The Third International Colin Wilson Conference, July 2020

The Third International Colin Wilson Conference will be held in Nottingham on July 3, 4 and 5, 2020.

The event will take place in the George Room of the Mercure Hotel in Nottingham’s Lace Market district:

Here is the expected line-up for the three days:

Friday 3rd.

Colin Wilson & T C Lethbridge: a meeting of minds — Terry Welbourn

Colin Wilson’s Double Brain — Gary Lachman

Existential Realism and the discovery of John Cowper Powys — Chris Thomas

From Existentialism to Enlightenment: Wilson as a transpersonal psychologist — Steve Taylor

Seventeen songs that wouldn’t exist without Colin Wilson — David Power

The World and the Mind: Colin Wilson and consciousness theory in the 21st century — Geoff Ward

Life at Tetherdown — Damon Wilson

Saturday 4th

Dr. Crippen — Lindsay Siviter

Colin Wilson and murder — Dr Vaughan Rapatahana

Colin Wilson, Abraham Maslow and Peak-Experiences — Edward Hoffman Ph. D.

New Existentialism and Exceptional Human Experience — Nicolas Tredell

Sanity, Super Sanity, Madness and the Family — George C Poulos

Meaningful Time: Colin Wilson and Synchronicity — David Moore

Colin Wilson and J B Priestley: Brothers in Time — Anthony Peake

Sunday morning 5th

Colin Wilson and Ironfoot Jack, King of the Bohemians — Colin Stanley

Treasures from the Colin Wilson audio and video archive — Simon Brighton

The cost per full day is £35

(this includes lunch plus mid-morning and mid-afternoon refreshments)

Sunday morning is £15

but free to those who attend the previous two days

There will be just 70 places for delegates.

Please indicate whether you would like to attend (and on which days) by e-mailing:

You will not be asked to commit fully nor pay for your place until January 2020

Looking forward to seeing you there!


20% off Wilson audio lectures at BetterListen!

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8E536FDC-7317-419E-8F91-EEC1562E6084There are SoundCloud previews of Peak Experiences & The New Human here and here; of Science Fiction and the Esoteric here and here and a preview of Awakening to an Evolutionary Breakthrough here.


The lecture on science fiction is particularly interesting, with Wilson discussing “how real life is not so dissimilar from the weird and wild ideas in the fictional realm”; a theme which goes back to his 1963 book The Strength to Dream as well as essays such as Science Fiction as Existentialism (1978) and indeed his own science fiction novels. “Human beings appear to have a Faculty for being where they’re not supposed to be, so to speak, for knowing things they’re not supposed to know” he says in the lecture on evolutionary breakthrough. Wilson was a formidable lecturer (no notes or PowerPoint!), and the conversational style of his works – which delighted his readers, yet alienated the literary establishment – comes through powerfully in these clear recordings which are highly recommended