This is a photo of David Graeber talking at the gates of 35 St Peters Square, Hammersmith. The address is famous for Robert Graves’ and Laura Riding’s failed double suicide attempt in 1929. Graves’ friends and family referred to this address as ‘the madhouse of Hammersmith’. I gave a talk explaining why I thought this house and the drama associated with it – the suffering – was the origin of Graves’ theory of the ‘White Goddess’. There were several guest contributors including anarchist David Graeber. It is very gratifying to me that a serious left-wing thinker is so attracted to Graves’ thinking. Isis is not normally welcome on the British Left.

Photo: Julie Goldsmith

About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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3 Responses to THE WHITE GODDESS

  1. corina copp says:

    any chance your talk will be published or accessible to read?

  2. O says:

    FYI only Riding attempted suicide that time — she jumped out of the fourth floor window. Graves ran down to I believe the second story window and jumped out to help her (not to suicide himself along with her).

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