Just returned from a week’s break in Keswick, in the Lake District, with fine late summer weather, and fine company. I didn’t really want to come home, and will post on my trip (with photos) in due course.
In the meantime, I thought you might like a peek at the latest newsletter from the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy:
Before I head off on a long looked forward to holiday in the Lake District, where I will have intermittent internet access at best, I thought I’d share with you this piece from the Guardian about the campaign to save William Blake’s cottage in Felpham.
Blake lived there from 1800 to 1803, and wrote the lines which have since become England’s unofficial national anthem, Jerusalem. Twenty years ago, when I was at college just down the road, I walked past the cottage, which was then a private house, several times, and I really hope it is saved for the nation, and for Blake lovers everywhere.
See you in a week.
Not literally, obviously – though, who knows? – but figuratively at least: from the 25th September to the 11th January there is a free exhibition at the British Museum called Witches and Wicked Bodies. I, for one, will be making the trip…
Three Weird Sisters from Macbeth, Henry Fuseli, 1783
For those of you who live in or near Belfast, or are in the area at the time, Queen’s University are holding a three-day conference on folk horror later this month. Sounds terrific – if anybody makes it along let me know!