London’s Lost Rivers author Tom Bolton will be leading a new series of walking tours in July and August, details below. We strongly advise advance booking as they are sure to be popular.
Meanwhile you can still buy copies of his book from us, and we’ll have news of his follow up, The Vanished City, soon.
London’s Lost Rivers – walks with Tom Bolton
Sat 19 July – Tyburn river walk
Sat 19 July – Fleet river walk
Sun 3 August – Neckinger river walk
Sun 3 August – Walbrook river walk
Walk the lost Tyburn river
Baker Street station to Vauxhall Bridge, 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours
10.30am, Saturday 19th July
The Tyburn is one of London’s lost rivers, infamous for the gallows named after it. It traces a route through Marylebone and Mayfair, cutting behind formal streets, hidden in London’s busy West End and under London’s most famous building. Follow the lower Tyburn with Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers, and see the underside of the London tourists know.
Meet by the Sherlock Holmes statue outside Baker Street tube station at 10am on Sunday 3rd August. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain – we’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. End point: Vauxhall Bridge. The walk costs £10. Pay on arrival (cash only). Emailteabolton@hotmail.com to book.
Walk the lost Fleet river
King’s Cross to Blackfriars, 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours
2pm, Saturday 19th July
Under the London pavements are the city’s lost rivers, hidden in tunnels and sewers. The most famous, the Fleet, runs just below the surface of central London. Follow the lower Fleet from St. Pancras to Blackfriars with Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers, and hear how the river ran with blood, cured the sick, shaped the city and became London myth. End point: the Thames at Blackfriars Bridge
Meet outside the Pancras Road exit from St. Pancras Station – the one opposite the German Gymnasium and King’s Boulevard – at 2pm on Saturday 19th July. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain – we’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. End point: the Thames at Blackfriars Bridge. The walk costs £10 – pay on arrival (cash only). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Walk the lost Neckinger river
South Bank to the Design Museum, 3.5 miles, 2.5 hours
10.30am, Sunday 3rd August
Cutting through the South Bank and Bermondsey, this walk along the buried route of the River Neckinger reveals South London’s visionaries, dissidents, madmen and women and a selection of well-known household brands.
Meet by the Thames at Bernie Spain Gardens, the open space between Coin Street and the Oxo Tower Wharf, at 10.30am on Sunday 3rd August. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain – we’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. End point: St. Saviour’s Dock, near the Design Museum. The walk costs £10 – pay on arrival (cash only). Email email@example.com to book.
Walk the lost Walbrook river
Shoreditch High Street to Cannon Street, 1.75 miles, 2 hours
2pm, Sunday 3rd August
The Walbrook is buried deep under the City of London, providing not only the most direct route into the vaults of the Bank of England, but guarding London’s Roman heart. Follow the route of the Walbrook with Tom Bolton, author of London’s Lost Rivers, and uncover the ancient secrets lurking under alleys and back streets.
Meet outside the exit from Shoreditch High Street Overground station at 2pm on Sunday 3rd August. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain – we’ll go ahead, whatever the weather. End point: the Thames beside Cannon Street Station. The walk costs £10 – pay on arrival (cash only). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
The excellent new Comics Unmasked exhibition at the British Library contains work by two SAP artists, Savage Pencil, author of Trip or Squeek’s Big Amplifier, and Alexander Tucker, artist of the Andromeon postcard set. The Influencing Machine author Mike Jay also has some early writing on display.
There are numerous special events and guests scheduled for the exhibition, and as part of these, on Friday 16 May, Mark Pilkington will also be leading tours of the exhibition’s collection of magical texts and artworks, including material from Dr John Dee, Aleister Crowley and Freida Harris. More details to follow.
[photo by Etienne Gilfillan]
‘I was born at the full moon atop a crescent-shaped hill, the main mineral found (t)here being selenite, and I have a slightly rough-edged crescent birthmark on my left forearm … so I was obviously destined to be either a werewolf or a lunatic.’ Steve Moore, 2011
We’re deeply sad to announce that Steve Moore, author of Somnium and a regular contributor to Strange Attractor Journal, passed away over the weekend, under a beautiful Spring full Moon.
Steve was a warm, wise and gentle man, with a surreal sense of humour and an astoundingly deep knowledge that covered history, the I Ching, forteana, magic, oriental mysticism, martial arts cinema, science fiction, underground comics and worlds more.
Steve was amongst the earliest members of the Gang of Fort, who launched Fortean Times magazine in the early 1970s, and later edited its scholarly journal Fortean Studies. He was also the author of a great many influential comics and short stories for publications including 2000AD, Warrior, Dr Who magazine and, most recently, the Hercules series for Radical Publishing. At the time of his death he was working on a number of new projects, including his ongoing, privately published Tales of Telguuth and The Bumper Book of Magic, with his lifelong friend Alan Moore.
In 2011 Steve gave a rare interview to Aug Stone of The Quietus, while Alan Moore’s book and album project, Unearthing, explored Steve’s life, their friendship and their magical relationship in great detail.
Steve and Strange Attractor had recently been discussing a paperback edition of Somnium, as well as a collected Tales of Telguuth, and we hope to be able to make these available, in Steve’s honour, in the near future.
‘Pay attention to his spectacles, refracted light turning the puzzled eyes beyond the lenses into abstract clots of pearl and white. Just change the point of view a little, move an inch or so to one side or the other and the optical illusion fails… There’s nobody there, was never anybody there except a fluctuation in the visual purple, a perceptual misunderstanding, trick of moonlight.’
Alan Moore, Unearthing
Steve Moore 1949 – 2014
A NIGHT OF ASTRAL EARTH PLANE MUSIC SURROUNDED BY THE PSYCHIC PAINTINGS OF ETHEL LE ROSSIGNOL
FEATURING THE STARGAZER’S ASSISTANT, ALEXANDER TUCKER AND JOSEPH LEWIS.
“In true hearing, the voices of the archangelic realm carry unimaginable ecstasies which overcome the spirit, revivifying springs of harmony within and without.” From A Goodly Company (1933), received from the spiritual spheres by Ethel Le Rossignol.
The Stargazer’s Assistant – David J Smith, David Knight and Michael J York. Eyes closed, ears wide open, we are given freedom to dream the void.
“Music of rare emotional power, of penetrating beauty, with the capacity to extend and enhance its listeners’ understanding; it is, in other words, the real deal.” Oliver Arditi
Alexander Tucker – “[A] mixture of the hauntingly familiar and the unaccountably strange… conjures [a] thrilling sense of disorientation and wonderment.” The Quietus
Joseph Lewis – “Joseph Lewis’ hurdy gurdies chart an alternative folklore of the British Isles. Produced through a rigorous study of ancient craft traditions and folk symbols, these instruments are nevertheless a celebration of an anarcho-democratic and carnivalesque tradition.” Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Book tickets here
A GOODLY COMPANY
ETHEL LE ROSSIGNOL
A SERIES OF PSYCHIC DRAWINGS GIVEN THROUGH HER
HAND AS AN ASSURANCE OF SURVIVAL AFTER DEATH
The Horse Hospital, 1 Colonnade, WC1N 1JD
PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 21st February 2014, from 7.30pm
EXHIBITION: Sat 22nd Feb – Sat 22nd Mar, Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm
Presented by The College of Psychic Studies & Strange Attractor
“This sequence of designs is shown to open the eyes of all men to the glorious world of spiritual power which lies about them.”
Between 1920 and 1933 spirit medium Ethel Le Rossignol created a series of 44 paintings, 21 of which belong to The College of Psychic studies and will be on display with accompanying texts describing what she refers to as the Sphere of Spirit.
Radiant, psychedelic and ecstatic, her vision of the spirit world is consistent, coherent and stunningly beautiful, depicting a luminous realm of kaleidoscopic colour, inhabited by elegant sylphs, bejewelled apes and astral tigers.
Ethel’s channelled paintings reveal a world of pure light, colour and energy. Incorporating aspects of Art Deco, popular playbills, Eastern mysticism, mandalas and miniatures, they radiate an ecstatic joy, and are prescient of the psychedelic art that would emerge several decades later.
As a medium Ethel took no credit for the actual work, identifying a spirit known only as J.P.F. as the real artist. J.P.F himself claimed to be channelling another group of spirits, who wanted to impart the secrets of the soul to those of us still on the physical plane.
At present very little is known about Ethel le Rossignol’s life, though we hope that this exhibition might prompt new discoveries. There are clues in her writing that she lost a friend, perhaps relatives, in World War One, and that this encouraged her interests in afterlife communications, which boomed in the inter-war years. Certainly she had a great interest in mediumistic spiritualism, attending lectures and demonstrations on the subject in London.
Ethel died in 1970 and her paintings, and copies of her privately printed book, A Goodly Company, were donated to the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington. The paintings have been on display in rooms at the College for many years but, as far as we know, this is both the first time that they have ever been exhibited outside the College, and the first time that they have all been seen together in one space.
Encountering the whole Goodly Company assembled in one gallery promises to be a powerful exposure to the astral light and the love that she and her spirit friends so wanted to convey.
October will see the long overdue publication of Vulcanic Tryst, two new meteoritic texts texts by B. Catling and Iain Sinclair, followed by Airborne, the memoirs of pilot, broadcaster and author, Lance Sieveking.
After several years in gestation …or a blind man’s carven star, a double CD of deep microtonal drift and gently curling sonic incense by Spectral is almost ready to see the light of day on our Further Recordings micro-label. This will appear in an initial, handmade, artist’s edition of 20 copies. More info here, and an ordering page will be online in a matter of days.
We’ve got several more projects at various stages of completion, some of them wonderous in the extreme, so do check in here for more details.
Please note that England’s Hidden Reverse will be published in late Spring 2014 in standard and very special editions. Please don’t email us asking for details – we’ll make them available on this site when we’re ready.
Arts Catalyst and Strange Attractor present:
The Living World: Animism in the 21st Century
9 July 2013, 7pm onwards
The Arts Catalyst
50-54 Clerkenwell Road
London EC1M 5PS
£4 plus booking fee [book tickets here]
How does our relationship to the world change if everything is alive?
Author Erik Davis and historian of shamanism Robert Wallis discuss traditional and contemporary approaches to animism and consider what it means to be an animist in an age when our technologies increasingly take on the semblance of life.
In the second part of the evening, Erik Davis will read with a live modular synthesiser accompaniment from The Asterism and MISTY. With live and found sounds sculpted by the application of multiple random voltages, MISTY will be free to express its soul.
Erik Davis is an American cultural critic, scholar and journalist, in his recent catalogue essay Mark Leckey’s exhibition The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things he describes a world exploding with technologies, products, and material processes that challenge our conceptual categories with their apparent intelligence and animation. Also author of Nomad Codes, Techgnosis, The Visionary State and Led Zeppelin, Erik Davis’ work has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines.
Robert Wallis is an author, art historian and academic specialising in contemporary and historical shamanic practices. He is the author of Shamans / neo-Shamans:Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans and has contributed to and edited numerous books and journals on the subject.
The Asterism is the solo musical project of author and Strange Attractor Press founder Mark Pilkington.
SAP present two new fine art prints from the work of Austin Osman Spare, presented in collaboration with artist and musician Ossian Brown.
Effloration (above left) is a stunning and vibrant magical pastel originally exhibited, as was customary for Spare, in two South London pubs – the Mansion House Tavern in 1952 and The White Bear in 1953.
Mask (above right) is one of a number created by Spare in the early 1930s, and shows off his own idiosyncratic take on the Art Deco style to fine effect.
Each Giclée print is presented on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper and produced to archival standards. Prints are hand-numbered, blind-embossed with an ‘AOS’ signature, and come with a certificate of provenance.
Available only from Strange Attractor Shoppe
To celebrate 6 years of Electric Sheep magazine, for February we’re offering their anthology, The End, for only £9.99.
‘Refreshing and original’ say Frieze magazine.
‘Electric Sheep is idiosyncratic, ‘intelligent, informed and it really knows and cares about cinema. Long may it prosper.’ The Wire
Get it here!
The book features entirely new and exclusive written and visual material from contributors including:
Jim Harper (Flowers from Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror Film)
Greg Klymkiw (producer of Guy Maddin’s Careful)
Frances Morgan (former editor of Plan B Magazine)
James Rose (Beyond Hammer: Contemporary British Horror Cinema)
Jack Sargeant (Deathtrippping: The Extreme Underground)
Get it here!
As a taster for Ken Holling’s forthcoming book from SAP, Bright Labyrinth, you can now revisit Ken’s BBC Radio 3 series Requiem for Networks, broadcast in March 2011.
Ken looks at the Victorian roots of contemporary network technology, the militarisation of the network, our relationship to computers and other inanimate objects, and the meaning of the cloud.