23rd April 2023
Jennifer Cooper produces this monthly ‘Vigil Aunty’ newsletter. Together with Mark Juhan, Jenn has been instrumental in keeping the Crossbones Vigils going since John Crow bowed out in 2019. The latest issue gives details of the St George’s Day Vigil and explains why the 23rd April is such a significant date in the Crossbones calendar. Aside from being St George’s Day (George and an irrepressible Welsh Dragon make a welcome return to this year’s Vigil), it’s also the date of the premiere of ‘The Southwark Mysteries’ on 23rd April 2000 in Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral. John Constable’s play set Cross Bones Graveyard at the very heart of the Mysteries. So, a 23rd anniversary!
Good to see how the outcasts’ graveyard and our work there since 1996 has embedded itself in the history and living culture of London. You can attend the Vigil in person at the gates in Redcross Way (gather 6.45 to begin on the stroke of 7pm) or join the online Zoom gathering – full details at end of newsletter.