Festival will be packed with fun

A FESTIVAL to celebrate one of Felpham’s best known residents is underway.

Golgonooza is being staged to celebrate everything William Blake with the festivities already underway.

On Tuesday night, a fascinating talk was hosted at St Mary’s Church, Felpham. A packed audience was enthralled by speaker Michael Phillips who brought William Blake and his printing processes alive.

The fun of all things Blake will continue tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see Gothic Goose: A to Z of comedy, poetry, video and music from 7pm-8pm at the William Hardwicke pub, in Bognor High Street.

On Saturday, the Old Rectory Gardens will be packed with a variety of events from 11am until 9pm, including storytelling and creative workshops by Abbie Palache from 10.30am-2pm and a 3.30pm-4pm comedy slot by Tom Durkin.

Waiting for Robert, a play reflective of Blake’s time in Felpham, will be shown for the first time.

Music will ring out from 6.30pm until 7pm as the Bognor Regis Community Choir takes to the stage.

For those feeling a bit peckish, there will be artisan food, refreshments and the chance to try a specially-created sausage inspired by ingredients from Blake’s time.

There will also be art and installations, spiritual artist Kate Pollard, a fabric maze, workshops and much more.

There will also be the chance for visitors to take along their own apples and press them into juice.

Parking is limited and visitors are encouraged to follow the Blake trail from Bognor which will lead to the event.

More details on events info@loosemarbles.co.uk.

With around 40 days left to raise £500,000 to buy the poet and philosopher’s Grade II-listed cottage, help is needed.

The campaign to buy the Blakes Road cottage, where Jerusalem was written while Blake lived there from 1800-03, was launched in parliament in July.