is unlikely to replace God Save the King.
The Satanic Verses and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Salman Rushdie has lived under the threat of violence for many years for his novel, The Satanic Verses, which was greatly influenced by William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
“Jerusalem” and the Commonwealth Games
Why do English athletes sing the Blake-Parry hymn "Jerusalem" at the Commonwealth Games? Can it represent a more diverse England?
Jez Butterworth’s Sons of Albion
Jez Butterworth's play, Jerusalem, has returned to London a decade after the original performance. This review explores how much the play owes to William Blake.
“Jerusalem” – A Personal History
With the publication of
Jerusalem: Blake, Parry and the Fight for Englishness
in a month's time, Jason Whittaker gives some of the reasons as to why he wrote about Blake's most famous poem.
Review: Fake Blakes
A new digital exhibition at The William Blake Archive shows us just how hard it can be to tell real from fake Blakes.
This collection of music reviews from pre-Covid shows a number of particularly innovative interpretations of Blake by Susheela Raman, Michael Price, and Jim Jarmusch.
- Jason Whittaker, Music reviews
Opposition,’ says William Blake, ‘is true friendship’. So opens the Foreword to Defence of the Devil by Eugene Halliday.
- Hephzibah Yohannan explores the Blakean writings of Eugene Halliday
For some commentators, it is this engagement with Blake which leads Maud into her deep obsession, but in truth Maud doesn't really understand Blake at all.
- Jason Whittaker, Visions of Saint Maud