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Spectral Pegasus / Dark Movements  with USA based poet Jeffery Beam and Welsh painter Clive-Hicks Jenkins

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Spectral Pegasus / Dark Movements with USA based poet Jeffery Beam and Welsh painter Clive-Hicks Jenkins

Given the unique opportunity to host the USA based poet, Jeffery Beam, together with artist and theatre designer, Clive Hicks Jenkins, we are delighted to be able to invite you to an evening of poetic celebration. Jeffery will read his work, accompanied by images and song. Clive will introduce and be available to talk informally over a glass of wine about this collaboration.

Painter, Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Painter, Clive Hicks-Jenkins


Originating loosely in the ancient Welsh folk tradition of the Mari Lwyd involving a skeletal mare, and the death of the painter’s father, Spectral Pegasus / Dark Movements is the result of a six-month blogosphere collaboration between Welsh painter Clive Hicks- Jenkins and American poet Jeffery Beam. It takes the form of a richly illustrated book, accompanied with CD, it details a Hero’s journey through death, resurrection, psychological and spiritual trials and revelations into redemptive vision.

This unique event might be described as the oral, aural and visual manifestation of this project, in person, by these two celebrated artists - Jeffery Beam and Clive Hicks-Jenkins - each in their own personally characteristic manner.

Beam’s is a startled and startling, all-body, all-spirit response to the gift and terror that rode roughshod and wondrous into his creative life like an annunciation, in the form of Hicks-Jenkins’s numinous, luminous horse.
— Poet, Damian Walford Davies

Award winning poet, Jeffery Beam specialises in spoken word and multimedia, his What We Have Lost: New and Selected Poems 1977‐2001 was a 2003 Audio Publishers Award finalist. His latest works are Jonathan Williams: The Lord of Orchards (co‐edited with Richard Owens, Prospecta Press, 2018), and a virtual chapbook Don’t Forget Love (Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, 2018, The song cycle, Life of the Bee (composer Lee Hoiby) continues to be performed on the international stage and can be heard, along with a Beam reading of the texts, on Albany Recordʹs New Growth, a recording of the Carnegie Hall premiere.
You can learn more about, read and hear more of his poetry at his website:

In Clive Hicks‐Jenkins’ early career he was an actor, choreographer, director, and stage designer, creating productions with leading companies in London. He moved back to Wales permanently in the late 1980’s to concentrate on his work as an artist. His paintings, prints and artists’ books are in numerous public collections. In 2011, his work was celebrated in a hugely successful retrospective at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. His latest exhibition featured a limited edition series of 14 screenprints, and supplemental paintings and drawings, on the theme Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. These screenprints grace a new edition of Simon Armitage’s translation of the poem (Faber & Faber, 2018) In 2018, Goldfield Productions’ Hansel and Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes, inspired by Clive’s images and under his direction and design supervision, toured England. Armitage’s retelling of the tale with Clive’s illustrations is due from Design For Today in 2019.