Friday, March 22, 2013

An Exhibition at Westminster Reference Library

A rare exhibition of Mervyn Peake’s original work is to go on public display for the first time at Westminster Reference Library by Leicester Square from 3rd to 14th April 2013.
Original paintings by Mervyn Peake, will go on display thanks to the generous loan of the work by the Peake family.
Westminster City Council, with the support of Arts Council England funding, is hosting the special free display.  The show comprises works by Mervyn Peake as well as pieces by his wife, Maeve Gilmore, and son, Sebastian Peake. The paintings and drawings in this small but exceptional show have never been seen outside the Peake family.
Please join us for the launch party/private view at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 3rd April at Westminster Reference Library, 35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP, 020 7641 5250.
The programme series will continue with a talk and poetry reading on Wednesday, 10th April and two workshops on 4th and 11th April, led by Mervyn Peake’s grandson, Lewis Peake, (now sold out) with a focus on illustration techniques.
Westminster Reference Library believes that direct engagement is a great way to create understanding.  Through open access to our book collections and our art shows we try to provide a simple but powerful way to show everybody, regardless of age and background, the enjoyment and inspiration of art.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Miracle Enough

Many readers of this blog will remember the enjoyable and spirited Mervyn Peake Conference held in 2011 at Chichester University and run in association with the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy to mark the centenary of Mervyn Peake's birth.

As a result of the energy of those involved, in particular of Peter Winnington, the majority of the papers from the conference have now been edited, assembled into book form, and published under the title "Miracle Enough". The book is heavily illustrated and there is a very warm and informative introduction by Professor William Gray, the main organiser of the conference. The book is dedicated to Sebastian Peake who, of course, worked in so many ways to promote the work of his father but who died while the book was in production.

There is more information about the book on the Cambridge Scholars website, and some sample pages available on the site if you open the "Sample pdf" at the bottom of the page.