Monday, 1 April 2019

Her Eyes Were Wild: Fairies and Madness

7.45pm Thursday 25 April 2019
This event has completely sold out. We shall attempt to book a new date. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
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Many today wish to see a fairy; many in the Middle Ages wished that they had not. To encounter a spirit was to be drawn out of the warm world of human solidarity into solitude, wasting, grief and madness. Fairies brought mental illness in their train, and even the healing power of saints found it hard to stitch up a broken mind. 

The fairy mythology provided ready-made narratives for understanding and containing mental disturbance, stories continuing in Irish and Scandinavian culture. Fairies – with their caprice, their deceptions, their insubstantial grandeur – were like the shadows cast by a disordered mind. 

Folklorist Jeremy Harte reveals how mental illness was often ascribed to fairies – and how a troubled person, led astray by fairies, could imagine their way back to human society 

7.45pm Thursday 25 April 2019
This event has completely sold out. We shall attempt to book a new date. 
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street. 
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
Facebook Page

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