Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland
The Victorian artist and activist William Morris travelled to Iceland in search of an answer to the problem of how to live. His intimate journals, written for a friend, unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision.
Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’s prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home.
‘Greenlaw has brilliantly found a new form for writing about Morris, and for this we can only be grateful.’ – Tony Pinkney in William Morris Unbound