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November 2017
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Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress

Friday 3 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Valentine Penrose, Surreal Occultress Lecture -  Dr Sabina Stent “Valentine Penrose (1898-1978) liked to think of herself as a witch”.  So writes a biographer of this remarkable artist. Valentine Penrose was  a poet, collagist,  and Erzsébet Báthory biographer, and her name frequently crops up in volumes of women artists and the surrealist moment. In spite of this, she has never been studied in depth,  even though she is often mentioned in in collected works on alchemy and esoteric Surrealism.  Penrose was…

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Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England

Saturday 4 November @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Dragons! From China to Alchemy to Medieval England Afternoon Lecture - Ruth Clydesdale Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition The Harry Potter novels revived interest in mythical creatures and none moreso than the dragon. This engaging illustrated slide lecture is held to coincide with the British Library's Harry Potter Exhibition, and it brings the legends and lore of dragons to life. We meet the dragons of China, of English landscape lore and of alchemy, and through that journey better understand…

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Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light

Thursday 16 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light - Lecture - Matt Wingett From early in his medical Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by the paranormal. In 1887 – the year his first Sherlock Holmes novel was published – he became convinced of the existence of spirits. Even as the fame of his ultra-rational creation grew, Doyle investigated poltergeists, spirit photography and much more. Then, as the deaths of the Great War mounted, he announced to a shocked world…

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Making Monsters for Harry Potter

Saturday 18 November @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Making Monsters for Harry Potter Afternoon Lecture - Madeleine Spencer Coinciding with the British Library Harry Potter Exhibition Special effects artist Madeleine Spencer is an internationally acknowledged expert in crafting SFX monsters for films; she wrote the leading book on the subject, teaches online, and has fans worldwide. Having 17 years experience in the film industry, Madeleine helped to bring some of your favourite creatures and characters to life including some of those on The Harry Potter films, which she did while…

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Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare

Monday 20 November @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Alchemical Symbolism in Shakespeare Lecture - Paul Cowlan The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have been called 'the golden age of religious hermeticism' (Jean Dagen), a period when alchemy was the greatest passion of the age, and when some of its most prestigious texts were printed. It was also the age of Shakespeare In this illustrated lecture Paul Cowlan explores the significance of Hermeticism, neo-platonism and Paracelsus in the intellectual world of Shakespeare's contemporaries; and more particularly, its influence on Shakespeare…

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Kenneth Grant’s First Typhonian Trilogy

Thursday 30 November @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Kenneth Grant's First Typhonian Trilogy Lecture - Michael Staley British occultist Kenneth Grant (1924-2011) achieved fame with his Typhonian Trilogies, published across thirty years from 1972, which were woven from his magical adventures of the preceding decades. The first three books are The Magical Revival (1972), Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God (1973), and Cults of the Shadow (1975) .  In these, Grant explores and conjures with the Typhonian Tradition, Advaita Vedanta, Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and Michael Bertiaux, and the…

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December 2017
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Fairies – Human Relations in British Lore

Monday 4 December @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom

Fairies - Human Relations in British Lore Lecture - John Kruse The British lore of fairies has long fascinated folklorists, but tonight's speaker is a researcher who has examined fairies in terms of theme, with some surprising results. Tonight he talks to us about how, according to folklore, humans and fairies engage with one another, and how those relationships are negotiated by the rules of gift, taboo and seduction.  Tonight's speaker looks at the nuts and bolts of how to deal…

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