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William Blake
A season of programmes to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Blake - English painter, engraver, poet and visionary mystic.

Poetry Please

William Blake: anniversaryRoger McGough introduces poems read by Samuel West, Janet Suzman and David Collins

Sunday 18 November, 4.30-5.00pm
repeated Saturday 24 November, 11.30pm-midnight

A look at some of the lesser known poetical works of Blake, as well as the famous standards. Poems include 'Jerusalem", and 'The Tyger', and some that are perhaps less well known, like the short and lusty 'Are not the joys of morning sweeter' and his tirade 'O for a Voice Like Thunder'.

Blake's Doors of Perception

William Blake: anniversaryFive short stories inspired by the work of William Blake


Monday-Friday 26-30 November, 3.30-3.45pm

The writers are Michael Morpurgo, Jenny Worton, Jack Shepherd, Neil Gaiman, and David Almond.

Burning Bright

William Blake: anniversaryBurning Bright by Tracey Chevalier, read by Jenny Coverack

Monday-Friday 26 November -
7 December, 10.45-11.00pm

Jem Kellaway and his family move from their Dorset home to Lambeth in London, and find themselves living next door to an eccentric but welcoming couple called Blake.

The Poet of Albion

William Blake: anniversaryHistorian and biographer Jenny Uglow explores the work of William Blake

Tuesday 27 November, 11.30am-midday

Jenny Uglow reveals William Blake as a political artist deeply at odds with his country and whose ideas were formed by the turbulent history of the time.

The Tyger Hunt

William Blake: anniversaryThe Tyger Hunt by Lavinia Murray



Friday 30 November, 2.15-3.00pm

William Blake, aged around 12, is told the day is a special one, and he should take his sketch pad out onto the streets of London.
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