Friday, 24 July 2015

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook


London Fortean Society in association with Conway Hall presents:

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions. 
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This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a
Magic Island
celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook's exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture. 


As Seabrook's books begin to be reissued on the 70th anniversary of his death, it is a good time to reassess this deeply Fortean figure.

Roger Luckhurst is Professor in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck and the author of Zombies: A Cultural History.
The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and 'negrophile'.
Roger Luckhurst
£5 Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
Tuesday 8 September 2015
7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, 
London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn / Directions.
Facebook event page

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England’s Churches

7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Strange medieval beasts, knights battling unseen dragons, ships sailing across lime-washed oceans and demons who stalk the walls, not to mention prayers, curses and slanderous comments – Britain’s medieval churches are a treasure-house of graffiti. 

Author and archaeologist Matthew Champion shines a spotlight on a forgotten world of ships, prayers for good fortune, satirical cartoons, charms, curses, windmills, word puzzles, architectural plans and heraldic designs.


7.45pm Thursday 27 August 2015
Sold out. Please contact us regarding returns.
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East