Gormenghast Lives On at the Titus Awakes exhibition

Titus Awakes will be launched in July.
Titus Awakes exhibition launch: 9 July, 4-8pm @ Viktor Wynd’s Little Shop of Horrors, 11 Mare Street, London E8 8RP. More information here.
To celebrate the centenary of Mervyn Peake’s birth on 9th July 1911, Viktor Wynd Fine Art will be hosting the launch of Titus Awakes, the recently rediscovered sequel to the Gormenghast Series, at this exhibition opening exactly 100 years later. The fourth installment in the Gormenghast saga continues the story of Titus, the 77th Earl of Groan, as he wanders in the modern world and finds his final resting place in Sark.

The Gormenghast series is often wrongly called a trilogy, but was in fact intended to be a longer series, charting Titus’s life from cradle to grave. Titus Awakes was written by Maeve Gilmore shortly after her husband’s death from Parkinson’s Disease in 1968, and is formed from a page and a half of fragmented notes that Peake left to her, detailing how he wanted the story to continue. Maeve died in 1983 and the existence of her manuscript, handwritten in brown ink on four exercise books, remained unknown until Sebastian Peake’s daughter discovered them in the attic of the family home.

Gormenghast is a tour de force that ranks as one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable feats of imaginative writing. According to C.S. Lewis: “Peake’s books are actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience.”

Titus Awakes is published by Vintage, who are also bringing out a new illustrated edition of the original Gormenghast Trilogy which features over 100 illustrations by Mervyn Peake. You will be able to buy your copies at the launch event on the 9th July between 4-8pm.

The opening will be in the presence of Sebastian Peake who will be giving a reading from Titus Awakes, as well as signing copies. To secure a signed copy of the book, please pre-order from https://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org and collect at the event.

The launch is free, but you will need to RSVP. Email suzette@thelasttuesdaysociety.org  to reserve your place.

Also: 20th July – Sebastian Peake on his Parents
As part of the Hendrick’s Lecture Series, Sebastian Peake will be giving a lecture about his parents on the 20th of July at 7pm.  Tickets are £7 from https://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/tickets.html

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