Born OTD in 1834, British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris. William Morris, the great 19th century craftsman, architect, designer, poet and writer, remains a monumental figure whose influence resonates powerfully today. As an intellectual (and author of the seminal utopian News From Nowhere), his concern with artistic and human values led him to cross what he called the ‘river of fire’ and become a committed socialist-committed not to some theoretical formula but to the day by day struggle of working women and men in Britain and to the evolution of his ideas about art, about work and about how life should be lived.

  Many of his ideas accorded none too well with the reforming tendencies dominant in the Labour movement, nor with … More

Inspired by the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, which published Allen Ginsberg’s seminal poem Howl alongside other political, radical pamphlet-books, these pocket-sized publications bring together counter-culture texts by a wide range of writers, poets, illustrators, photographers and other artists and musicians. Now comes the fourth part of the Editions series, featuring a special collaboration with the William Morris Gallery.

A collaboration between author Will Ashon and Michal Novosad, Rafal’s Saga presents a tale of homeless life in London: the … More