Here are a few opportunities to meet me either online or in person. If you'd like any further information about the events please contact the organiser directly.
Cabaret of the Drowning World: A Variety Spectacle with the Truppe Fledermaus and Very Special Guests
September 10th, 2023. FREE Online Event. Register here
Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick's Tarot of the Drowning World and Sarah Falkner's companion guidebook Dr. Falke's Tarot du Monde Perdu are the interdependent ecosystems in which has germinated a collaborative, rhizomatic, multimodal multimedia online event. Truppe Fledermaus ringleaders Kahn & Selesnick and fellow traveler Falkner will be joined by a troupe of fascinating, erudite and adept colleagues, with Morbid Anatomy programming director and cartomancer Laetitia Barbier hosting a program that includes short introductions to the artists' complete bodies of work; live readings from the guidebook; a live demonstration tarot reading; a mini-symposium of several scholarly and poetic presentations exploring ancient history, art history, divinatory, magical, and sorcerous practice, and ecocriticism; documentary film insight into Kahn & Selesnick and collaborators' process during the making of the cards; and a guided meditation. There will be time for Q & A at the end with Kahn, Selesnick, Falkner, and all the presenting practitioner-scholar-performer-writer-artists: Una Maria Blyth, Maura Coughlin, Erik Jampa Andersson, Sasha Ravitch, David Sater, Damon Stang, and Caroline J Tully.
OCCULTURE Esoteric Conference: Witches! Out of the Broom Closet in 1950s Britain
October 19th-22nd, 2023. Anomalie, Berlin. Register here
“Witches! Out of the Broom Closet in 1950s Britain” investigates a vital period for witchcraft in Britain. Exploring the aftermath of the repeal of the barbarous Witchcraft Act in 1951, we’ll meet a lively crowd of mid-century witches whose influence changed the world’s occult landscape forever.
From Doreen Valiente (“Mother of Modern Witchcraft”) to the witch-next-door personality of Sybil Leek, magical women have often been sidelined in occult spaces and memory in favour of male heavyweights such as Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner. This lecture tells the story of the women impacted by the legal liberation of witchcraft, and the rise of new, thoroughly modern forms of persecution which continue into the present day. This is a tale of tabloid deals gone wrong, Wiccan in-fighting, sex-magical related obscenity trials, and the creative, explosive joy of womanhood (and magic) against all odds.