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Michael Staley: On the Life, Work and Legacy of Austin Osman Spare

10 January 2017: London Michael Staley looks at the life and magick of Austin Osman Spare, Magical Artist, and gives an introduction to his life, work and legacy. The Castle Farringdon 34-35 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6DB Talk starts at 8, be there from 7. £3 Austin Spare was born in London in 1886 – just five minutes’ walk from this Farringdon venue. Spare’s occult preoccupations were at the core of his art. At one time highly regarded as a fine artist, he fell from favour after the First World War and retreated to South London. Here he lived in poverty but continued to produce beautiful and innovative art across a diversity of styles until his death in 1956. Since then, interest in Spare, as both artist and occultist, has grown and his art is increasingly sought after, commanding ever-higher prices at auction. This illustrated talk looks at Spare’s life…
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William Seabrook: Pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’

The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’. A talk at Conway Hall, London, on Tuesday 8th September @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm | £5 This talk will explore the life of William Seabrook (1884-1945), once a celebrated feature writer, journalist, travel writer and friend to many key artists of the New York and Paris Modernist era. Seabrook’s exotic travels led him to join the Bedouins, attempt to eat human flesh in West Africa, experiment with witchery with Aleister Crowley, pay Man Ray to photograph Lee Miller in bondage, and in his most lasting legacy travel to Haiti and publish Magic Island, the book he claimed introduced the zombie to American popular culture. [wpgmza id=”1″] Source: The Inventor of the Zombie: The life and times of William B Seabrook: pervert, drunk, cannibal, occultist and ‘negrophile’ – Conway Hall…
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