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A book and exhibition created by Sophie Herxheimer & Chris McCabe, in dialogue with their luminary inspiration, William Blake
A book and exhibition created by Sophie Herxheimer & Chris McCabe, in dialogue with their luminary inspiration, William Blake
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Hercules Editions is proud to have commissioned an exciting new project from poet / artists Sophie Herxheimer and Chris McCabe. The Practical Visionary is a collaged dialogue between them and their luminary inspiration, William Blake.

A collaged poem from the book
A collaged poem from the book

The project, which will take the form of a beautiful limited-edition book and also an exhibition (running at London's Poetry Café from 17th September to 27th October: https://poetrysociety.org.uk/poetry-cafe/) was begun by exchanging imaginary letters between Blake and the Citizens of London, and evolved through photographing timeless and fleeting details on Lambeth streets, to create 21st-century visions parallel to Blake’s mythology.

Puddles become a lake where Blake heard the wailing of unborn souls, and the centre of a wheel becomes the eye of Urizen, the personification of reason. These images are spliced together and expanded with glimpses of borrowed words and pages from a giant bible and a tiny nonconformist self-help book.

A collage image from the book
A collage image from the book

In Herxheimer and McCabe’s creative response to the work of this country’s most imaginative artist / poet, The Practical Visionary moves freely between Blake's world and ours, demonstrating why his voice is a powerful and necessary as ever. 

In addition to the book and exhibition, we will also be creating a MP3 and a digital map (available on our website), allowing our audience to experience Blake's Lambeth for themselves, with Chris and Sophie as guides. In order to bring these ambitious plans for the project to fruition, we need the generous assistance of our readers. We are offering some exciting incentives to donors, including an opportunity to have your name listed in the book (a regular feature of all our publications; a way of making our readers integral to the project), a chance to receive an original collaged screen print on the pages of a Bible (pictured below) and to our most generous donors, an option to receive a limited edition set of etchings by Herxheimer and McCabe, made a stone's throw from the site of Blake's house and press on Hercules Road. The etchings (pictured below) are signed and numbered in an edition of 30.

limited edition collaged screenprint on the pages of a Bible
limited edition collaged screenprint on the pages of a Bible
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30
etchings signed and numbered in an edition of 30

Risks and challenges

This is the sixth year our press has been running, with the aid of ACE and partner organisations such as the Poetry Society, the London Review Bookshop, the Cinema Museum and others. We have built up a list of fans and supporters, and we hope we will be able to either welcome you back or add you as one of our friends.

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    Visionary

    For a donation of £5, you will receive a digital 'postcard' (an image not included in the book) from Herxheimer and McCabe.

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    Tharmas

    For a donation of £25, your name will be included in the list of donors at the back of the book, and you will receive a copy of the publication postage free.

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    Luvah

    For a donation of £50, you will receive a special collaged screenprint created by Herxheimer and McCabe on the pages of a Bible. Screenprints are limited to an edition of 10.

    In addition, your name will be included in the list of donors at the back of the book, and you will receive the screenprint and publication postage free.

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    Urizen

    For a donation of £75, you will receive the special collaged screenprint made on the pages of a Bible, plus an original etching, all created by Herxheimer and McCabe. Etchings are signed and numbered, and limited to an edition of 30.

    In addition, your name will be included in the list of donors at the back of the book, and you will receive a copy of the screenprint, etching and publication postage free.

    Includes:
    • A copy of the book + your name listed inside
    • A limited edition etching, created by Herxheimer and McCabe
    • A collaged screenprint on Bible paper
    • Digital postcard of extra image
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    Urthona

    For a donation of £300, you will receive the collaged screenprint made on the pages of a Bible, plus a set of all seven original etchings, created by Herxheimer and McCabe. Etchings are signed and numbered, and limited to an edition of 30.

    In addition, your name will be included in the list of donors at the back of the book, and you will receive a copy of the screenprint, etchings and publication postage free.

    Includes:
    • A set of 7 etchings, signed and numbered by Herxheimer and McCabe
    • A copy of the book + your name listed inside
    • A collaged screenprint on Bible paper
    • Digital postcard of extra image
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