Derek Jarman

Moving Pictures of a Painter

Month: February 2014

Keith Collins reads two poems by Derek Jarman

Keith Collins reads the two poems Moon and Moon II from Derek Jarman’s book A Finger in the Fishes Mouth, which was reprinted after more than forty years and presented on 19th February 2014, twenty years after his death, at the London Review Bookshop.  Find more details about this reading here.

Sophie Mayer reads from Derek Jarman’s
A Finger in the Fishes Mouth

Sophie Mayer reads from Derek Jarman’s A Finger in the Fishes Mouth on the occasion of the presentation of the book at the London Review Bookshop on 19th February 2014:


Photo portraits of Derek Jarman
by Raymond Dean

The photographer Raymond Dean made a book with many of his photo portraits of Derek Jarman (whom Raymond knew well and photographed often) which  has been published recently to mark the 20 year anniversary of Jarman’s death.

Raymond Dean is a Canadian born photographer who left Canada after a few years in the navy for the UK to study photography at the Guildford School of Art. His first exhibition was at the Wig & Pen club in London and he contributed still photography to the Oscar winning documentary Dylan Thomas by Jack Howells. You can find more about the author here and his book.

Book Launch
A Finger in the Fishes Mouth

An extremely rare poetry book from Derek Jarman, A finger in the fishes mouth has been published by Test Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death. The book will be launched by a special event at the London Review Bookshop on 19th February 2014, 20 years to the day since Jarman’s death: Derek’s partner Keith Collins and his biographer Tony Peake are joined by Ali Smith and Sophie Mayer to consider the poetic in Derek’s oeuvre and to read from the collection. The evening is hosted by Gareth Evans.

This book has been originally published in 1972, but the majority of the first edition having been destroyed by Jarman and was unavailable for over 40 years. This edition makes it possible to have a view at this missing link. The facsimile retains the book’s original format, with a silver mirror cover, and an image accompanying each poem, printed in a striking green ink. Additional material comes in the form of a new foreword and afterwords by Sophie Mayer, Tony Peake and Keith Collins. This book is the only published book as part of Jarman2014 a yearlong season of events to celebrate Jarman’s life and work.

This book is available to buy on this link and you’ll find more information about the special event  here.

Derek Jarman: Sites and Spaces

Today the University College London (UCL) commemorates the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman’s death with a study focused on the spaces of his life and work. This Urban Laboratory day is structured around different spatial scales, from the urban to the rural and there will be talks, readings, installations and screenings with a strong relation to Jarman’s art, films, writing, gardening and activism, including the Slade where he studied between 1963-67.

There are a number of talks and discussions with e.g. the novelist Alan Hollinghurst, the artist Dr Hilary Powell,  the  architect, academic and author of Weather Architecture (2012), Professor Jonathan Hill, Professor Stephen Farthing RA, co-editor of Derek Jarman’s Sketchbooks (2013), and many others.

Find out more here

You can listen to the introduction speech by Ben Campkin and Jayne Parker here: