Audio Walks

HAUNTED BLOOMSBURY—AUDIO WALK TRACING SPIRITUALISM, GHOST STORIES & THE LONDON OCCULT

Whether it was considered an intellectual pursuit, a genuine religious order, a feminist flag, or just a grand excuse for a gin-soaked party, Spiritualism was a crucible where many of the conflicting and newly forming ideas of the late Victorian era brewed and clashed. At one point it was the domain of the intellectual elite, who held literary salons discussing Swedenborg and Blake. At the other extreme it was reverse colonialism gone mad, with female liberation, drunkenness—and worst of all Americanness—running rampant through England.

The Victorians had long been fascinated by a wide range of phenomena that might loosely be termed the ‘occult’; and earlier manifestations of interest in spirituality had made their mark during the first half of the 19th century. Tracing Spiritualism’s lines of origin, we’re driven through these occult pathways into the heart of Bloomsbury. Button your greatcoat and steel your nerves as your tour guide Dr Romany Reagan leads you on an audio journey through the Bloomsbury backstreets into a landscape of gothic intrigues and Victorian ghost stories.

AUDIO WALK: THEY WALKED IN MOONLIGHT – BLOOMSBURY FESTIVAL 2019

An audio walking experience through St George’s Gardens in London, next to the Foundling Museum, taking a journey around the gardens and graves, listening to tales of the moon as told through folklore, legends, and nursery rhymes. The narrative of the walk explores how myth and oral tradition help us process difficult themes in an accessible way. The focus is on the moon, in particular, as representative of the feminine and as a light through personal moments of darkness.

This audio walk is part tour of some of the veteran tree specimens in Abney Park Cemetery, but also part exploration of the unseen nonhuman networks at play in this ancient and diverse nature preserve.

ABNEY PARK CEMETERY AUDIO WALK: ABNEY RAMBLES—WOODLAND MAGICK

Photo by Michal Huniewicz http://blog.m1key.me/

This walk is a dark allegorical tale of what lies behind the uncanny mystery that envelops Stoke Newington – and lies beneath Abney Park Cemetery…

ABNEY PARK CEMETERY AUDIO WALK: ABNEY RAMBLES—THOUGHTS ON MOURNING

Photo by Romany Reagan, Abney Park Cemetery

This audio walk is a meditation on modern versus Victorian mourning practices. Interweaving quotes from then and now, with stories, the walk is set to the music of The Black Heart Procession, with exit music ‘Dance While the Sky Crashes Down’, by Jason Webley.

ABNEY PARK CEMETERY AUDIO WALK: ABNEY RAMBLES—LOVE, WRATH, DEATH, LIONS: A PERFORMED HISTORY OF FRANK & SUSANNAH BOSTOCK

Photo by Romany Reagan, Abney Park Cemetery

This audio walk is the performed life story of Frank and Susannah Bostock, a famous travelling circus and menagerie couple, buried in Abney Park Cemetery. Frank was a famous lion tamer, and the Bostocks were part of the founding members of Dreamland Amusement Park, Coney Island, New York.

This walk is a love story, but not a simple one.

TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY AUDIO WALK: SEA WIDOW—ALL IS LOST FOR SHE

This is a fairly short (12min) walk through Tower Hamlets Cemetery telling a love story of ancient woodland gods, a sea widow, her sailor love & the sea siren who stole him away………..

 

Folklore, legends, myths, and lost histories from the British Isles – collected by Dr Romany Reagan

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