A poetry and collage workshop in response to the world and work of William Blake.
The Practical Visionary is a collaged dialogue between Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe and their luminary inspiration, William Blake. It exists in book form in a new publication from Hercules Editions, and an exhibition in our very own Poetry Cafe (17 September to 27 October 2018).
The project, both as book and exhibition, was begun by exchanging imaginary letters between Blake and the Citizens of London, and evolved through photographing timeless and fleeting details on Lambeth streets, to create 21st-century visions parallel to Blake’s mythology. Puddles become a lake where Blake heard the wailing of unborn souls, and the centre of a wheel becomes the eye of Urizen, the personification of reason. These images are spliced together and expanded with glimpses of borrowed words and pages from a giant bible and a tiny nonconformist self-help book salvaged from a skip.
In Herxheimer and McCabe’s creative response to the work of this country’s most imaginative artist / poet, The Practical Visionary moves freely between Blake’s world and ours, demonstrating why his voice is a powerful and necessary as ever.
Sophie and Chris have devised a workshop with you and Blake at its heart. Building on Blake’s vision of London you will have the chance to explore how this relates to current London and to your own mythology. Original materials that Herxheimer and McCabe used to make The Practical Visionary will be made available and you will take away a mini poetry collage book made during the workshop.
The workshop will take place in the Poetry Society Studio, which is up one flight of stairs.
All materials included in the workshop fee.