Blake Estate

William Blake Estate. Lambeth

I have created a new walk especially for the Waterloo Festival 2017.

The Rimbaud Blake Waterloo Lambeth Walk is something I’ve always wanted to do, but separately. However I wasn’t sure how to do a satisfying Rimbaud walk in Waterloo, or a satisfying Blake walk in Lambeth. Combining the two poets and territories solves the problem.

As well as the usual Graham Robb and Jean Luc Steinmetz biographies of Rimbaud, the G.E. Bentley and Peter Ackroyd biographies of Blake, I have found help at hand in Chris McCabe’s terrific Real South Bank, a poet-euphoriant’s guide to the area.


The walk will offer a very good excuse to make manifold connections between two of the all-time geniuses of world literature, and is part of an all-day event Writing on the Wall at Saint John’s Church, Waterloo, curated by Jay Ramsay and featuring luminaries such as Jeni Couzyn, Aidan Andrew Dun and Peter Owen Jones.

Rimbaud Waterloo

Nando, Stamford St. (probable site of Rimbaud’s 178 Stamford St. address)

The eco-immersive route will also take in the green spaces of Waterloo and Lambeth such as St Johns Garden, the Millennium Garden, William Blake Estate, Archbishops Park, as well as the riverside itself.

Sat 3 June, 10am-6pm



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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