Heathcote Williams RIP
Heathcote Williams, poet, playwright, essayist, lyricist, actor, artist, magician, political activist and much else besides, died 1 July 2017 at the age of 75. He was one of the first signatories to the Open Letter that initiated the No Glory in War campaign, and contributed many poems, articles and videos to our website.
Heathcote Williams was compulsively creative and the range and volume of his archive over the past 50 years is in many ways unique. In his obituary, Adrian Jackson, who directed Heathcote's final play earlier this year, wrote: "There are few equivalents I can think of now, who have the breadth of vision, righteous anger, wit and passion for the poor and downtrodden."
Among tbe pieces posted on the No Glory Website were:
- My Dad and my Uncle were in World War One
- What Harry Patch said that made Tony Blair scuttle away
- The Cat Who was Shot for Treason
- Balls to war - when a world war stopped to play football
Heathcote Williams had an extraordinary life and his work lies very much in the radical tradition of William Blake, Shelley and Byron. He will be very much missed. For information about his life and examples of his work see Public Reading Rooms.