KEN KESEY BOOK LAUNCH: "It's All a Kind of Magic; The Young Ken Kesey" , Rick Dodgson

Jan 16, 2020 at 18:30 — 21:00 (GMT)
Organiser: Breaking Convention

Breaking Convention in collaboration with The University of Greenwich Psychedelic Society presents: 

"It's all a kind of Magic; The Young Ken Kesey", Rick Dodgson 

We are pleased to announce that Rick Dodgson, author, university professor and 1960s historian,  will be in London for a special visit to share with us his book on the 60s countercultural icon Ken Kesey. Based upon extensive research, including interviews with Kesey, member of Kesey's family, and most of the original Merry Pranksters. A nostalgic countercultural treat indeed! 

It’s All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey, was published in 2013. As the title reveals, the book is a biography of author and 1960s countercultural icon Ken Kesey’s early life. It covers his childhood in Oregon, his college years, his first psychedelic drug experiments, and the writing of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion. The book has been very well received in the United States, garnering good reviews in major print and online publications. 

Not only will we hear about Dodgson's first publication, we will also get a snippet from his work in progress follow-up book Fun for the Revolution of It: Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters.



This event will be held at The Old Royal Naval College, University of Greenwich, London, UK. 

Student/OAP/low income option available, further discounts for UoG Psychedelic Society Members (please show proof on arrival)

ROOM NUMBER; Queen Anne Building, Room 175 (1st Floor) See the map of the university uploaded in images, "Queen Anne Court" 

The Greenwich campus is notoriously hard to navigate, so please leave enough time to find the room, security guards on both entrances will be happy to point you in the right direction. 

Doors at 1830 for 1900 start

for any enquiries please email 


Further info on the speaker: 

Rick Dodgson is associate professor of history at Lakeland University in Wisconsin, USA. English by birth but global by inclination, he has lived much of his life outside the United Kingdom. In his younger years, he worked as a plumber, heating engineer, soccer referee, handyman, Mediterranean deckhand, and teacher of English in a village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. A musician and composer, he is also the creator and producer of Mission to the Stars: A Space Rock Opera. His first book, It's All a Kind of Magic: The Young Ken Kesey, was based on extensive research, including interviews with Kesey, members of Kesey's family, and most of the original Merry Pranksters. The book has been very well received. It has been excerpted in the Utne Reader, and reviewed in the Journal of American History, the Journal of American Culture, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, Kafka’s Cage, the Portland Oregonian and the Bloomsbury Review.


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