The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde’s “The Ballad of Reading Gaol” is very dark pyschological poem describing conditions in the gaol and the story of the execution of Charles Thomas Wooldridge. It is full of vivid imagery. Twenty local artists are producing work inspired by the ballad, and showing it 31st August – 15th Sept at The Turbine House at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock in an exhibition entitled “In Reading Gaol by Reading Town”. The exhibition is curated by Linda Saul the originator of the hug idea, and Jenny Halstead.