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Stephen Ellcock, John Marchant & Philip Carr-Gomm in Conversation with Cathi Unsworth

To mark the first-ever survey of Jamie Reid’s iconic artwork, Time For Magic, join co-authors Stephen Ellcock, John Marchant and Philip Carr-Gomm for a discussion on Reid’s seismic artistic influence chaired by Cathi Unsworth.

The artwork Jamie Reid created for the Sex Pistols defined an era, and his agit-prop graphics remain hugely influential in art and design today. Yet few people know the epic scope of Reid’s art. Fusing Punk with Druidry, and mysticism with social and political activism, this extraordinary volume features expert commentary from Stephen Ellcock, and draws on reflections from Reid’s long-time collaborator John Marchant and musings from former Chief Druid Philip Carr-Gomm.

Stephen Ellcock is a London-based curator, author, researcher and online collector of images who has spent the last decade creating an ever-expanding virtual museum of art that is open to all via social media. His ongoing attempt at creating the ultimate social media ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ has so far attracted more than 650,000 followers worldwide. He is the author of England on Fire, (with text by Mat Osman), Underworlds, The Cosmic Dance, All Good Things, The Book of Change, Jeux de Mains, a collaboration with Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi, and Elements, released later this year.

John Marchant is a gallerist, curator and art director currently living in Brighton. Having worked for many years with internationally renowned artists such as Nan Goldin and Gary Hume, Marchant now represents celebrated and emerging contemporary artists as well as the Jamie Reid Archive.

Philip Carr-Gomm is a psychologist and author of over twenty books, many about Druidry. He was leader of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids for thirty-two years, and now he is involved in the work of the ACER psychedelic integration programme. His latest book The Gift of the Night offers a programme to improve sleep, drawing on both sleep science and spiritual teachings.

This event will be chaired by Cathi Unsworth, the author of Season of the Witch: The Book of Goth and co-author of Defying Gravity, the life and times of the late punk icon Jordan Mooney, as well as six pop-cultural noir fiction novels. She has written on music, pop culture and general weirdness for everyone from the Financial Times to the ForteanTimes.

Doors will open at 6:45pm. This event will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Tickets: £8 General Admission / £30 Book and Ticket, inc. a copy of Time for Magic (RRP £26.99) Venue: The Auditorium (Level 6) at Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road Please note that the Auditorium at Foyles is fully accessible from the Ground floor lifts.