Latest updates from the Global Blake Network

In Conversation Series:
April & May Speakers

Jason Whittaker discusses Blake's influence on Alasdair Gray, and Roger Whitson explores the approaches of Donald Ault's work to Blake and science

At the time of his death in 2019, the novelist and artist Alasdair Gray was widely lauded as a Scottish William Blake. Jason Whittaker will trace the influence of William Blake on the author of novels such as Poor Things and Lanark: A Life in 4 Books on 8 April, 2024 at 19.00-20.00. 

Starting with his 1968 book Visionary Physics and continuing through his unpublished work using complex variables to map the ontological transformations depicted in The Book of Urizen, Donald Ault’s research on William Blake can be understood as so many visionary experiments on the aesthetics and ontology of scientific facts. Roger Whitson will show that Donald Ault’s work on Blakean physics and mathematics provide an alternative to neo-realist defenses of science that ultimately takes facts for granted on 13 May, 2024 at 19.00-20.00.

Times given are London-standard time (GMT/BST).

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Recording of Alexander Regier's
In Conversation Talk

On 11 March, 2024 Alexander Regier told the story of the Blake Replica Press and how it is used at Rice University.

To see a recording of this talk please visit:


 Tolkien and Blake


Our podcast on Blake and Tolkien’s mythology and their use of British tales and legends has gone live on YouTube. To listen please click here.

The audio version is now also available via Apple, Spotify, Amazon and more (search for Zoavision) and we’ll be making more podcasts on William Blake in the coming weeks and months.


Global Blake's Editorial Director Sibylle Erle reviews Jason Wright's Blake's Job: Adventures in Becoming. Please click here to read this review on the Global Blake website.

Other news from the Global Blake Network:

On the Global Blake website, you'll find details of latest publications and events including:

  • William Blake's Universe - a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Matt Bahen Exhibition - 'Was Once Only Imagined', at the Nicholas Metivier gallery
  • Simon Munnery's 'Jerusalem' - a standup tour that brings in the Blake-Parry hymn 'Jerusalem'
  • Visjonkunstneren - William Blake in words, images and music in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Lampeter Study Day - Susanne Sklar presents on Blake's fourfold vision with The Temenos Academy and University of Wales Trinity St David.
  • RCB Songs - Matinee and evening performances at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, based on Blake's Songs of Innocence & Experience
  • Blake in Words & Songs - A Golden Thread: William Blake in Words and Song, performed by Susheela Raman and guests
  • New journals and books including the Winter edition of Blake, An Illustrated Quarterly
  • Talks and events as part of The Blake Society

To keep abreast of news and information on William Blake, go to


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