with Henry Eliot
Thursday 7th May 2015
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm
William Morris was an irascible, obsessive polymath. After training as an architect he turned his hand to fantasy novels, the translation of Icelandic sagas, printing beautiful books in a typeface of his own invention, and socialist political activism. In his lifetime he was known as a poet; today he is best remembered for his textile designs and the tapestries, wallpaper, fabrics, furniture and stained glass windows produced by his company, Morris & Co. He had a quick temper, fuelled by incidents such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti's pet wombat eating his best cigars, or when he got stuck in his bespoke suit of armour. As one of the leaders of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris had a colossal effect on Victorian culture and is still hugely influential today.
Henry Eliot is co-editor of Curiocity, a map-magazine about London, and he is currently co-writing an alternative guide to London for Penguin Books (to be published 2016). He has led guided walks through London for Google, the City of London, City Lit and the cheese shop at Leadenhall Market. In September 2013 he organised a mass pilgrimage for the National Trust, to William Morris's Red House in Bexleyheath. His writing has been called ‘fresh, lively and entertaining’ by Michael Frayn.
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