Image by Desmond Morris printed in On The Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight, Surrealist Poetry in Britain

Image by Desmond Morris printed in On The Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight, Surrealist Poetry in Britain edited by Michel Remy, published by Carcanet Press

Michel Remy’s latest publication, On the Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight is the first published anthology of British surrealist poetry – taking its title from Herbert Read’s words when he opened the Surrealist Poems and Objects exhibition at the London Gallery at midnight on 24 November 1937.

Within a few years the Second World War would effectively fragment the British surrealist movement, dispersing its key members. Yet British surrealist writing was vibrant and now takes its place in the wider European context of literary surrealism.

Remy discusses his publication and is joined by British surrealist artist, John W. Welson to read selected works from the anthology by artists including Emmy Bridgewater, Ithell Colquhoun, Desmond Morris, Humphrey Jennings, Conroy Maddox, Roland Penrose and many more.

Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase following the event.