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Woodland Magick: Modern Animism & the Folkloresque

By Romany Reagan 

In this post, I’ll share with you some of the investigations into the scientific basis for animistic folklore that I explored for my PhD thesis, which resulted in my two nature audio walks through Abney Park cemetery: Woodland Magick and Woodland Networks

I cannot avoid the conclusion that all matter is composed of intelligent atoms and that life and mind are merely synonyms for the aggregation of atomic intelligence.

– Thomas Edison, 1903

As a metaphysical monism, animism is based upon the idea that nature’s essence is minded.

– Emma Restall Orr, 2012

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Audio Walk: Abney Rambles – Thoughts on Mourning

Audio download link: Thoughts on Mourning

For this walk, enter Abney Park Cemetery from the wrought-iron gates entrance on Stoke Newington Church Street.

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.

When completed, please take the time to fill out my short survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGRML3B

Audio Walk: Abney Rambles – Love, Wrath, Death, Lions: A Performed History of Frank & Susannah Bostock

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For this walk, enter Abney Park Cemetery from the Neo-Egyptian gates entrance on Stoke Newington High Street.

Audio Download Link: Abney Rambles – Love, Wrath, Death, Lions – A performed history of Frank & Susannah Bostock

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.

When completed, please take the time to fill out my short survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGRML3B

I would like to thank my cast for the generous donation of their time and performances!

Cast:

Frank Bostock: Professor Richard Dennis

Susannah Bostock: Sam Edwards

Thomas Dyson, attorney: Gavin Kelly

Times journalist: Ronan Shields