Each month at the Elgin in Maida Vale, the Idler magazine brings 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. The ticket includes dinner and a glass of wine or craft ale.
This month we welcome the author performers David Bramwell and Cathi Unsworth who will be entertaining us with odd and dark stories from their latest books.
Cathi Unsworth will be telling us the tales of two controversial World War II mystery cases involving a séance, a witch trial, and a body found in the grounds of a stately home. Were the cases linked? Was witchcraft involved?
David Bramwell will be telling the curious story of a Devonshire plumber who re-invented himself as a Tibetan lama and became a publishing sensation.
More about the speakers:
Cathi Unsworth is the author of six pop-cultural crime novels, many of them based on true unsolved cases and secret histories. None more so then her forthcoming That Old Black Magic (Serpent’s Tail, March 8) which focuses on two true stories of diabolic deeds during World War II: the trial of Helen Duncan under 17th century witchcraft legislation after the Scottish medium brought through a sailor from a sunken vessel to a séance in Porstmouth; and the Hagley Woods mystery, in which foraging schoolboys found the corpse of a woman hidden inside a tree in the grounds of a stately home near Birmingham – a case never solved but still resonating today. Had they used dark forces? Was it the craft of witches or spies that links these two controversial mysteries?
David Bramwell has made programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4, co-presents The Odditorioum podcast and is the author of several books including The No. 9 Bus to Utopia and The Mysterium. He is a frequent performer at The Idler Academy and wrote and presented the Idler Academy online course How To Build Your Own Utopia. A friend once described him as ‘a one-man cottage industry’. ‘I kind of liked that,’ he says.