Heathcote Williams

Heathcote Williams, the author of a number of environmental tracts, recorded the Divine Comedy for Naxos Audio Books.

Roger Deakin has swum through England. Instead of a travelogue, he has written a waterlog, and instead of being waterlogged, he has moved around the country untrammelled, and often naked. In this seductive book he gives a rare and visionary account of what it means to feel an affinity with the lakes, springs, rivers, streams and seashores of these islands, instead of the motorways, car-parks and Little Chefs that blight the instincts of the traveller who is eager to commune with what is left of raw nature.

Poem: ‘War Poem’

Heathcote Williams, 5 March 1981

After the success of the 14-18 European Folk Festival ‘The Festival To End All Festivals!’ The Sponsors spent over twenty years preparing for a global version.

When they held the 39-45 Folk Fest, A lot of people came, But a lot of people went.

There was Adolf Church and the Boer Constrictors, Hyacinth Hitler and the Pig Stickers, And many other supporting and suppurating bands...

Great Creatures

Christopher Small, 17 August 1989

Whitman doesn’t supply any of the fragments selected by Heathcote Williams to shore up his poems. You won’t find, in Leaves of Grass or elsewhere, more than passing allusion to whales...

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Green Thoughts

Colin Ward, 19 January 1989

The membership of environmental organisations in Britain is double that of the political parties and three times that of Sunday worshippers in the Church of England. Each of us has some links...

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