Tuesday, 1 April 2014

May Day in South London and the Jack in the Green

Monday 28 April 2014

The Jack-in-the-Green in Deptford
May Day 2006
£3 / £2 concessions

The Miller, 96 Snowsfields, London Bridge, London SE1 3SS

Stations: London Bridge & Borough

The first day of May has long been a time of riots, revelry, ribaldry and the Jack-in-the-Green, a dancing leafy green giant once seen all over London and revived in Deptford thirty years ago this year by the Fowlers Troop. 

Come hear of London customs and celebrations and protest from Sarah Crofts of the Fowlers Troop, Dave Aylward of Fowlers Troop and Blurt and Neil Transpontine, south London blogger and historian. It will be a night with talks and film that will include chimney-sweep celebrations, possible neo-paganism, anarchists and the story of David Bowie and the Bromley May Queens.

Haunt London will will run regular walks and talks about London history, folklore, thought and lives. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

CAMDEN’S MOST HORRID: a performance of formidable endings

“Theatre of Blood” Event

CAMDEN’S MOST HORRID: a performance of formidable endings

“You are cordially invited to a historical meeting by Dr Evan Cranks who will enthral us with the details from his latest discovery found hidden in the depths of the Camden Catacombs”.
Curious to learn more about one of London’s labyrinth of tunnels, you turn up with note book and pen, however the meeting takes a turn for the worse when the speaker recites the unusual inscription and unleashes...... well let’s just say “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
This Month discover the darker side to Camden’s past and its plethora of unsavoury characters as we continue our theatre/living history performances in a variety of ‘non theatre’ locations

This unique performance has been produced by Phantasmagoria events to highlight the libraries essential role in society as one of one of the few remaining centres of community, many of which could be under threat of closure due to the recent economic crisis.


The Band of Players are an eclectic group of actors who perform a variety of theatrical and living history performances, in order to highlight many of our ancient locations, myths and stories. Everyone is giving their time for free for this project
Many thanks to Holy Cross Community Centre Trust
© All words and content Phantasmagoria Events & London Paranormal 2010-2011

Local Studies Library
Holborn Library
Theobalds Road, WC1
London, United Kingdom
Date: Friday 6th May and Saturday 7th May
Friday: 7.30 – 8.30pm ( doors open 7pm)
Saturday: Matinee – 2.30pm – 3.00pm ( doors open 1.30pm)
Price: Free Admission.


Friday, 4 March 2011

The Goblin King's Banquet

Heston Blumenthal eat your heart out! We present a disturbingly enchanted feast to feed your absurd edible fantasies.
Guerrilla Zoo teams up with famed and deranged food designers Blanch and Shock
For one night only the GoblinKing presents his most ill-frequented and unpopular goblin noshery for all your delectable delicacies!
Join us for a once in a life time experience amongst the bustling goblin hordes deep in the Labyrinth:
Watch in delight and terror grotesque goblin burlesque and twisted cirque performances!
Swoon to sinister live music and dance magic dance!
..and try not to get eaten!

Guerrilla Zoo presents The Goblin King's Banquet
Thursday 14th April 2011
@ Secret London Location
7pm until past the witching hour

The finest wonders of enchanted cuisine in an authentic bustling goblin noshery, with rare and obscure delicacies to tantalise tongues and enslave taste buds, captured and hand crafted by The Goblin King’s famed and deranged food desginers Blanch and Shock.

> Exquisit and ludicrously delicious 3-Course epic feast
> Grotesque Performances & Twisted Cirque
> Sinister Live Music & DJs for magic dances

Details to be revealed...

Tickets strictly limited to 80 seats
£60 (per person)
Buy your ticket NOW! They won't last long

For tickets and dis-information

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror

Bloody Women: From Gothic to Horror

Uncovers women's contributions to horror, from gothic drama to vampire chic. Includes seminal silents by women pioneering the genre, recent classic horror movies made by women, a programme of cutting-edge horror shorts by emerging women filmmakers, and a panel discussion on women's role in the genre.


Jack the Ripper talk & Nights at the Museum

Birkbeck College: 3 March, 7.30pm
Professor Susanne Scholz of Frankfurt University will talk on Jack the Ripper, with a response from Alex Warwick (Westminster), co-editor of Jack the Ripper: Media, Culture, History.

Birkbeck College: 5 March, 6pm
Nights at the Museum – Candlelight, spooky spaces, and cursed objects: Panel with Luisa Cale, Fiona Candlin and Roger Luckhurst.


Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Carnival of Death:Perceptions of Death in Europe and the Americas

Conference and Exhibition dates: 24-26 Feb 2011
Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Keynote speakers: Briony Campbell, Paul Preston, Laurie Lipton

Link here for Programme & Registration form

Please note that completed registration forms and fees MUST be received by Friday, 11th February 2011

The exhibition is free and open to all

Opening times: Thursday & Friday, 9am – 6pm, Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Venue: Jessel Room, Senate House South Block
Artists include Colette Copeland, David Glyn, Erik and Rune Eriksson, Spiros Jacovides, Laurie Lipton, Matt Rowe, Sarah Sparkes

In the most general terms death is defined as the final and irreversible cessation of the vital functions in an organism, the ending of life. However, the precise definition of death and the exact time of the transition from life to death differ according to culture, religion and legal system.

The essential insecurities and doubts over the nature and state of death have affected cultural production since the beginning of civilization. Likewise our attitude towards death is characterised by anxieties and ambiguities. ‘On the one hand the horror of death drives us off, for we prefer life; on the other an element at once solemn and terrifying fascinates us and disturbs us profoundly,’ writes George Bataille. Death can be ‘a consummation devoutly to be wished’ to say it with Hamlet, or ‘a wonderful gain’ to quote Schopenhauer. But while philosophers and poets explore the dark attraction of death, in everyday life we push all thought of it aside. Death, and above all our own death, must not impinge upon the living.

From the beginning of Modernism death and the dying have been pushed from the centre of family and community to the edges of society. The hygienic, clean and sterile spaces of hospitals, hospices and morgues have replaced the intimacy of the home, while cemeteries have been moved from the centre of town to the outskirts. The progress in medical science has lead to an increase in life expectancy in the Western world resulting in an ever ageing population – it seems as though we have almost found a cure for death. Medical apparatus now allow us to keep a body alive and prolong physical existence even after the brain has died – but what then does it mean to be human and how can we die in a humane way? Recent cases of assisted suicide of terminally ill people have sparked off discussions in the UK around the right to die and the dignity of death.

Meanwhile changes in religious believes and practices are turning ancient traditions into commercial enterprises and festivities such as Halloween parties or Mexico’s Día de los muertos or Rio de Janeiro’s carnival , which are marketed as major tourist attractions. Western societies no longer have the time or the space to mourn as they used to. Rather the public mourning and posthumous apotheosis of celebrities such as Princess Di or more recently Michael Jackson appear to have taken the place of the private. Here mourning has become public spectacle, international and accessible to all via TV, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter.

This conference sets out to look at death in the contemporary world and how changes in society since the turn of the 19th century have affected our perceptions of death. It consists of three broad themes which interconnect with each other: Death and Desire; Death and Power; and Rituals and Customs. We invite papers from a wide variety of disciplines and approaches such as: anthropology, art history, cultural studies, film studies, fine art, history, law, literary studies, philosophy, psychology, theology, etc

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

2011 at Treadwells

Coming talks, launches, workshops and events at Treadwells Bookshop
Click here for further details
Most will take place in their new location 33 Store Street, Bloomsbury. see details

26 January 11 (Wednesday)
Gnostic Legacies: The Wilder Shores of Gnosis
Dr Jonathan Hill
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

03 February 11 (Thursday)
A Phallic Night: A Historical Look at 'Phallic Worship'
Phil Hine
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

04 February 11 (Friday)
Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums
The London Magician
Price: £10.00 in advance
Time: 7.15 for 7.30 start

09 February 11 (Wednesday)
'O Great Inanna': A Night of the Sumerian Goddess's Tales
June Peters, Storyteller

Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

16 February 11 (Wednesday)
Demons, Daimons or Angels?: Astral Intelligence in Ficino's Natural Magic
Dr Angela Voss (University of Exeter)
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start celestial 6

17 February 11 (Thursday)
The Monstrous Lesbian II: A Flower of Evil
Lindsay River
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

02 March 11 (Wednesday)
Thomas the Rhymer: The Shamanic Journey in the Ballad
Dr Michael Berman
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

03 March 11 (Thursday)
Power of the Word: Neoplatonism's Gift to Western Magic
Earl Fontainelle (University of Exeter)
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

04 March 11 (Friday)
Through A Glass Darkly: Performance Inspired by Victorian Seances of the Fraudulent Mediums
The London Magician
Price: £10.00 in advance
Time: 7.15 for 7.30 start

20 March 11 (Sunday)
Spring Equinox Ritual: Ceremony at Treadwell's
Marysia Kay and Friends
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

31 March 11 (Thursday)
The Training and work of Sangoma: South African 'Witch Doctor'
Bernie Rowen
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

01 April 11 (Friday)
Launch Party: 'Elementals' Hypno-Sis and Treadwell's
Price: Free but advance RSVP required
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

06 April 11 (Wednesday)
Interview with a Witch: Tam Campbell in conversation with Christina Oakley-Harrington
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

14 April 11 (Thursday)
Towards a Philosophy of Demonology: Far Reaches of Continental Philosophy and the Occult
Dr Patricia MacCormack
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

20 April 11 (Wednesday)
The Virago: Mk II
Elisa Gray
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start virago

21 April 11 (Thursday)
Vodou Flags: Sequined Spirits of Haiti
Gabriel Toso
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

28 April 11 (Thursday)
Crossing over Annan Water: A Scottish Ballad for Magical Journeys
Dr Michael Berman
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

29 April 11 (Friday)
Book Launch Party: Mandrake Press
Price: Free but advance RSVP required
Time: 7.00pm to 9.30 pm

12 May 11 (Thursday)
Demons of the Flesh: Philosophy of Occult Body Modification
Alex Unku
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

24 May 11 (Tuesday)
Polyamory and Paganism:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

25 May 11 (Wednesday)
BDSM and Pagan Spirituality:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

26 May 11 (Thursday)
Ethical Psychic Vampirism:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

27 May 11 (Friday)
Magic and Mysteries in the Northern Tradition:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

28 May 11 (Saturday)
BDSM as a Shamanic Path: Weekend Intensive
Raven Kaldera
Price: see website
Time: Saturday & Sunday all day

31 May 11 (Tuesday)
Queer and Pagan:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

01 June 11 (Wednesday)
Spirit Possession:
Raven Kaldera
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start

09 June 11 (Thursday)
Is nothing sacred?: Radical and Transgressive Frontiers in Chaos Magic
Dr Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University)
Price: £7.00
Time: 7.15 for a 7.30 start