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08/09/2014 09:43 AM

Gormenghast, by Carabosse

A new stage adaptation of Gormenghast is coming! The first two books in the Mervyn Peake trilogy are being adapted by the Carabosse theatre company into an imaginative new play. The production will premiere at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes on 7th of October 2014. Everything is in place, but a little extra boost is needed to improve on what we have.

We hope to raise a minimum of £500 to add polish to the stage design and costumes. Everything over our target will help us reach a higher level in costume and set realisation. We are offering rewards for funders including tickets, posters, postcards, plus original Gormenghast set-design art by Brighton based artist Aaron Howdle.

If you would like to help to fund our production and get some great rewards, please click on the link to visit our Indigogo page: Thank you!

Carabosse are a new theatre company employing a mix of professional and non-professional actors. Their work includes projects helping adults with learning disabilities and work in schools. Tickets can be bought here: Gormenghast.
05/16/2014 03:28 PM

A Book of Poetry by Fabian Peake

Akerman Daly is pleased to publish the most complete collection of poetry by Fabian Peake to date and invites you to be a sponsor of this new book.

Read on for more details.
01/15/2014 06:20 PM

University of Gloucestershire

Techné 2
Volume 2 of the Illustration Research Journal from the University of Gloucestershire contains a number of Peake’s drawings, printed with permission.
The images from Peake’s manuscripts are reproduced through etching and screenprint with a letterpress text.
The journal, price £25 is available from The Pittville Press or contact
12/29/2013 11:06 AM

Fabian Peake Poetry, for the New Year

These are recordings of Fabian's poems read by other people (including Phyllida Barlow, Clover Peake, Stef Hirsch, Giovanna Coppola and Patrick Coyle) in the studio of Jeremy Akerman in London. Jeremy Akerman and Eileen Daly's website publishes writing solely by visual artists. They will publish five of Fabian's poems over the New Year (30 Dec to 3 Jan), one poem each day for five days.

Subscribe here to receive the poems.
Among other artists' writing on the site there is also a selection of Fabian's poems read by himself including a longer work (500 words) which is part of a project run by Akerman Daly called 'Flash 500'. This project was asking artists to produce a piece of writing (of any kind) containing exactly 500 words. 

The poems employ different approaches, mostly abstract and experimental, with narrative overtones.
11/11/2013 02:10 PM

Gormenghast Board Game

Sophisticated Games have produced a board game based on the Gormenghast books which is in the shops now. There's more to see on this on Facebook.

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Celebrating the Creativity of People with Parkinson's

The Mervyn Peake Awards are a celebration of the talents of people with Parkinson's. Parkinson’s UK aims to encourage creativity in memory of the late Mervyn Peake. 2011 marks the centenary of his birth and the tenth anniversary of the awards.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone with Parkinson's, of any ability, to share their creative passion. There are 4 prize categories including art, poetry, photograph and digital art. In addition, this year, all entries will be shortlisted for an online public vote to feature in the Parkinson's UK 2012 calendar. For more information please visit or call 020 7963 9319

Peake Studies

Peake Studies

Anyone interested in knowing more about Mervyn Peake should consider subscribing to Peake Studies, a bi-annual publication edited and published by Peter Winnington, a world authority on the subject. Every issue includes reviews, articles, and very frequently previously unseen drawings and other work by Mervyn Peake. Above are examples of the publication.
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Mervyn Peake: the Man and His Art

Mervyn Peake: The Man and HIs Art - book

Compiled by Sebastian Peake & Alison Eldred. Edited by G. Peter Winnington

Announcing a major new volume on the acclaimed writer and artist is available now.
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Sixty years on, the world of Titus Groan and his castle remains as contemporary now as when first published in 1946.

It is generally accepted that the Gormenghast trilogy as a whole offers one of the most original and sustained flights of imaginative writing of the 20th century and Mervyn Peake is best remembered for this timeless and highly influential work. Now translated into over thirty languages, to be joined shortly by Mandarin.

Less well known however, is his prolific output as a painter and writer of children’s books, nonsense verse, and work as a war artist, poet, and illustrator. Such classic texts as Treasure Island, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Ancient Mariner, Swiss Family Robinson, The Hunting of the Snark, Bleak House and others were illustrated,  resulting in idiosyncratic interpretations immediately recognisable as his own.

Texts were read closely before any drawings were committed to paper, though the description of the characters in the books, the location and atmosphere being brought to life, acted as the sole guide for his eagle eye, with the published drawings often remaining imprinted for ever on the reader’s visual mind.

This completely new and comprehensive website aims to display as many of the above talents as possible while the motivating rationale behind the enlargement of the site was the dedication to presenting work of the whole artist, rather than the parts.  He was after all, as some have suggested, the incarnation of Renaissance man.