For William Morris, our award-winning gallery was once just ‘home’ – so how might it have felt to look out on the moon reflected in the moat as he climbed the stairs to bed?
Come and find out for yourself in our after-hours celebration of the end of the day, with poetry by Joelle Taylor and Dzifa Benson, and music by Darren Hayman.
Forest Poets will read pop-up poems inspired by the displays around the gallery, and there will be a special screening of Beginning to See the Light, atmospheric filmpoems by Raymond Antrobus, Malika Booker, Holly Corfield Carr, Jane Draycott, Caleb Klaces and Richard Price, in collaboration with film-maker Corinne Silva, tracing the arc from high noon to neon-lit midnight.
The Gallery's Tea Room and bar will be open all evening serving hot and cold food, snacks and drinks.
The line up
Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, slam poet and playwright. In 2001, Joelle founded SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam championships, and she continues as the programme’s Artistic Director, working with thousands of young people across the UK every year. She has appeared on several television programmes including Blue Peter and the One Show, and radio programmes such as Women’s Hour. A documentary about her life and work Life Changing Verse was made by Don Productions in 2010. She recently featured in Educating the East End for Channel 4. She curates and hosts MotherFoucault Spoken Word Burlesque - an evening of intellectual uprising, powerful poetry and furious dance. Her latest collection The Woman Who Was Not There was published by Burning Eye in 2014.
Dzifa Benson is a poet, storyteller, and librettist. She’s performed at such venues as the London Literature Festival, Glastonbury, the BFI, Lords Cricket Ground, the Houses of Parliament, the Shakespeare & Company Bookshop in Paris, Café Mono in Oslo and on tour in South Africa with the British Council.
Dzifa’s poetry and prose has appeared in several anthologies and journals including Magma Poetry, the Manhattan Review, the Guardian and Philosophy Now magazine. She wrote her first opera as a librettist with the Royal Opera House. More recently she has been a judge for the Commonwealth Short Story and Novel prize, and was artist-in-residence at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
"Weaver of well-crafted poems and captivating contemporary myths" Apples & Snakes
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Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. Darren’s powerful collection of songs based on William Morris’s Chants for Socialists was partially recorded at the William Morris Gallery and released in 2015.
“The thinking person’s indie-pop legend and unaccredited national treasure” Stewart Lee, The Sunday Times