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Blake tour plans

AN EXHIBITION about William Blake launched in Bognor Regis is set to go on tour.


The ongoing event at the town’s library, started for this month’s Blakefest celebration of the famous poet, is likely to go on show in Chichester soon.


The virtual reality element of the exhibition has been lined up for a pop-up event at the University of Manchester. Dr Naomi Billingsley, a research fellow at the university, is keen to share the display with her academic networks.


But the exhibition – called Dandelion Vision – is about to enter its final week at the library. It is open 2pm-5pm today and tomorrow and every day until its last day on October 5.


Blakefest joint founder Rachel Searle said: “The exhibition features work from 20 international artists and has been further enhanced by work from the performance artists, Anna Fairchild and Bettina Fund.


“The magical virtual tour of William Blake’s Cottage, which contains cut-outs of Blake’s paintings and information boards, is curated by Dr Billingsley, and the footage was shot and edited by the virtual reality company, Immersive Design, for the Big Blake Project.”


An extra feature at the exhibition will be a signing session by creative Bognor Regis resident Kate Pollard of her debut novels at 1pm tomorrow.


“Her books appeal to teenagers of all age groups and were published last year by The Big Blake Project,” said Rachel. “The Brightness and the recent sequel, The Breakout, completes the story which has been described as ‘a tale of supernatural fantasy in the genre of CS Lewis and Tolkien in the best possible way’.”


Kate also has a piece in the exhibition.


A short talk from highly-regarded Mexican poet and translator Adriana Diaz-Ensico will follow.


Adriana is a poet, fiction author and translator, with 11 books published. As well as her publications, she is also a translator.


Her unpublished novel, Ciudad doliente de Dios, was inspired by Blake’s prophetic poems.


She teaches literature and translation at the Cervantes Institute in London and is a trustee of Modern Poetry in Translation.


She will be talking about the three years from 1800 which Blake spent in Felpham during which he wrote the words which became Jerusalem.


The exhibition also includes Blake’s spectacles found in the garden of his cottage and The Non-Bifurcated Man motion and sound installation by Mikey Georgeson.


This has been praised by senior West Sussex County Council members, council leader Louise Goldsmith and cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, Debbie Kennard.


Cllr Mrs Kennard said: “I think it made poetry more alive and intense having it in your eye.”

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