Mervyn Peake events

To celebrate the Mervyn Peake centenary year, a number of events have been scheduled (check here for more information [from the Peake Studies website]):

The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester is showing some of the Maison d’Ailleurs ‘Lines of Flight’ images between 9 April and 17 July, with the Rhymes without Reason illustrations separated off and shown at the Otter Gallery at the University of Chichester between 26 May and 17 July.

To the Sweep of a Steel Bay: unseen paintings and drawings. From 5 May to 11 September 2011, the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery is showing a small collection of paintings and drawings by Peake, mostly previously unseen and owned by his son Fabian. Included are some of Peake’s finest early portraits of old Sarkese men, several oil and pencil views of Sark, and quick chalk sketches done at the Sark F’te in July 1948, depicting prize cattle, decorated floats, and the fancy dress worn by Peake’s sons and the Sarkese.

A musical group called the Pastores Ensemble is planning a celebration of Mervyn Peake in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Burpham, on Sunday 19 June at 6.00 pm. The event, at which Sebastian and Fabian Peake will be present, will include readings, musical interludes (including a performance of Robert Carrington’s setting of Mervyn Peake’s poems), a film, and illustrated reminiscences. Tickets ’10 at the door or in advance from Robert Carrington (robert.carrington@tesco.net).

Clare Penate writes movingly of her life as Peake’s daughter in Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast, published in hardback by Constable & Robinson on 23 June 2011

The British Library has re-issued Peake’s Progress at ’25, with a new cover and a new preface by Sebastian Peake. This being a facsimile edition, the contents are the same as in the corrected edition of 1981 (the large Penguin paperback), so the stories and poems are all now available in more recent and reliable editions. It is accompanied by a two-CD audio book, for which Sebastian and Fabian recorded stories and poems in the book.

The Worlds of Mervyn Peake: The British Library will be holding an exhibition in its Folio Gallery, with talks as well as Peake art and manuscripts (5 July to 18 September).

Paintings and drawings by both Mervyn Peake and Maeve Gilmore will be shown at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP, from 9 July.

A first volume of plays by Peake is due ‘in advance of the centenary’ from Methuen. It will include The Wit to Woo, The Cave, and Noah’s Ark in newly edited (and hopefully definitive) texts. Methuen is also re-issuing Letters from a Lost Uncle and The Hunting of the Snark at about the same time. (Due in July.)

Alongside the publication of Maeve Gilmore’s ‘conclusion’ to the Titus books, Titus Awakes, due on 7 July as a ‘7.99 paperback, Vintage is preparing a new hardback priced at ’20 called the Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, with many drawings (as decorations rather than illustrations) from the manuscripts. A paperback edition can be expected a year later. Isis, the audiobook company that in 1995 made recordings of the three Titus books read by Edmund Dehn, plans to bring out an unabridged reading of Titus Awakes.

Carcanet (the publisher of Peake’s Collected Poems) is bringing out an illustrated volume called Complete Nonsense, containing over a hundred poems, many new, some unfamiliar, and all those favourites from Rhymes without Reason and A Book of Nonsense, plus the drawings from Figures of Speech, over a hundred illustrations in all (July).

BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Brian Sibley to adapt the Titus books (as he did in the 1980s) plus Titus Awakes as their 2011 Classic Serial, to be broadcast in six parts beginning in July 2011. At the same time they will bring out an audio book called The History of Titus Groan which will include Brian Sibley’s original 1984 radio adaptation. Not to be outdone, BBC TV plans to repeat its ‘millennium drama’ adaptation of Titus Groan and Gormenghast in July 2011.  

From 23 July to 25 September Tullie House in Carlisle will be displaying 182 of the pictures that were shown at the Lignes de Fuite / Lines of Flight exhibition in Yverdon. The Laing gallery in Newcastle has plans for later in the autumn.

To celebrate the Mervyn Peake centenary year, a number of events have been scheduled (check here for more information [from the Peake Studies website]):

The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester is showing some of the Maison d’Ailleurs ‘Lines of Flight’ images between 9 April and 17 July, with the Rhymes without Reason illustrations separated off and shown at the Otter Gallery at the University of Chichester between 26 May and 17 July.

To the Sweep of a Steel Bay: unseen paintings and drawings. From 5 May to 11 September 2011, the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery is showing a small collection of paintings and drawings by Peake, mostly previously unseen and owned by his son Fabian. Included are some of Peake’s finest early portraits of old Sarkese men, several oil and pencil views of Sark, and quick chalk sketches done at the Sark F’te in July 1948, depicting prize cattle, decorated floats, and the fancy dress worn by Peake’s sons and the Sarkese.

A musical group called the Pastores Ensemble is planning a celebration of Mervyn Peake in the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Burpham, on Sunday 19 June at 6.00 pm. The event, at which Sebastian and Fabian Peake will be present, will include readings, musical interludes (including a performance of Robert Carrington’s setting of Mervyn Peake’s poems), a film, and illustrated reminiscences. Tickets ’10 at the door or in advance from Robert Carrington (robert.carrington@tesco.net).

Clare Penate writes movingly of her life as Peake’s daughter in Under a Canvas Sky: Living Outside Gormenghast, published in hardback by Constable & Robinson on 23 June 2011

The British Library has re-issued Peake’s Progress at ’25, with a new cover and a new preface by Sebastian Peake. This being a facsimile edition, the contents are the same as in the corrected edition of 1981 (the large Penguin paperback), so the stories and poems are all now available in more recent and reliable editions. It is accompanied by a two-CD audio book, for which Sebastian and Fabian recorded stories and poems in the book.

The Worlds of Mervyn Peake: The British Library will be holding an exhibition in its Folio Gallery, with talks as well as Peake art and manuscripts (5 July to 18 September).

Paintings and drawings by both Mervyn Peake and Maeve Gilmore will be shown at Viktor Wynd Fine Art, 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP, from 9 July.

A first volume of plays by Peake is due ‘in advance of the centenary’ from Methuen. It will include The Wit to Woo, The Cave, and Noah’s Ark in newly edited (and hopefully definitive) texts. Methuen is also re-issuing Letters from a Lost Uncle and The Hunting of the Snark at about the same time. (Due in July.)

Alongside the publication of Maeve Gilmore’s ‘conclusion’ to the Titus books, Titus Awakes, due on 7 July as a ‘7.99 paperback, Vintage is preparing a new hardback priced at ’20 called the Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, with many drawings (as decorations rather than illustrations) from the manuscripts. A paperback edition can be expected a year later. Isis, the audiobook company that in 1995 made recordings of the three Titus books read by Edmund Dehn, plans to bring out an unabridged reading of Titus Awakes.

Carcanet (the publisher of Peake’s Collected Poems) is bringing out an illustrated volume called Complete Nonsense, containing over a hundred poems, many new, some unfamiliar, and all those favourites from Rhymes without Reason and A Book of Nonsense, plus the drawings from Figures of Speech, over a hundred illustrations in all (July).

BBC Radio 4 has commissioned Brian Sibley to adapt the Titus books (as he did in the 1980s) plus Titus Awakes as their 2011 Classic Serial, to be broadcast in six parts beginning in July 2011. At the same time they will bring out an audio book called The History of Titus Groan which will include Brian Sibley’s original 1984 radio adaptation. Not to be outdone, BBC TV plans to repeat its ‘millennium drama’ adaptation of Titus Groan and Gormenghast in July 2011.  

From 23 July to 25 September Tullie House in Carlisle will be displaying 182 of the pictures that were shown at the Lignes de Fuite / Lines of Flight exhibition in Yverdon. The Laing gallery in Newcastle has plans for later in the autumn.