Author Archives: Niall McDevitt

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.

THE LIFELONG DEATH OF TS ELIOT

The Lifelong Death of TS Eliot is a new walk by Niall McDevitt exploring the Kensington habitat of the American who was surprisingly voted ‘the nation’s favourite poet’ in a 2009 poll. http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2009/10_october/08/poetry.shtml Though Eliot is associated with Bloomsbury and with … Continue reading

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TYBURN (a neck verse)

after Peter Linebaugh   cranes over tyburn (‘marble arch place’) paddy-necks, bull-necks, they came to hang, they came to hang at the tyburn crossroads, twenty-four necks a time on the crossbeams, yahoo-necks, prole-necks, they who lived amid dung and refuse, … Continue reading

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THE RIMBAUD BLAKE WATERLOO LAMBETH WALK

I have created a new walk especially for the Waterloo Festival 2017.  https://www.waterloofestival.com 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 … Continue reading

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BLAKE AND BACON, TWO SOHO ARTISTS

1) Both William Blake and Francis Bacon are regarded as Soho artists, but for different reasons. Blake was born in Soho and lived at several Soho addresses inc. 28 Broadwick Street (now a Patisserie Valerie) and 28 Poland Street. Bacon … Continue reading

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THE BLAKE BENCH

Today – Good Friday – by sheer luck, I was made aware of a magical piece of furniture in London, even while sitting on it. Attending Cathie Pilkington’s show Anatomy of a Doll in the Life Drawing Room of the Royal … Continue reading

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THE WORLD PREMIERE FRANCIS BACON WALK

A Walk with Francis Bacon in Soho is the first ever Francis Bacon walk and has been commissioned by Society Club in Soho. Poetopography is usually concerned with the lives and works of poets in the places they lived and … Continue reading

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THE DEVIL ON THE STAGE

It is thanks to the rabid, theatre-bashing Puritan, William Prynne, that we know about an early performance of Christopher Marlowe’s masterpiece, Doctor Faustus. It took place in the courtyard pictured above, one of the great inn-yard theatres of London, situated … Continue reading

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