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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.