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Our speakers

If you've attended CULTure Babylon’s previous events, you’ll know that we put the CULT into culture, by showing great films and further exploring their themes with the insight of our brilliant speakers.

This year is no exception and we're proud to introduce some truly outstanding speakers once again.

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Kit Lewis
In addition to running CULTure Babylon for over a decade, Kit Lewis has been a student and practitioner of the occult for more than 40 years.
In recent years he has used his knowledge to create handmade magickal tools for learners and experts alike and his scrying glasses and black mirrors have been sought-after items at events such as the Glastonbury Occult Conference and the Festival of Pagans and Witches.
In 'Through the Looking Glass' Kit Lewis will be exploring how scrying glasses, crystal balls and magic mirrors have featured in legends, fairy stories and tales of the supernatural, including the films being screened at this year's festival. He will also  show how fiction has reflected the reality of scrying through examples such as the Elizabethan magician Dr John Dee.

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Selene Paxton-Brooks

Selene is a lifelong classic horror film devotee who has immersed herself in mysticism and folklore since the age of seven. 

She has a First-Class honours degree in Early childhood studies, where she wrote a thesis on Faeries and Fairy Tales. She has had several fantasy stories published, writes regular film reviews, and has a bi-monthly column about film tie-in books in We Belong Dead magazine.


She is a Rondo nominated artist, who dabbles in black-and-white nightmarish illustration.
She also runs Great Yarmouth’s ‘50 Years of Classic British Horror’ every July.

Having been born in Ealing, London, she has a deep interest in the 1945 film, ‘Dead of Night’ and will be discussing the origins, stories and locations hidden within the film, and how it influenced a generation of horror with its portmanteau structure based on a sequence of dreams.


Gavin Baddeley 

Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and decadent, Gothic and macabre, and has been a favourite speaker at Fear in the Fens since its start.

In addition to penning books such as: 

  Lucifer Rising: Sin, Devil Worship and Rock and Roll

  The Gospel of Filth: A Bible of Decadence and Darkness

  Goth: Vamps and Dandies
  Goth Chic
  Vampire Lovers

  Dissecting Marilyn Manson
  God's Assassins: The Medieval Roots of Terrorism
  Saucy Jack: The Elusive Ripper
  Vlad the Impaler,
he has also written for a diverse range of periodicals and newspapers, including the Observer, Knave, Metal Hammer and Medieval History 

Gavin was personally ordained as a priest in the Church of Satan by the ‘Black Pope’ himself, Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made numerous media appearances and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on the dark arts.

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