The Swedenborg Society and the Blake Society present the launch of a new artist’s book and print series, with accompanying talk and display.
Free admission. The event will be held at Swedenborg Hall, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH and will be live-streamed via Zoom. Please book your place at Swedenborg Hall or online below.
.Celebrating the launch of her new Blake-inspired artist’s book and series of prints, Ah! Sunflower!, this evening will see artist and printmaker Linda Landers in conversation with leading independent Blake scholar Keri Davies.
Linda has long had a close connection with the work of William Blake, drawing inspiration from his poetry to develop her own series of engravings, prints and fine press books. Linda will introduce the audience to her work, accompanied by a slideshow of imagery as well as physical displays of her artworks and books in the very apt surroundings of Swedenborg House’s Grade II-listed neoclassical Hall and Wynter Room. In conversation with Blake scholar and historian, Keri Davies, Linda will look at how Blake has influenced her practice, in particular the Songs of Innocence and Experience—are these songs merely nursery rhymes or a unique tool to inform, to teach or to elevate consciousness?
There will also be a short performance written by Linda, with actor Simon Brandon as William Blake and Linda Landers as Catherine.
Keri Davies, B.Sc., A.R.C.S., Ph.D., is Vice-President of the Blake Society and an Honorary Visiting Fellow of Nottingham Trent University. An independent scholar, he has written much on William Blake’s parents (particularly his mother’s links to the Moravian Church), and on the social and intellectual milieu of early Blake collectors, and other friends and acquaintances of the painter-poet. Keri’s work has been published in important anthologies such as Blake, Gender and Culture, ed. Tristanne Connolly & Helen Bruder (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2012); Re-envisioning Blake, ed. Mark Crosby, Troy Patenaude and Angus Whitehead (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and William Blake in Twentieth-Century Art, Music and Culture, ed. Steve Clark, Tristanne Connolly and Jason Whittaker (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). The Swedenborg Society has published Keri Davies’s work in Philosophy, Literature, Mysticism: an anthology of essays on the thought and influence of Emanuel Swedenborg, ed. Stephen McNeilly (2013) and Keri reviewed The Arms of Morpheus: Essays on Swedenborg and Mysticism, ed. Stephen McNeilly (2007) for the British Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies in 2009.