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Zoamorphosis

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.
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.
From the Collection: Vaughan Williams’s Job a Masque
This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, among whose works was an important ballet inspired by William Blake's illustrations to the Book of Job.
Blakespotting: Peaky Blinders and William Blake
The latest series of Peaky Blinders is drawing upon William Blake’s vision of England.
Blakespotting: New Blake Designs from Alexander McQueen
Blake-inspired pieces by the British fashion house, Alexander McQueen, continue to be developed in 2022.
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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.
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Opposition,’ says William Blake, ‘is true friendship’. So opens the Foreword to Defence of the Devil by Eugene Halliday.
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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.