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Walking in Blake's footsteps


Niall McDevitt explores Blake's London

Niall McDevitt presents an audio slideshow that explores the major London landmarks in William Blake's life.

Blake enthusiast Niall McDevitt starts his journey in Soho where the poet was born and finishes at the scene of his death near The Strand.

Other key sites on the tour include where Blake claims to have seen Satan and a secret Blake tribute that is currently hidden behind the reception desk of a modern office.

Read Niall's essay on William Blake:

Niall McDevitt is an Irish poet living in Hammersmith. His psycho-geographical walks through London follow the trails of Shakespeare, Blake, Rimbaud, Yeats and many others.

For information and bookings call 07722 163823.

BBC Poetry Season

Jarvic Cocker reads Blake's London

To mark the BBC Poetry Season, Jarvis Cocker recorded a special reading of Blake's London poem for Radio 1's Rob Da Bank Show.

To accompany this, a special animation was created by students of Kingston College, in partnership with 21CC, the BBC's centre for digital learning.

Alan Bates reads The Tyger

Alan Bates reads the Tyger

We also have a classic clip from the BBC archives featuring another classic William Blake poem.

Taken from BBC One's Daytime Live! from 1988, the late British actor Sir Alan Bates recites Blake's evocatively powerful poem The Tyger.

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