Wed 8th, Thurs 9th, Fri 10th
The Glastonbury
William Blake Festival

An exciting new three-day festival for Glastonbury 2018 to celebrate the life and work of visionary British artist, poet and printmaker, William Blake.

Events will include discussion on how the 60’s Beat Poets were influenced by Blake’s incredible art and poetry and will explore their connections with Glastonbury.

Here are the specific details for each day of the festival:

Wed 8th August: Poetry and Performance in and around Glastonbury High Street.

The festival will open with a warm welcome from Glastonbury’s Town Crier, David Greenway, and an opening reading by celebrated Glastonbury author Paul Weston in the Abbey Grounds on the Wednesday morning.

Between 5pm and 7pm on Wednesday 8th, Gfm Radio will feature live poetry readings, song and interviews with some of the artists involved with the festival. / 107.1fm local fm frequency.

Thurs 9th: ‘William Blake and the Glastonbury Gnosis‘.

Book Launch and Paul Weston Lecture at Glastonbury Town Hall, 7.30pm Рapprox. 9.15pm. £5 on the door.
Fri 10th: A delightful community evening of music and poetry performance. The venue is The King Arthur Pub, Benedict Street, and the evening will feature a variety of highly talented local musicians and poets with invitation to those from further afield to apply in advance to become involved.
The celebrations of this three day event include the invitation to the local community and wider communites to join in with the honouring of William Blake’s contribution in art and literature to the world and the inspiration that has evolved from his gift to us all over centuries.
Please note:
Both professionals and non-professionals will be included. It may even be an opportunity for your first ever public performance in a fun setting!
The main area of opportunity for performance will be on Wednesday 8th during the daytime. There may be some spaces available on the Friday evening.
Each person who would like to perform to please submit their chosen piece of Blake poetry  plus your name and contact details to either the Glastonbury William Blake facebook event or you can email
The event is listed on facebook here:
Submissions will be accepted on a first come basis so the sooner that you let us know you would like to be involved the better.

If you submit a poem already taken you will be offered the opportunity to choose another.

We would also very much welcome contributions and support from Glastonbury artists. If you are an artist or would like to be, please contact us! We would love some Blake-inspired art work to hang in the venues and on the High Street.

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