57. ‘This land lives and its dead cannot die’: Steve Ely’s Englaland

Steve Ely’s collections Oswald’s Book of Hours (2013) and Englaland (2015) cut unique trajectories into concepts of England and the English, presenting an unapologetic and paradoxical affirmation of a bloody, bloody-minded and bloody brilliant people.

Danish huscarls, pit-village bird-nesters, ageing prize-fighters, flying pickets, Falklands war heroes and jihadi suicide-bombers  parade through the books.

In this performance, Ely reads from his work and discuss the people, history and landscapes that lies behind it.