Readings from I Am Not Who You Think I Am
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Readings from I Am Not Who You Think I Am

  • Word On The Water - The London Bookbarge (map)
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Join us by the canal for an evening of performances on Word On The Water: The London Bookbarge. Featuring performances by poets from a range of backgrounds who have been working on I Am Not Who You Think I Am - a forthcoming collection of poems and prose poems by people who have experienced homelessness. Presented by New River Press, Crisis, and Miranda Gold. Free, but donations to support the project accepted at event. Facebook event here.

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Central: William Blake in W1
Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Central: William Blake in W1

  • 34 S Molton St England, W1K 5RG United Kingdom (map)
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Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The first is Central: William Blake in W1. This walk takes us through much of the London timeline of William Blake, including the site of his birth as well as the one surviving Georgian townhouse where Blake actually lived. McDevitt identifies - street by street - the places where Blake wrote Songs of Innocence, the C of E church where his non-conformist parents were forced to marry, and the Leicester Square scene of the honeymoon with his illiterate but beautiful wife Catherine. Blake appears and reappears in the coffeeshops, beauticians, and bookies of today!

'I write in South Molton Street what I both see and hear'.

Meeting point: The junction of Oxford Street and South Molton Street. 1pm-3.30pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.

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East: A William Blake + Wat Tyler walk
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

East: A William Blake + Wat Tyler walk

Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The second is East: A William Blake /Wat Tyler Walk. This walk begins at the site of Blake's much mythologised death in the disappeared street of Fountain Row and finishes at the site of Blake's burial in the dissenters' graveyard at Bunhill Fields. En route it passes through historic sites associated with the Peasant's Revolt of 1381 and the Gordon Riots of 1780, the latter of which was the major popular insurgency of Blake's lifetime. Though Blake himself was caught up in the Gordon Riots more by accident than design, he was sympathetic to the idea of popular revolt and later drew a portrait of Wat Tyler as one of his 'Visionary Heads' series circa 1818.

'Then Old Nobodaddy aloft / Farted and belched and coughed / And said I love hanging and drawing and quartering / Every bit as well as war and slaughtering'

Meeting point: Savoy Hotel (front entrance, off Strand). 1pm-3.30pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.

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South: A William Blake + Arthur Rimbaud walk
Nov
17
1:00 PM13:00

South: A William Blake + Arthur Rimbaud walk

Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The third is South: A William Blake / Arthur Rimbaud Walk. This walk brilliantly combines an exploration of Arthur Rimbaud's Waterloo alongside William Blake's Lambeth, passing through the fragments of Georgian and Victorian London that still remain to bear witness. Rimbaud lived in Waterloo in 1874, while Blake had been a longterm resident of North Lambeth from 1790-1800. Though it's not known if Rimbaud had read or even heard of Blake, McDevitt offers a unique and plausible account of how he might easily have done so - as well as masterfully comparing Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and Rimbaud's A Season in Hell as apocalyptic prose poems.


'As I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity...'

Meeting point: Blackfriars Bridge (southern end). 1pm-3.30pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.

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North: William Blake and the Visionary Poets Of Hampstead
Nov
24
1:00 PM13:00

North: William Blake and the Visionary Poets Of Hampstead

Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The forth is North: William Blake and the Visionary Poets of Hampstead. Though William Bake never lived in Hampstead, he had a lifelong association with the area and was even offered a rent free home there in his final years, which he agonisedly turned down. McDevitt traces the exemplary friendship between Blake and his enlightened patron John Linnell, as well as discussing Blake in a pantheon of great mystical poets all of whom passed though Hampstead during the Romantic and Modernist eras. This eco-immersive walk will finish with a stroll across the heath to find one of the least known but most intellectually historic homes in London, Wyldes Farm in North End.

'Because I was happy upon the heath, / And smiled among the winter's snow, / They clothed me in the clothes of death, / And taught me to sing the notes of woe.'

Meeting point: Hampstead Station. 1pm-3.30pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.

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West: Jerusalem's Pillars - a Blake walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

West: Jerusalem's Pillars - a Blake walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill

  • Marble Arch England, W1H 7EJ United Kingdom (map)
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Coinciding with the major Tate Britain William Blake exhibition (September ‘19 - February ‘20), Niall McDevitt will lead five William Blake ‘wandering lectures’ in North, South, East, West, and Central London. The final walk is West: Jerusalem's Pillars - a Blake walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill. As well as exploring the sites where Blake lived, worked and studied, the series also explores site that Blake mythologised in his poetry and art. The single most important of those sites to the mature Blake was Tyburn, site of public executions from 1196-1783. McDevitt also locates the fascinating site of his wife Catherine Blake's widowhood and tells the horrifying story of what happened to Blake's manuscripts and copperplates after her death. The walk culminates at the bardic site of Primrose Hill with its wonderful monument to Blake's conversation with 'the Spiritual Sun'. En route McDevitt will try to pinpoint the visionary site of Jerusalem's pillars, tracing it to a childhood memory of visiting The Jews Harp Tavern


THE FIELDS from Islington to Marybone,
To Primrose Hill and Saint John’s Wood,
Were builded over with pillars of gold;
And there Jerusalem’s pillars stood.

Meeting point: Under Marble Arch (the arch itself, not the station!). 1pm-4pm. £10. Tickets here. Or you can buy all five walks for the price of three! Discounted multi buy here.

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NRP Poetry Night at House Of Books! Whentheystarttoloveyouasamachine...
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

NRP Poetry Night at House Of Books! Whentheystarttoloveyouasamachine...

Join us for an night of POETRY and music at North London's widely loved independent book shop, House of Books. We'll have excellent books for sale and performances from New River poets including Ana Sefer, Niall McDevitt, Ithamar Handelman-Smith, Sophie Naufal, Heathcote Ruthven, and Evelyn Enescu. Plus special guest Gboyega Odubanjo! A wonderful poet whose recently pamphlet While I Yet Live was published this year with Bad Betty Press. There will also be readings from poetry collections by Heathcote Williams, Robert Lundquist, as well as from the anthologies Smear: Poems For Girls, and the New River Press 2019 poetry yearbook WHEN THEY START TO LOVE YOU AS A MACHINE YOU SHOULD RUN. Come and spend a special night with us. Facebook event here.

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Greta Bellamacina with poets from New River Press
Sep
10
7:00 PM19:00

Greta Bellamacina with poets from New River Press

Join us for an evening of countercultural poetry as Greta Bellamacina launches Poemas (2015-2018), her latest collection, published in a bilingual (English/Spanish) edition by Valpaaíso. She will be joined by poets from New River Press reading from current and forthcoming releases, including Robert Montgomery, Niall McDevitt, Brit Parks, Sophie Naufal, and Heathcote Ruthven.

Link on Shakespeare and Co website here.

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I'm Not Who You Think I Am
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

I'm Not Who You Think I Am

Crisis, Miranda Gold, and New River Press present I'm Not Who You Think I Am, an evening of performances celebrating poets who have experienced homelessness, by poets from a range of backgrounds. This evening will be a soft launch for a forthcoming poetry project working with poets who've experienced homelessness and exploring the homeless experience more generally. Donations towards the project gratefully accepted. All welcome. Join us at the Crisis Cafe on 11th July, 6 till 9pm. Please register on the Eventbrite link here. Facebook event link here

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Launch: Robert Lundquist - After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Launch: Robert Lundquist - After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street)

New River Press is extremely proud to present the London launch of cult US poet Robert Lundquist's collection of poetry After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street). Lundquist’s poetry is full of a longing to heal and a longing to be healed. Broken romances, addicts, neglected children. His central theme is suffering; how we suffer and the ways in which we experience it. Destitute characters cry out through hallucinatory flowers and insects and ice cubes. Far from hard nosed noir, these voices are cradled softly. Abstract images resist order and build an immersive world that is wholly original. It is almost spiritual, though more intimate than doctrinal. He builds an idiosyncratic surrealism through wild experiments with form inspired by Paul Celan, John Ashbery, and Federico García Lorca. Repetitions and half rhymes drum up strange hymns, and power a tension between overwhelm and control that drives the work into a state of ecstatic compassion. Through he has been published in The Paris Review, The Nation, Raymond Carver's Magazine Quarry West, this is Lundquist's first full length collection of poetry. It contains a lifetime of work previously only available in magazine archives, anthologies, and out-of-print chapbooks. This is rare occasion to see a lost genius perform at the wonderful Housman's Books in Kings Cross, London. He will be welcomed to London with performances from poets Greta Bellamacina, Robert Montgomery, and Ana Seferovic, and haunting melodies from songwriter Sophie Naufal. Friday, 5 July 2019 from 19:00-21:00 at Housmans Books, 5 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX. £3 on door (redeemable against a book purchase). Facebook link here.

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The American Voice Returns: Lundquist and poets in Berlin
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

The American Voice Returns: Lundquist and poets in Berlin

Mainoeuvre gallery and New River Press present: THE AMERICAN VOICE RETURNS. A night of haunting, beautiful, and love-fuelled poetry, music, and discussion. Cult LA poet Robert Lundquist makes a rare visit to Berlin to read from his collection After Mozart (Heroin On 5th Street). Robert returns for the first time in over 50 years to Berlin, the origin city of a woman who saved his life, his grandmother Hildegard von Eckartsberg. She endured a bizarre and harrowing life with kindness, and Robert dedicates this reading to her. He writes "It just means so much to read in Berlin because of how proud my grandmother would be. And without her I would most likely be in and out of jail. It was her love that saved me, I am sure of this.” His return is welcomed with performances from some of Berlin's finest contemporary poets: Tzveta Sofronieva, Alexandru Bulucz, Martin Jankowski, Rumiana Ebert, Sophia Alexandra, and Charles Simmonds. Featuring music by Sophie Naufal. Please join us on this intimate and historic evening at the brilliant Manoeuvre gallery. There will be home-cooked food provided and nice wine sold for cheap. This event is free. Doors at 7pm. Poetry and music 8-10pm. Manoeuvre gallery (Schöneberg). Meraner Str. 10, 10825. Facebook event here.

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Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Poetry walk: The Death Warrant of Kyd and Marlowe

The events of 1593 are uniquely awful in the history of English literature. Though the year began well for Christopher Marlowe with a new play The Massacre at Paris debuting at The Rose, his nemesis was approaching. Thomas Kyd, a former friend and roommate of Marlowe’s, author of the influential revenge drama The Spanish Tragedy, was enjoying his sixth year in service to an unknown aristocrat, possibly the Earl of Sussex or the Earl of Derby. He would soon lose his post, his liberty and his reputation. Plague returned, shutting the London theatres, and natives were becoming increasingly resentful of the few thousand French, Belgian and Dutch immigrants who were resident in the city. On May 5, a 53-line piece of racist doggerel was fixed on the door of the Dutch Church at Austin Friars. The unknown author signed it ‘Tamberlaine’. This was to be the death warrant of the two greatest poet-playwrights before Shakespeare. Poet, walking artist and psychohistorian Niall McDevitt tells the story of how the Elizabethan ‘police state’ tortured and - arguably - murdered Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe. Sun 23 Jun meeting at Blackfriars station (north bank) at 2pm. The walk will last approximately two and a half hours. £10. Facebook event here.

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Stokey Lit Fest:  A GALA OF DESPERATE HOPE
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Stokey Lit Fest: A GALA OF DESPERATE HOPE

Our time at Mascara Bar last year at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival is burned into our memories as a time of ecstatic joy. Come and join New River Press and Jan Noble again this year to stamp around Stamford Hill's late night utopia. Stretch out the bright summer night with poems and dancing. Sit at tables with small cheap beers chatting. Fill the city with wild warmth. Facebook Link here.

7PM: DOORS. 8PM: JAN NOBLE PERFORMS POETIC MONOLOGUE 'BODY 115': "A Dantesque investigation into the identification of the unnamed victim of the Kings Cross fire and the third in a trilogy of journey works (after My Name Is Swan and Reynard) launched at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival." 9PM: NEW RIVER PRESS PRESENTS A GALA OF DESPERATE HOPE. SHARP MAGNIFICENT INTERVENTIONS FROM: Jeremy Reed, Kirsten Norrie, Greta Bellamacina, Robert Montgomery, Ana Seferovic, Niall McDevitt, Zia Ahmed, Golnoosh Nour, Kostya Tsolákis, Sophie Naufal, Jamie Lee, and Magdalene Forès. 11PM-3AM: DJs AND WHIRLING Suggested donation: £10 (pay only what you can afford). Mascara Bar. 72 Stamford Hill, N16 6XS

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Bad Slide Projector poetry salon
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Bad Slide Projector poetry salon

  • Subplot 57, below Leaf & Groove, 57 Dartmouth Road, SE23 3HN (map)
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Rushika Wick, Ana Seferovic, and New River Press present a poetry salon in a wonderful new gin bar and community space in Forest Hill. Performances from Jennifer Obidike, Zia Ahmed, Rushika Wick, Ana Seferovic, Golnoosh Nour, Holly Jade O'leary, Iris Colomb, Alex Swift, and James Coghill. £4 in advance, £5 on the door (or if broke you will be forgiven). please buy tickets in advance - the venue have agreed to waive any fee if we sell 25 tickets.. Buy tickets here. All money goes to artists and community library.

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APR 28: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

APR 28: THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt commemorates the month of Shakespeare's birth and death with his much imitated but never equaled walk THE SQUARE MILE SHAKESPEARE.

McDevitt proves that you don’t have to go to Stratford-on-Avon or Bankside to follow the trail of our finest writer. We are taught about the messy London in which he lived, about the Elizabethan and the Jacobean Shakespeare, the cautious, wise, and almost neurotic man beyond the plays, as well as his very specific place within the city’s society during his lifetime.

Under a beautiful marble statue of the First Folio, McDevitt will argue that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare, dismissing the Marlowe theory as 'cobblers' and the Bacon theory as 'not kosher'.

Meeting outside Blackfriars Station (north entrance). The walk will last approx. two hours and finish at Barbican. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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APR 7th: Poets Of The Embankment
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

APR 7th: Poets Of The Embankment

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk of discovery along the Thames tracing the dazzling history of poets and poetry in the area. 

The Elizabethans, the Romantics, the Decadents and the Beats feature in force.  There are the geniuses of England - Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson - the geniuses of Europe - Heine, Rimbaud, Verlaine - and the geniuses of America - Melville, Ginsberg, Dylan; as well as a bonus Robbie Burns from Scotland.

In this wide ranging and imaginative 'wandering lecture' McDevitt tells stories including the bloodcurdling details of the Peasants' Revolt, how Geoffrey Chaucer luckily managed to escape death at the hands of the Kentish rebels, and much besides. 

Meet at 2pm in the churchyard of St Martin in the Fields., Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. The walk will last approx. two hours and will finish in The Olde Cheshire Cheese close to Blackfriars tube. £10 For tickets, please click here

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MAR 17TH: YEATS IN WEST LONDON - A ST PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

MAR 17TH: YEATS IN WEST LONDON - A ST PATRICK'S DAY SPECIAL

Irish poet Niall McDevitt follows the Yeatsian trail in West London where Yeats lived as a child with his bohemian family, and returned throughout his adult life. Some of the astonishing West London stories include Yeats' unsuccessful years of formal schooling, his doomed friendship with the left-wing William Morris, his Thames-side inspiration for 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' and a magical battle with 'the wickedest man in the world' Aleister Crowley. Join us for a St Patrick's Day special. Meeting Sun 17 March at West Kensington tube. 2pm. £10. Tickets available here. (The walk will finish on King Street Hammersmith close to Ravenscourt Park tube and Hammersmith tube. St Patricks Day will continue with drinks at the Plough and Harrow pub).

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FEB 17TH: OSCAR WILDE AND THE POETS OF CHELSEA
Feb
17
1:00 PM13:00

FEB 17TH: OSCAR WILDE AND THE POETS OF CHELSEA

Anarchic wit and gay icon Oscar Wilde was living in Chelsea in 1895, the year of his masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, and his instantaneous martyrdom at the hands of Queensbury. Explore the key sites of Chelsea, home to many other important poets, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, Leigh Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as the Irish nationalist poet Speranza, better known as Lady Wilde.

Sun 17 Feb  meeting at Knightsbridge tube at the Brompton Street exit. 1pm. £10. Please click here for tickets.

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28TH OCT: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

28TH OCT: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE

Poet and psychohistorian Niall McDevitt takes the literary walk back to 14th century London and the era of England's greatest medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Born circa 1343 and dying on 25 October 1400, Chaucer lived through the reigns of three kings, Edward III, Richard II and Henry IV. Though of middle class origin he was closely involved in the court, as poet, diplomat, trader, and possibly spy. 

Through marriage he found himself uncomfortably close to the most hated man in England, John of Gaunt, de facto ruler during the pubescence of Richard II. Having been lucky to survive the Black Death in 1347, he was even luckier to survive the Peasants Revolt of 1381.

The route begins at Aldgate and ends at Southwark, the departure point for his own imagined Canterbury pilgrims. 

Meeting Sun 28 Oct at Aldgate tube at 2pm, EC3N 1AH. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

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OCT 21ST: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK
Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

OCT 21ST: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt explores the Surrey-side trails of the two revolutionaries par excellence of the Western literary canon

Rimbaud lived in Waterloo in 1874. Blake lived in Lambeth from 1790-1800. McDevitt points out the landmarks that would have been visible to the poets and sees the eerie connections between their works.

The big question is whether Rimbaud had heard of Blake, seen a Book by Blake, or even read Blake. McDevitt has a unique hypothesis. 

The eco-immersive route will take in the green spaces of Waterloo and Lambeth such as St Johns Garden, the Millennium Garden, The William Blake Estate, as well as the riverside itself. 

Meeting Sun 21 Oct at 2pm on Blackfriars Bridge by the southern end. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish close to Lambeth North tube. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

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OCT 20TH: A Rimbaud /Verlaine Drift
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

OCT 20TH: A Rimbaud /Verlaine Drift

A RIMBAUD / VERLAINE DRIFT is a poetic walk following the London trail of Arthur Rimbaud and his fellow poet Paul Verlaine, who first visited the English capital – which they called 'Leun Deun' – in September 1872. 

Though Rimbaud and Verlaine were just two of many ex-Communards living among the French refugee community in Soho, their situation was unique. They were on the run from the huge scandal they had created in literary Paris after the 27-year-old Verlaine abandoned his wife and child to embark on a tempestuous same-sex relationship with his 16-year-old protege Rimbaud. 

Poet Niall McDevitt has gleaned the great biographies of Rimbaud by Enid Starkie, Jean-Luc Steinmetz, Charles Nicholls, and Graham Robb, as well as Joanna Richardsons’ excellent biography of Verlaine, and has mapped out many of the most significant Rimbaud/Verlaine sites. 

The walk traces the poets’ doomed quest to ‘re-invent love’ as well as Rimbaud and Verlaine's separate returns to the English capital inc. Verlaine’s truimphant return to London in the 1890s where he was feted as the prince of the Decadents.

(Note: this walk takes place on the occasion of Arthur Rimbaud's 164th birthday). 

Sat 20 Oct. Meeting for a 2pm start, the walk will commence at Charing Cross station by the Eleanor Cross in the forecourt on Strand. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

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OCT 14TH: William Blake and the Visionary Poets of Hampstead
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

OCT 14TH: William Blake and the Visionary Poets of Hampstead

Poet Niall McDevitt conducts a unique walking tour of Hampstead assessing the village's contribution to English and world poetry. 

The main site of the pilgrimage will be an off-the-beaten-track farmhouse where the sixty-something Blake regularly visited his patron John Linnel but - in a dramatic letter - turned down an offer to live there rent-free.

The elderly Blake is contrasted with the childhood Gerard Manley Hopkins who grew up in leafy Oak Hill. 

En route there will be fascinating encounters with revolutionaries, mystics, anarchists, and at least two consumptives from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Sun 14 Oct meeting outside Hampstead tube station at 2pm. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

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OCT 7TH: THE WILLIAM BLAKE WALK
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

OCT 7TH: THE WILLIAM BLAKE WALK

The William Blake Walk is a definitive guide to the Central London sites where William Blake lived, worked, studied and died in the years 1757-1827.

It was favourably reviewed by legendary Soho author Nigel Richardson in the Sunday Times, and listed number one in the literary section of the Sunday Telegraph's Great British Walks. 

The sites of Blake's birth, baptism, and death are unforgettably moving, as is his one surviving house in Mayfair. 

McDevitt transforms the neoliberal wilderness of W1 with his Blakean expertise and repertoire of songs, poems, stories. 

Meeting Sun 7 Oct at the junction of Oxford Street and South Molton Street. (Bond Street tube). 2pm. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.



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SEPT 30TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS: A William Blake Walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

SEPT 30TH: JERUSALEM'S PILLARS: A William Blake Walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill

A William Blake Walk from Tyburn to Primrose Hill

Poet Niall McDevitt - having created westerly, easterly and southerly Blake walks - unveils the first of two northerly Blake walks.

The site of Tyburn is undoubtedly the most abhorrent in the Blakean imagination. While the Vatican chose to counteract the executions by building the Tyburn Convent, Blake erected a psycho-architectural monument which he called 'The Gate of Los'.

The walk follows the course of the Tyburn river while telling the stories of Catherine Blake, The Jews Harp Tavern, the Cato conspiracy, and the young man who was with Blake when he died: George Richmond.

The pilgrimage ends on the magical apex of Primrose Hill where Blake 'saw the spiritual sun', and where - 150 years later - Allen Ginsberg meditated with Iain Sinclair filming.

Meeting under Marble Arch on Sun 30 September at 2pm. £10. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

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AUGUST 26TH: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE (ALDGATE STATION)
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 26TH: A LONDON CHAUCER PILGRIMAGE (ALDGATE STATION)

Poet-psychohistorian Niall McDevitt takes the literary walk back to 14th century London and the era of England's greatest medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer. Born circa 1343 and dying on 25 October 1400, Chaucer lived through the reigns of three kings, Edward III, Richard II and Henry IV. Though of middle class origin he was closely involved in the court, as poet, diplomat, trader, and possibly spy. Having been lucky to survive the Black Death in 1347, he was even luckier to survive the Peasants Revolt of 1381. Join us for an original and accessible London pilgrimage with tales of poetry, revolution, and the genesis of English language, literature, and culture as we know it today. The route begins at Aldgate and ends at Southwark, the departure point for his own imagined Canterbury pilgrims. Meeting at Aldgate tube at 2pm, EC3N 1AH. £10. Please click here for tickets.

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AUGUST 25TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 25TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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AUGUST 11TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Aug
11
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 11TH: EMILIA BASSANO LANIER, SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY (TOWER HILL) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet Niall McDevitt tells the widely known but little appreciated story of Emilia Bassano, Shakespeare’s lifelong muse, and – as Emilia Lanier – the first woman to publish a book of original poetry in England. In the heart of London McDevitt will evoke the world of Emilia and her contemporaries in the Elizabethan Renaissance. He will explore what we know of Lanier’s relationship with Shakespeare, how her influence can be pinpointed from the earliest to the final plays, and how she was ‘discovered’ in the 1970s by the maverick Elizabethan scholar AL Rowse. Meeting outside Tower Hill tube station by the statue of Trajan at 2pm. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish within walking distance of Shoreditch station or Old Street tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase. 

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AUGUST 5TH: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 5TH: A RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt explores the Surrey-side trails of the two rebels par excellence of the Western canon

Rimbaud lived in Waterloo in 1874. Blake lived in Lambeth from 1790-1800. McDevitt points out the landmarks that would have been visible to the poets and sees the eerie connections between their works.

The big question is whether Rimbaud had heard of Blake, seen a Book by Blake, or even read Blake. McDevitt has a unique hypothesis. 

The eco-immersive route will take in the green spaces of Waterloo and Lambeth such as St Johns Garden, the Millennium Garden, The William Blake Estate, as well as the riverside itself. 

Meeting 2pm on Blackfriars Bridge by the southern end. The walk will last approx. two hours and finish in Waterloo. £10. For more info call or text: 07722163823. Please click here for tickets. 

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AUGUST 4TH: A RIMBAUD/VERLAINE DRIFT
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

AUGUST 4TH: A RIMBAUD/VERLAINE DRIFT

A RIMBAUD / VERLAINE DRIFT is a poetic walk following the London trail of Arthur Rimbaud and his fellow poet Paul Verlaine, who first visited the English capital – which they called 'Leun Deun' – in September 1872.  Meeting 2pm at Charing Cross station by the Eleanor Cross in the forecourt on Strand. It lasts approx. Four hours and will finish at Mornington Crescent £10. For more info contact: 07722163823. Tickets here. 

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JULY 29TH: POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jul
29
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JULY 29TH: POETS OF HAMMERSMITH (KENSINGTON OLYMPIA STATION) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads an epic walk from border to border of Hammersmith borough through a half century of poetry. The great poets who've lived in Hammersmith include John Milton, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Morris, WB Yeats, and many more. Meeting at Kensington Olympia Station for 2pm. The walk will last approx. 2 hours and finish at Ravenscourt Park tube. Tickets are £10. Please click here to purchase.

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JULY 28TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS
Jul
28
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JULY 28TH: POETS OF THE EMBANKMENT (TRAFALGAR SQUARE) - NIALL MCDEVITT LONDON POETRY WALKS

Poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt leads a walk of discovery along the Thames tracing the dazzling history of poets and poetry in the area. The Elizabethans, the Romantics, the Decadents and the Beats feature in force.  There are the geniuses of England - Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson - the geniuses of Europe - Heine, Rimbaud, Verlaine - and the geniuses of America - Melville, Ginsberg, Dylan; as well as a bonus Robbie Burns from Scotland.Meet at 2pm in the churchyard of St Martin in the Fields., Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ. The walk will last approx. two hours and will finish in The Olde Cheshire Cheese close to Blackfriars tube. £10 For tickets, please click here

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JULY 15TH: THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE WALK (ISLAND GARDENS DLR) - NIALL MCDEVITT POETRY WALKS
Jul
15
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JULY 15TH: THE DEATH OF CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE WALK (ISLAND GARDENS DLR) - NIALL MCDEVITT POETRY WALKS

The death of Christopher Marlowe is one of the most fascinating stories in the history of English literature. Though Marlowe was murdered by government agents in a government safehouse in Deptford Strand, it was misrepresented as a pub brawl, a myth that persists to this day. Join poet-psychogeographer Niall McDevitt for a thoroughgoing exploration of the story, and immersion in Elizabethan history, with a stunning riverside backdrop.Meeting at Island Gardens DLR station 2pm. The walk will last two hours and finish at Surrey Quays London Overground station. £10. Buy tickets here. 

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