VolteFace Voices: A Celebration of Great Writers

VolteFace was launched a year ago to change the public debate about drug policy in the UK. It had become stale. All over the world Governments are moving beyond failed policies of prohibition but here in the UK a fudging of the myriad issues of dealing with the supply and distribution of illicit drugs prevails … Continued

Why Psychedelic History Matters

The psychedelic renaissance is afoot, and there’s almost no use arguing with the term anymore. It’s just too catchy. This elegant phrase pops up frequently to describe what’s been happening in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and around the world in the 21st century. In addition to being the title of an excellent book by … Continued

Fabric is Saved, But at What Cost?

Days before the court appeal was due to begin, which would decide the fate of London super-club, fabric, a surprise settlement was agreed between Islington Council and Fabric owners, allowing the club to re-open under heightened security measures. The news has been celebrated as a landmark event for London’s dance music culture. The 3 month … Continued

History Lessons

On Monday, VolteFace will publish our first policy paper, The Tide Effect, in collaboration with the Adam Smith Institute. The Tide Effect presents cannabis law reform as an irrepressible force, sweeping towards the UK from the USA and Canada. In advance of The Tide Effect, author Boris Starling digs into the history that has led to cannabis being so harmfully misunderstood, and … Continued

Eyes of Albion

Since 2012 the Psychedelic Press has been publishing journals and books that deal with the role of psychedelic substances in culture, science, and history. The UK-based press has also emphasised the importance of visual culture in its pages, and has featured some of Britain’s finest artists and illustrators within the pages of its publications, and … Continued

Will Amy Lamé Tackle Drugs Issues?

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed Amy Lamé as London’s first Night Czar, tasked with turning the capital back into a “thriving 24-hour city”. Lamé is a DJ, performer, writer, TV and radio presenter, LGBT+ campaigner and former Mayoress of Camden. However, she is best known for being the co-founder and host of the Oliver-award … Continued

Zero Zero Zero

Zero Zero Zero – Roberto Saviano (London: Penguin Books, 2016) Roberto Saviano, an Italian investigative journalist, is most famous for his pioneering work Gomorrah, about the Italian organised crime group the Camorra. He now lives in hiding, a police guard always by his side, testament to the danger of speaking out about organised crime. His latest … Continued

Patreon for Psymposia

Psymposia are running a Patreon campaign to raise funding for their new Psymposia Magazine and for hosting a variety of events covering psychedelic science, culture, social drug policy reform, and harm reduction. The aim is for the magazine to be a platform for the voices of students, young people, artists, researchers and people who use drugs … Continued