Friday, August 28, 2009

Mervyn Peake in Switzerland

On 3rd October 2009, the most comprehensive exhibition of the illustrations of Mervyn Peake ever put together, will open at the world-renowned centre for the art of the imagination, La Maison d'Ailleurs in Switzerland. Situated at the very centre of the ancient town of Yverdon-les-Bains on the banks of Lac Neuchatel, the museum is the ideal location for displaying the 250 or so works.

Covering three floors of the impressive building, there will be ample space surrounding each individual drawing. Whether Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, Grimm's Household Tales or The Hunting of the Snark, every illustration will inhabit its own generous space.

A magnificent, stylishly-produced, bi-lingual catalogue, will accompany the show, and a looped film on the life and work of the artist will be available for the visitor to view as they walk around. The result of years of planning, Lignes de Fuite, as the exhibition is called, will be a required destination for anyone interested in the subject. The show will run until February 2010. Website:

Gormenghast play

John Constable's adaptation of the Gormenghast books is to be staged at The Stables theatre in Hastings from 2-5 September.

A review for the Collected Poems

A review from Powell's Books for the Collected Poems of Mervyn Peake.

One of the TopTen Trilogies with Abe

The Gormenghast books have been chosen by the staff at Abe Books as one of the ten best trilogies.

Two Peake Drawings

These two previously unknown drawings: Dr Prunesquallor and Captain Slaughterboard, were drawn directly into a 1st edition copy of Titus Groan and a 1945 edition of the latter. From a private collection of the books of Mervyn Peake.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mervyn Peake at the Edinburgh Festival

The imaginative production of Boy in Darkness written and performed by Curious Directive is getting some good reviews.

"Curious Directive are nudging up there with the best. If you like what The Terrible Infants have done oer the years, you'll love this . . . one of those legendary hidden pearls the Fringe is all about."
"Inventive, physically rich, multi-layered, intelligent and classy."
Broadway Baby

"There's lots of innovative staging and a lovely performance from Fiona Mikel as a lamb . . . "
Sally Stott in The Scotsman

For tickets go to
Box Office: 0131 662 6892
Until 22nd August 2009