This Sunday 27th, at 2pm, I’ll be speaking at Secret Garden Party:
Music, myth and medicine in the Amazon – ayahuasca and the poetry of experience
Then the following weekend I’ll be doing a workshop / sing-song about harmonic disobedience and actorvism at the Green Gathering with
Blurb about the Secret Garden Party talk:
Music is a central component of all traditional ayahuasca ceremonies, and the Daime ayahuasca ritual consists almost entirely of singing. Where does the poetry and melody come from, and is there anything in it that stands apart from other forms of sacred music?
- Andy Roberts (historian and Fortean Times writer) on the history of the Welsh Psilocybin festival.
- Casey William Hardison (one-time underground chemist) on his bust, incarceration.
- Dr Ben Sessa (psychiatrist and co-founder of Breaking Convention) on medical cannabis.
- Simon G. Powell (author and film-maker) on psilocybin and natural intelligence.read more
Angel of the library
Genie of the pen
Write the demon on the page
And cross him out again
At the State of Magick conference in Leicester next weekend, I’ll be giving a talk about magick and writing called Howling Poetic. I’ll also be performing a poem or two. Conference details here, facebook here, my abstract follows beneath the wing-skull fetish.
In its dreams, visions and urges, the unconscious communicates in the language of poetry. We call out to our gods and familiars, and the world around us answers with rhyme. Synchronicity falls in perfect metre if we stress the right syllables, and even our failures have their own peculiar rhyme scheme.read more
Your good reverend went undercover to join a horde of Vikings from the Reclaim Shakespeare Company to do a pop-up saga at the British Museum, where the BP sponsored Viking exhibition is taking place.
This is our very own Viking seeress interviewed on Channel 4 news!:
And this is the video of the saga:
Brothers & Sisters in Christ and Chaos
Your good pastor took his noisy baritone to the British Museum, to help sing the bassline for theatrical anti-oil marauders the Reclaim Shakespeare Company. But there was no tight-wearing, lyre-bearing this time – the county’s beloved museum was invaded by Vikings, performing a saga of Ice and Fire while fossil-fueled fire harasses the ice at our globe’s poles.
They are gonna be on telly tonight! Channel 4 News
Here’s a message from Reclaim Shakespeare Company:read more
Hi Reverend Nemu, thank you for agreeing to answer some of our questions. Science Revealed, part 1 of the Nemu’s End series, has just been published. The whole project is concerned with the apocalypse, but not necessarily the ‘end of the world’ variety filled with fire and brimstone. Could you tell us about what you mean by the apocalypse, and how it is relevant for people today?
The word apocalypse means unveiling (apo- ‘un-’ + kaluptein ‘to cover’). Other cognates are ‘discovery’ (dis-cover), ‘disclosure’ (dis-close) and ‘revelation’ (re-expressing reversal + velum ‘veil’ in Latin). I’m interested in the lifting of veils, and also the nature of veils themselves – what constructs and maintains the boundaries around us and between us. I’m also fascinated by the antics of apocalyptic thinkers, whether they are of the doomy, the loony, or the shroomy variety.read more