Blake festival will celebrate the poet

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WILLIAM Blake fans are staging a festival next week to celebrate Felpham’s most famous residents.

Golgonooza, from Thursday (September 18) to Saturday, will feature a crowdfunding campaign to buy Blake’s cottage in the next 60 days.

The festival will include events in St Mary’s Church, Felpham, Old Rectory Gardens and Bognor Regis town centre, with musicians, writers, poets and performers lined up.

With just two months left to raise £500,000 to buy the poet and philosopher’s Grade II-listed cottage, help is urgently needed.

Rachel Searle, founder of the Big Blake Project, said: “We ask that people take into account the full regeneration potential of the cottage and help make the festival truly noteworthy.”

The campaign to buy the Blakes Road cottage, where Jerusalem was written while Blake lived there from 1800-03, was launched in parliament in July.

It is intended by its supporters that the building will serve as a keystone for cultural regeneration in Bognor. The details of the festival were being finalised in the past few days.

The launch will be from 7pm-9pm next Thursday in St Mary’s Church with Wayzgoose, when a range of Blake scholars will offer a variety of lectures.

Next Friday will see an A-Z of comedy, poetry, video and music from 7pm-8pm at the William Hardwicke pub in Bognor High Street.

September 20 will be packed with fun from storytelling by Abbie Palache from 10.30am-2pm to a 3.30-3pm comedy slot 
by Tom Durkin and 
Waiting for Robert, a play reflective of Blake’s time in Felpham.

Also featuring will be spoken word performances in Create Bognor from midday-12.30pm, Stewart Nichol’s Blakean Welcome at 12.45pm-1.05pm and an appearance at 7.30pm from the sharp-tongued, high-energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter Attilia The Stockbroker.

More details from Rachel Searle on 07775 893533 or or Will Harvey on 01903 366353 or