Each month, the Idler magazine brings together a great collection of writers, speakers and musicians for an evening of fun and feasting, now at the wonderful Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market. 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 psychedelic researcher Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and author and Unbound co-founder Dan Kieran, plus more entertainment tbc.
Once dismissed as either dangerous or subversive or both, LSD, magic mushrooms and DMT are coming back into the medical mainstream. Studies worldwide are finding that controlled doses can lead to a lifting of depression and a lessening of the fear of death. Dr Robin Carhart-Harris of Imperial College London discusses the latest research into psychedelics and their therapeutic value.
Dan Kieran will be talking about his new book, The Surfboard, an account of a week he spent in Cornwall building a seven-foot surfboard, even though he had never surfed in his life, and reflecting on the obstacles and rewards encountered while starting and then running a successful company. He’ll also talk about how to get your own book published.
The dinner will be held at Coin Laundry on Exmouth Market with its superb modern English menu sourced from small local suppliers. There’s been a venue on this corner since the thirteenth century serving local spa waters before it became a pub, and now it has been stylishly brought up to date as a restaurant and bar.
More about the speakers
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris is the Founder and Head of the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London. He leads a series of brain imaging studies into the brain effects of LSD, psilocybin, MDMA and DMT, plus a clinical trial of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression. In 2016 and 2017, three of his papers ranked within the top 100 for impact of all scientific papers.
Dan Kieran is co-founder and CEO of Unbound. Before that he was a Sunday Times Bestselling author, publishing twelve books including Crap Towns (the first viral internet phenomenon to turn into a bestselling book), The Idle Traveller (known as Slow Travel – Die Kunst des Reisens in Germany where it was a bestseller and called travel book of the year by Die Zeit ) and Three Men In A Float – the story of his journey across England in a 1957 electric milk float. He was Deputy Editor of the Idler for many years and still writes occasionally for The Guardian, Times, Telegraph and Die Zeit. He has given talks and workshops on raising money, entrepreneurship and how to have ideas at UCL, UCA, the Do Lectures, Cambridge University, the Idler and the European Parliament.