In my youth the bestselling Sci-fi author, Madehurst based Edmund Cooper encouraged me to write.

Jonathan Tapsell

Subsequently I  edited a school magazine, which rather subversively published a stream of articles on UFOs and other esoterica. Oddly, I did not go onto journalism but film making instead and studied 35mm film under Monty Python’s film school Panico in London before going on to attend Chichester College to study video and TV production.

Whilst working in media I met and befriended the philosopher and true crime writer Colin Wilson who rekindled my interest in literature. Colin eventually wrote the foreword to one of my Gonzo journalistic books

The genre I  cover is mainly associated with esoteric themes, forbidden history and the paranormal. I have written over 100 magazine articles and contributed to five books on these subjects. In 2014 my book ‘Ameth’ became the very first biography of the influential English Witch Doreen Valiente which was published by Avalonia Books. The work is based on my six month research of her private collection – the largest archive of Witchcraft memorabilia in the world. Ameth isis now used by at least two universities as a study of multi faith history and lesser known religious ideas.

My last book was a self published collaboration with local author Toyne Newton as an alternative history of London. Together we visited archeological sites in the capital, including muddy trenches in a Camberwell  garden, walked its byways and highways with tour guide/actor Robert Goodman and clashed (in a friendly way) with several leading London historians before presenting a new view of the city’s origins.

Locally I have worked with the City of Sanctuary to help asylum seeker children access education, been involved in recovery services affecting substance misuse and also worked in Outreach  for care leavers.

Book: London’s Mystical Legacy

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