Our speakers

If you’re familiar with previous CULTure Babylon’s events you’ll know that we put the CULT into culture, by combining great films with speakers who provide further insight into the themes explored.

Fear in the Fens will be no exception, and we have been fortunate in attracting speakers with national and international reputations...

Gavin Baddeley 

Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and 
decadent, Gothic and macabre.
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 ObserverKnaveMetal Hammer and Medieval History 

magazine. 
Gavin  was personally ordained as a priest in the Church of Satan by 

the ‘Black Pope’, Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made numerous media appearances and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on 

the dark arts.

www.gavinbaddeley.com

Dr Francis Young 

Dr Young is an expert on the history of catholicism in East Anglia.
He has also written a number of works on religion and the occult, including 
Witches and Witchcraft in Ely
A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity
and a translation of a 16th century grimoire, The Cambridge Book of Magic
Dr Young will be talking about the history of Witchcraft in East Anglia with reference to Ely and the surrounding region.

http://francisyoung.wordpress.com

Kit Lewis

Kit Lewis has been a writer and journalist for 20 years  and is the curator of Fear in the Fens.
 

His journalism has appeared in national and regional newspapers and in publications as varied as Shooting Times and Teddy Bear Times.
His research interests include the role of the media in moral panics and he has published:

Shooting the Messenger: How the Media Formed Britain's Firearms Policy in the 20th Century


Kit Lewis started CULTure Babylon in 2012, combining cult films with expert speakers

in a unique format which provided the foundation for the Fear in the Fens festival.
www.wordand.co.uk

 
 
 
Chris Mizsak

Chris Mizsak is an artist and curator based in Cambridgeshire. He is also a member of the Cambridge Super 8 Group—a community-oriented film collective dedicated to preserving low-gauge analogue filmmaking through a diverse programme of festivals, screenings, exhibitions, and workshops. In 2013—in collaboration with Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds—he co-curated Flicker: Artists and Super 8, a major art-film exhibition showcasing artists past and present who have worked with the format.


As an artist Chris has been exploring the aesthetic and alchemical qualities of Super 8 since the late 1980s, and has participated in exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands. He is a co-founder of BellArtLabs, an independent art group working in moving-image, sound, expanded cinema and installation.
The group’s latest works are being presented at Greyfriars Art Space in Kings Lynn (October 8-22).


Chris is also a freelance researcher and editorial consultant for TASCHEN books. A vinyl enthusiast, he has contributed to an ongoing series of books exploring the relationship between music and record sleeve design, including the award-winning Jazz Covers, Rock Covers, and forthcoming Art Record Covers.