Gilles de rais (by SJ Fowler & David Kelly) // LAUNCH :: manchester – – – – – – – – – – – e n e m i e s o f t h e n o r t h @ thecornerhouse || published by ..¨¨…¨¨¨…. like this press

Gilles de Rais

a new collaboration between myself and the poet SJ Fowler – published by Like This Press – will be launched, tomorrow – 30th March, as part of the Enemies of the North project, at the Cornerhouse, Manchester.

These barren line drawings are a processed version of events, internal mind flashes of word association (in which occasionally Jimmy Savile plays our protagonist: Gilles de Rais). Remembering that even the very first paintings made on cave walls were often created in altered states due to a high concentration of carbon dioxide.

there is a safety in the workhouse
the magician television show which isn’t true to life

An interchangeable narrative reflection on the life and legend of Gilles de Rais, this fusion of avant garde poetry and modernist line drawing aims to satirise and subvert the manner in which the monstrous myth surrounding de Rais is echoed in our own time by Jimmy Saville. This is the disjunctive folklore of idiot’s resounding through the ages, from 15th century France to 21st century Britain.

 meditations on violence

34 postcards, image and text, loose-leafed in a box.

Read a sample here

ISBN: 978-1-909506-11-4
First published 27 March 2013

SPECIAL OFFER: buy the Estates of Westeros with SJ Fowler and David Kelly’s Gilles De Rais and pay just £15 for both. To order both, click the buy now button below:
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Gilles de Rais will feature also in the group exhibition, Synesthesia, organised by Leap into the Void and held at the Darnley Gallery, in Hackney, London, from 12th-19th April. 

For more information, see:

SJ Fowler read from Gilles de Rais on Wednesday March 27th during a special Xing the Line event //celebrated the magazine Freaklung// featuring in the magazine Angel Exhaust //at the Apple Tree pub in Clerkenwell, London.

5 thoughts on “Gilles de rais (by SJ Fowler & David Kelly) // LAUNCH :: manchester – – – – – – – – – – – e n e m i e s o f t h e n o r t h @ thecornerhouse || published by ..¨¨…¨¨¨…. like this press

  1. Absolutly mindblowing concept,I cannot wait to see the presented looks and sounds brilliant.


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