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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.