Kevin Jackson (1955-2021)

Worple Press is deeply saddened to announce the tragic and premature death of Kevin Jackson. He was a friend and inspiration; working with him was life-enhancing and tremendous fun. He was as generous as he was brilliant; he wore his learning lightly, hated pretentiousness, forever seeking out the comic muse.

Kevin was a friend to Worple from its inception: ‘A Ruskin Alphabet’ (2000) is the product of immense scholarship and a lifelong fascination with Ruskin’s example and precepts. This was followed up with ‘The Verbals’ (2002), a book-long conversation with Iain Sinclair; an introduction to the re-publication of William Hayward’s cult sixties’ novel ‘It Never Gets Dark All Night’ (2012); and then came his beautiful versions of poems by the Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz, in ‘Crimean Sonnets’ (2015).  There was more work in progress.

What Ruskin wrote of Tolstoy, holds true for him: ‘He was one of those rare men who think with their hearts.’ 

Kevin was an Ode to Joy. He will be greatly missed by all of us here.