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 Blake poetry recital by celebrated Glastonbury author Paul Weston beside Arthur’s tomb in the choir area of the Abbey Grounds on the Wednesday morning at 11.30am. (free to Abbey members otherwise usual Abbey entry applies).
At The Market Cross from 1pm until 3pm, further Blake poetry readings, prose and songs set to Blake’s words by our local community. (free/donations welcome).
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. www.glastonburyfm.co.uk / 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 – approx. 9.15pm. £5 on the door.
Fri 10th: A delightful community evening of music and poetry performance.
Blake Poems Brought To Life will be performed by The His & Hers Theatre Company at The Library of Avalon between 5pm and 6.30pm (free/donations welcome) and then from 8pm onwards, an evening of unique music and song in a variety of styles set to Blake’s poetry, featuring talented local musicians and poets with invitation to those from further afield to apply in advance to become involved. The venue is The King Arthur Pub, Benedict Street. Entry is just £5 on the door.
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.
Both professionals and non-professionals will be included. It may even be an opportunity for your first ever public performance!
The main area of opportunity for performance still available is on Wednesday 8th during the daytime. There may be some spaces available on the Friday evening. Please enquire.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.