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Psychedelic Press Presents: Writers on Drugs Tour 2018 (London)

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Saturday, 1 December 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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The Psychedelic Press is turning 10 years old on the 1 December 2018.

To celebrate, the crew, authors and various friends in the psychedelic community are going on a short speaking tour, which culminates with a full day event in Tuke Hall, Regent's Park, London on the day of our birthday. 

Writers on Drugs is a celebratory series of full-day and evening events that address psychedelics in all their multifarious guises - from the latest cutting-edge science, to religious and magical thinking, ecology, and the role they've played in the history and culture of the world. These extraordinary substances are deeply woven into the fabric of human life; a fact that Psychedelic Press publications have always explored, and which our speakers and authors would like to share with you!


08:45 - 09:30 Arrive

09:30 - 09:45 Introduction

09:45 - 10:30 The Heart-Opening Psychedelic to Save Modern Medicine by Dr Ben Sessa

10:30 - 11:15 Psychedelics and Cognitive Liberty: Reimagining Drug Policy Reform by Dr Charlotte Walsh

11:15 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 12:30 Getting High with the Most High: Entheogens in the Bible by Danny Nemu

12:30 - 13:15 The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics by Dr Torsten Passie

13:15 - 14:15 Lunch

14:15 - 15:00 Recipes for Living and Loving: Laura Huxley's Psychedelic Self-Help by Reanne Crane

15:00 - 15:45 Psychedelics and the Philosophy of Mind by Peter Sjöstedt-H

15:45 - 16:30 Psychedelic Ceremony: Spiritual Mindhacking for the 21st Century

15:45 - 16:30 Close


Dr. Ben Sessa: Ben trained at UCL, London, graduating in medicine in 1997. He works clinically and academically in Bristol and at Imperial College London University, with an interest in the developmental trajectory from child maltreatment to adult mental health disorders. In the last ten years Ben has been a study doctor and a test subject administering and receiving legal doses of pure LSD, psilocybin, MDMA, DMT and Ketamine. He is currently conducting the world’s first clinical study using MDMA to treat addiction.


Danny Nemu: Danny is a writer, activist and ayahuasca researcher with academic background in the History and Philosophy of Medicine. He first encountered ayahuasca when living in Japan, and eventually followed the trail back to the source of Daime in the Brazilian Amazon. He was bitten by a sandfly, which proved to be a great teacher. The resulting 8 month battle with a necrotic parasite provided a window into Daime ritual technologies, and an opportunity to explore the meaning of illness and health from a different point of view. His books include Science Revealed and Neuro-Apocalypse


Reanne Crane: Reanne is a PhD candidate based at the University of Kent, within the Faculty of English. Her research is centred around the philosophy of language vis-a-vis altered/alternative states of consciousness, focusing on 'affective openness' and the power of poetic language. She has a background in teaching and translation, with a B.A in Mandarin Chinese and English Literature, and an M.A in Contemporary Literature.




Dr Torten Passie: Torsten studied philosophy and sociology at Leibniz University Hannover and medicine at Hannover Medical School. Between 1997-2010 he was a scientist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist at Hannover Medical School, where he lead the Laboratory for Consciousness and Neurocognition. Professorship thesis about "Psychophysical correlates of altered states of consciousness“. Research studies on the psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness, including clinical studies with breathwork, cannabis, MDMA, laughing gas, ketamine and psilocybin. Special expertise on ecstatic states, addictions, the pharmacology of psychedelic substances and psycholytic therapy. Discovery of 2-Bromo-LSD, a non-hallucinogenic congener of LSD, for the treatment of cluster headache in 2008. From 2012 to 2015 visiting professor at the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).


Peter Sjöstedt-H: Peter is an Anglo-Scandinavian philosopher of mind and a metaphysician who specialises in the thought of Whitehead, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, with special regard to panpsychism and altered states of sentience. Peter received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Continental Philosophy from the University of Warwick. He subsequently became a Philosophy Lecturer in London for six years but is now engaged in his PhD at Exeter University where he also teaches philosophy modules and writing skills. Peter is the author of Noumenautics and an inspiration behind the inhuman philosopher Marvel Superhero, Karnak.


Dr Charlotte Walsh: Charlotte is Lecturer in Law at Leicester Law School, where she runs a course on Criminology, largely concerned with drug policy. Her research focus is on the interface between psychedelics and the law, viewed from a liberal, human rights-based perspective, and she has published widely on this subject – in journals and edited collections – along with being a regular speaker at psychedelic conferences. She is a member of the ICEERS Legal Advisory Committee and is on the Steering Committee of the Ayahuasca Defense Fund, thus being involved with legal defence work, education and protection, along with advocacy for policy reform.


Julian Vayne: Julian is a British occultist with over three decades of experience of esoteric culture: from Druidry to Chaos Magick, from indigenous American shamanism through to Freemasonry and Wicca. During this time Julian has written for numerous underground esoteric journals, contributed to various collections of essays, led workshops, retreats and facilitated a wide range of group ceremonies. He is a founding member of Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Chair of The Friends of The Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft, and his books include: Pharmakon: Drugs and the Imagination, Magick Works: Stories of occultism in theory and practice and Deep Magic Begins here…  and Getting Higher: The Manual of Psychedelic Ceremony. He’s also co-authored  Now That’s What I Call Chaos Magick (with Greg Humphries),The Book of Baphomet (with Nikki Wyrd) and most recently Chaos Craft (with Steve Dee).



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Tuke Hall
Regent's University London
Inner Circle, Regent's Park
NW1 4NS London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 1 December 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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The Psychedelic Press is an independent community book publisher, with a focus on the role of psychoactive substances in history, science, culture, and the weird.

Founded in 2008, it publishes its quarterly eponymous journal, along with various non-fiction and fiction books, as well as hosting various events and conferences. 

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