More Moore

I received confirmation that I will be giving my presentation on Alan Moore at the conference on his work at the University of Northampton at the end of May. My topic is:

Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place

From his first public working, The Birth Caul, Alan Moore has always had a strong attachment to location as a specific aspect of his magickal work. The performance was originally intended as a “unique event” which sought “to draw the audience along the spiral of a winding, umbilical text, into successive pre-pubertal, pre-verbal and finally pre-natal states of being” in the specific location of Newcastle’s nineteenth century Old County Court. Similarly, Moore unpacked the layers of geography of his home city of Northampton in the pages of Voice of the Fire, while the London locations of The Highbury Working and Angel Passage, his conjuration of William Blake, provided an anchor for those performances which tied the ethereal to a geographic reality. What happens when the ritual becomes unmoored from the place of its birth, when the “one time” performance repeats across the world, distributed on CDs and comics? Does ritual transform into mere performance, or can the intent survive the commercial process? If so, what does the ritual without location or the original conjurer produce?

With luck I will have a chance to meet up with a lot of interesting folk, including my pal, Pádraig Ó Méalóid.


  1. Hagelrat says:

    Is this thing open to the public because i'd actually quite like to attend. 🙂

  2. K. A. Laity says:

    Thanks, QoE! Adele, I'd suggest contact the organisers. While there's usually a conference fee for all the academics, often they allow the general public to attend many of these conference for free or for a very small fee. It would be great to see you there!

  3. We'll be in Paris then if you want to chunnel over.

  4. slovobooks says:

    I'm certainly hoping to be there. I believe I'm doing a panel with Gary Lloyd and Dan Greenberg, who did the Watchmen RPG, way back in the good ol' days. Should be a hoot!

  5. K. A. Laity says:

    Patti — I may come to Paris, but no chunnel for me (shudder). I do have plans for Rome.Pádraig — you must come! I'm counting on you being there. I owe you a cuppa (at least).

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