Monthly Archives: August 2015

Lessons in Lunacy and Lycanthropy

TWerewolf1he first weekend of September will witness an intriguing first, in the shape of Britain’s only ever academic werewolf conference. Held at the University of Hertfordshire, and entitled ‘The Company of Wolves: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives – Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans’, attendees can hear papers with intriguing titles like ‘Wolf Children’, ‘The Sound of the Cinematic Werewolf’, and ‘Werewolves and Paranormal Romance’. Other events include a visit to the 18th century grave of a local ‘wolf boy’, a lycanthropic antique magic lantern show, and an opportunity to ‘walk with wolves’ at the nearby UK Wolf Conservation Trust. Continue reading

Mera Luna 2015

 

 

11846527_10155911068510022_3891164095220253000_nAlthough I have been to many German festivals before, this was the first time I sampled M’era Luna. Just a half hour from Hannover, this festival has been going since 2000 in its current incarnation (FKP Scorpio, the organsing body, previously ran this festival in conjunction with Zillo magazine, and decided to keep it on under the flag “M’era Luna” after the cooperation ended in 1999 – you can read my interview with the organisers here). Based at what appears to be a disused airport in Hildesheim, just a half hour from Hannover, it’s a relatively easy journey from the UK – although does
involve a train and bus from the Hannover airport. Another, slightly more fun option, would be to join the annual “Goths on a Bus” tour! Picking up from various spots around England and ferrying the black clad masses across the channel, ensures you’ll arrive ready for the party with your fellow goth horde. (see the facebook group to find out about next year’s trip)
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Alchemy Trade News!

Alchemy Open Day

July the 1st saw the very first Alchemy open day! It was the hottest day of the Year so far, with the UK basking in record temperatures! This did not deter our loyal friends and customers, old and new, from attending a very special day. Which enabled our customers to see where the magic happens and gain an insight into all things Alchemy, with a few surprises along the way! A huge thanks to all who attended the day it was a pleasure to have you, we sincerely hope that that you enjoyed the day as much as we did! We have already put July 1st 2016 in the diary for the next open day. Make sure you save the date too!
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