Every month, the Idler magazine will bring together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting. Editor Tom Hodgkinson and Idler Academy director Victoria Hull will be your hosts.
This month, we are delighted to welcome poet Lavinia Greenlaw, who will be talking about William Morris’s travels in Iceland, and historian Ronald Hutton on the history of witchcraft, plus folk music from The Magic Lantern.
Lavinia Greenlaw on William Morris
Poet Lavinia Greenlaw – a self-confessed bad traveller – will talk about William Morris’s adventures in Iceland, why we are drawn to the corner of the map and what’s to be gained by staying at home. Artist in residence at London’s Science Museum, Greenlaw has published five collections of poetry as well as fiction and non-fiction including The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland (Notting Hill Editions). Her immersive sound-work, Audio Obscura, a study of interrupted perception, won the 2011 Ted Hughes Award.
Ronald Hutton on Witchcraft
What is witchcraft? Does it actually work? Is it still a force in the world today, and if so should that worry us? Why did Europeans hold witch hunts and why did they stop doing so? Could they do so again? These are the questions that Ronald Hutton’s talk is designed to answer. Professor of History at the University of Bristol, Hutton has published work on a wide range of subjects including British history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ancient and modern paganism in Britain and the British ritual year. Hutton will be signing copies of his latest book The Witch, on the history of fear and witchcraft, at our dinner.
Here’s a short clip of Prof Hutton speaking about puritanism at the Idler Academy in 2011:
The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, an artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in everyone. Currently recording his third album To The Islands, Jamie Doe is a rising star of London’s diverse music scene with 2016 seeing him as at home performing with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms as singing on Mercury Nominated folk artist Sam Lee’s ‘Lovely Molly’ winning ‘Best Traditional Track’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tonight, he’ll be performing a solo set of songs from his second album Love of Too Much Living.
“Very, very special” – Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“Intriguing, compelling and exceptional. A man to watch” – The Guardian