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The Thin Veil of London
Thu 6 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:30 BST
A Walk Through Holborn and Bloomsbury into Other Worlds.
led by Rich Cochrane and Robert Kingham.
The stories of Arthur Machen (1863-1947) teem with sinister ancient pre-Christian horrors – troglodyte races and malevolent fauns – that lurk just beneath the surface of modern life.
Yet for Machen, these folklore evils were the flip side of a positive theology that invited the visionary to step through the veil of illusion into another world; a magical world. Sometimes the lifting of the veil occurs on ancient tumuli in the Welsh countryside of his childhood; often it can be found in a back street of London.
The Thin Veil of London takes up this theme. It is a journey into the silent corners of Holborn and Bloomsbury, and it is a journey into the worlds of Faery and science, madness and ecstasy, and what Machen called ‘the eternal beauty hidden beneath the crust of common and commonplace things; hidden and yet burning and glowing continually if you care to look with purged eyes’.
"The best guided walk I have ever been on. A surprise round every corner." - Matt Brown, Londonist and Founder Member, London Historians.