Tuesday, 10 May 2022

City of the Beast The London of Aleister Crowley

7.45 Tuesday 5 July 2022

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I dreamed I was paying a visit to London. It was a vivid, long, coherent, detailed affair of several days, with so much incident that it would make a good-sized volume.

Aleister Crowley


Philip Baker combines biography and pyschogeography to trace Aleister Crowley's life in London.

Crowley had a love-hate relationship with London, but the city was where he spent much of his adult life, and it was the capital of the culture that created him: Crowley was a post-decadent with deviant Victorian roots in the cultural ferment of the 1890s and the magical revival of the Golden Dawn.

Not a walking guide, although many routes could be pieced together from its pages, this is a biography by sites. A fusion of life-writing with psychogeography, steeped in London's social history from Victoria to the Blitz, it draws extensively on unpublished material and offers an exceptionally intimate picture of the Great Beast.

Phil’s book, City of the Beast The London of Aleister Crowley, follows Crowley as he searches for prostitutes in Hyde Park and Pimlico, drinks absinthe and eats Chinese food in Soho, and find himself down on his luck in Paddington Green—and never quite losing sight of the illumination that drove him: “the abiding rapture,” he wrote in his diary, “which makes a 'bus in the street sound like an angel choir!”


City of the Beast The London of Aleister Crowley will be available on the night.

Phil Baker’s other books include The Dedalus Book of Absinthe, a biography of Dennis Wheatley, 'The Devil is a Gentleman, Austin Osman Spare: The Life & Legend of London's Lost Artist and critical works on Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs. He lives in London.

7.45 Tuesday 5 July 2022

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William Blake and Heaven and Hell (with Puppet William Blake)

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Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets meet the Ancient of Days.

7pm doors Tuesday 7 June 2022

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The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake's most extraordinary works - at times outrageous, radical, heretical, profound, bewildering and very funny. Come and join John Higgs - the author of William Blake Vs The World - for a reading of this magnificent little book, as he attempts to understand both the text and what it reveals about William Blake himself.


Puppet William Blake

Myra Stuart channels the wisdom and weirdness of ages through cuddly fleece. Expect Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets meet the Ancient of Days.

Hopefully more Blakean ephemera to be confirmed.

John Higgs is a writer who specialises in finding previously unsuspected narratives, hidden in obscure corners of our history and culture, which can change the way we see the world. In the words of MOJO magazine, “Reading John Higgs is like being shot with a diamond. Suddenly everything becomes terrifyingly clear”.

William Blake Vs The World will be available on the night via The Word Bookshop.


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7pm Tuesday 7 June 2022

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England on Fire: A Visual Journey through Albion’s Psychic Landscape

7.15pm Tuesday 28 June 2022 

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'....magic and mazes, ghosts and gardens, shipwrecks and cities. '



Mat Osman (founding member of Suede, author of The Ruins) and world-renowned image hunter Stephen Ellcock discuss with Cathi Unsworth (and some special guests) the anarchic magic of their collaboration England on Fire. Here you will find depictions of ancient trackways, chalk carvings and standing stones, of animal-masked community rituals, of streets set ablaze in protest, of occult dreams and psychedelic prophecies.

Forget the tired gallery of lords and ladies, forget the tall ships and haywains. These images cut to the heart of England’s psychic landscapes to portray an Albion unhinged, where magic and rebellion and destruction are the horses to which the country is hitched. On these fabled shores we are all castaways.

Mat and Stephen explore magic and mazes, ghosts and gardens, shipwrecks and cities. These poetic renderings of a spectral isle, together with Stephen’s hallucinatory visual journey, reclaiming Albion as an eternally inspiring and anarchic domain – an England on fire.

England on Fire: A Visual Journey Through England's Psychic Landscape will be available on the night. It contains over 200 images by artists ranging from William Blake, J.M.W. Turner and Samuel Palmer to Paul Nash, Louis Wain, Bill Brandt, Derek Jarman and Ithell Colquhoun to present-day visionaries such as Paula Rego, Cathy de Monchaux, George Shaw, Jamie Reid, Matt Collishaw, Tacita Dean, Lina Iris Viktor, Yinka Shonibare, Nick Waplington, Dan Hillier, Nicola Tyson, Sutapa Biswas and Chila Kumari Burman. The mind-blowing selection of images is accompanied by short texts by Mat Osman.

7.15pm Tuesday 28 June 2022 

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Scurrilous Satire: Political Cartoons Past and Present

 7.45pm Tuesday 31 May 2022

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In the 18th and 19th centuries artists like William Hogarth, James Gillray and George Cruikshank created political and social satire, often with blatant rudeness, to ridicule the high and mighty and to highlight social issues. In a highly-illustrated talk award-winning political cartoonist Martin Rowson (the Guardian etc) discusses their work and shows how they have inspired his own scathing and often extremely graphic work.

In a full-page editorial in 2017, in response to one of his Guardian cartoons, the Daily Mail denounced him and his work as “disgusting, deranged … sick and offensive”. Not for the faint-hearted! 

 7.45pm Tuesday 31 May 2022

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A History of Delusions

7.15pm Wednesday 25 May 2022 

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The brain can misfire in extraordinary ways…


Where do delusions come from and what do they mean? For centuries, delusions have been dismissed as something for doctors to sort out behind closed doors. But delusions are more than just bizarre quirks: they hold the key to collective anxieties and traumas.

The King of France – thinking he was made of glass – was terrified he might shatter…and he wasn’t alone.

After the Emperor met his end at Waterloo, an epidemic of Napoleons piled into France’s asylums.

Throughout the nineteenth century, dozens of middle-aged women tried to convince their physicians that they were, in fact, dead.

For centuries we’ve dismissed delusions as something for doctors to sort out behind locked doors. But delusions are more than just bizarre quirks – they hold the key to collective anxieties and traumas..

Based on the Radio 4 series of the same name, Victoria Shepherd’s book A History of Delusions is a groundbreaking history which uncovers stories of delusions from medieval times to the present day. 

Victoria Shepherd conceived and produced the ten-part series A History of Delusions for BBC Radio 4. She has produced scores of documentaries and major strands for BBC Radio 4. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from the University of East Anglia.

7.15pm Wednesday 25 May 2022 

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Friday, 1 April 2022

The Last Witches of England: the Bideford Witches

For Bideford, it was said, was a place of witches.


7.45 Tuesday 3 May 2022
£5 / £2 Concessions Advance Booking
The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
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Covid precautions: Please take a lateral flow before attending. This event may be cancelled and moved to online. We shall keep you posted.

On the morning of Thursday 29 June 1682, a magpie came rasping, rapping and tapping at the window of a prosperous Devon merchant. Frightened by its appearance, his servants and members of his family had, within a matter of hours, convinced themselves that the bird was an emissary of the devil sent by witches to destroy the fabric of their lives. As the result of these allegations, three women of Bideford came to be forever defined as witches. A Secretary of State brushed aside their case and condemned them to the gallows; to hang as the last group of women to be executed in England for the crime. Yet, the hatred of their neighbours endured. For Bideford, it was said, was a place of witches.

Though 'pretty much worn away' the belief in witchcraft still lingered on for more than a century after their deaths. In turn, ignored, reviled, and extinguished but never more than half-forgotten, it seems that the memory of these three women - and of their deeds and sufferings, both real and imagined – was transformed from canker to regret, and from regret into celebration in our own age. Indeed, their example was cited during the final Parliamentary debates, in 1951, that saw the last of the witchcraft acts repealed, and their names were chanted, as both inspiration and incantation, by the women beyond the wire at Greenham Common.

John Callow explores this remarkable reversal of fate, and the remarkable tale of the Bideford Witches.

John Callow is an author, historian and trade unionist. He has written widely on Early Modern witchcraft, politics and popular culture. His books include Witchcraft & Magic in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe (co-authored with Professor Geoffrey Scarre); James II: King in Exile; and Embracing the Darkness: A Cultural History of Witchcraft.

His book The Last Witches of England: A Tragedy of Sorcery and Superstition (2021 Bloomsbury Academic) will be available on the night. 

He has appeared on the BBC’s The One Show to discuss the roots of Hallowe’en; on the BBC Radio 4 documentary, It Must be Witchcraft; Find My Past's The Great Fire of London; and the Discovery Channel's four-part series, The Salem Witches.

7.45 Tuesday 3 May 2022
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The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS
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Thursday, 3 February 2022

Precognitive Dreams: Synchronicity and Coincidence

Can we see the future in our dreams?

Image: Dreaming by Hartwig HKD on Flickr

7.45 Tuesday 5 April 2022

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Renowned esoteric writer Gary Lachman has been recording his own precognitive dreams for forty years. In this unique and intriguing talk Lachman recounts the discovery that he dreams 'ahead of time', and argues convincingly that this extraordinary ability is, in fact, shared by all of us.

His latest book Dreaming Ahead of Time is a personal exploration of precognition, synchronicity and coincidence drawing on the work of thinkers including J.W. Dunne, J.B. Priestly and C.G. Jung. Lachman's description and analysis of his own experience introduces readers to the uncanny power of our dreaming minds, and reveals the illusion of our careful distinctions between past, present and future.

Gary Lachman (1955- ) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a


full time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe.His work has been translated into several languages.

Gary's book Dreaming Ahead of Time: Experiences with Precognitive Dreams, Synchronicity and Coincidence will be available on the night from The Word bookshop.

7.45 Tuesday 5 April 2022

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