The World of Interiors

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, 2014, collage for The World of Interiors

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Collage for Journal of a Literary Tour Guide
The World of Interiors
October 2014


The October issue of The World of Interiors features a collaborative collage of ours with reference to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, TS Eliot’s The Waste Land, and Henry II’s pilgrimage of penitence in 1174, created to accompany an article by Henry Eliot about literary walking tours.


I organise literary tours. Some are large scale, such as the public ‘Pre-Raphaelite Pilgrimage’ I ran for the National Trust between The George Inn in Southwark and William Morris’s Red House in Bexleyheath, for which musicians, artists and storytellers were dotted along the route in hidden gardens; and some are smaller, like a recent trip with four friends, retracing John Clare’s footsteps from his asylum in Epping Forest to his cottage in Northborough. Clare walked the route in an impressive four days, and ate grass; we allowed ourselves a little more leeway. Often the number is about 20, which is what we’ll be in October this year, when we stay in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s house in Keswick and explore the scenery that inspired the Lake Poets. Literature is best approached on foot; it’s fitting that we measure poetry in metre, feet and lines. The natural cadence of walking mirrors the rhythms of reading and writing, and brings the words to life.
(Henry Eliot, The Word on the Street, Journal of a Literary Tour Guide, The World of Interiors, October 2014, page 408)


Additional collages commissioned by The World of Interiors,
Time on his Hands, Journal of a Ceramic Artist, 2012
Greeks Bearing Gifts, Journal of a Collector, 2008
The Genuine Article, Journal of a Collector, 2009