Alan’s many titles include Promethea, Lost Girls, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and co-authorship of the upcoming The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic.
Alan is a prolific and much celebrated writer and artist, perhaps best known for his writing of comics and graphic novels. His many titles include Promethea, Lost Girls, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, long-awaited epic second novel Jerusalem and his upcoming co-authored book on magic, The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic.
A self-proclaimed practicing magician, Alan frequently speaks authoritatively on the subject of magic and Western Esotericism is a feature in a number of his creative works (perhaps most notably From Hell and Promethea). He directly associates magic with art and the writing process: “I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness … Indeed, to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change people’s consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.”
Born in Northampton, where he still resides, Alan has a very strong connection with the local area and we are delighted that he has agreed to come and speak for us.