Royal Babylon: The Case Against The Monarchy

Heathcote Williams discusses his vitriolic work on the English Monarchy

Housmans commiserates another royal anniversary with Heathcote Williams reading from his long-form prose-poem Royal Babylon. The work lays out in verse what Williams calls "the criminal record of the British Monarchy". It is a short but powerful book, detailing the ways in which the Queen and her family have made headlines over the years by activities and connections which, time and again, have shown poor judgment, demeaning behaviour, or a lack of compassion. From animal killing to sexual scandal, profligacy to remoteness from her subjects, the accusations pile up in a 500-verse tirade which has all Williams' hallmarks of passion, satire and irony. Heathcote Williams is an English poet, actor and dramatist, with an idiosyncratic documentary/investigative poetry style which he continues to put to good purpose bringing a diverse range of environmental and political matters to public attention. This event is free, but entry is guaranteed. You need to be registered to book, but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny.


Housmans Bookshop, King's Cross

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