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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Weird Weekend 2009 14th - 15th August 2009

Punk rock legend and monster hunters rub shoulders in North Devon and a new monster hunting expedition is announced
From the 14th to the 16th of August this year, the sleepy North Devon village of Woolsery is to play host to the largest gathering of monster and mystery researchers in the world. The tenth annual Weird Weekend is bringing speakers from as far afield as Australia to talk on their adventures and discoveries.

This year’s line up includes Rat Scabies, drummer with the legendary punk band The Damned, who will be regaling the audience with tales of his hunt for the Holy Grail (we are NOT joking). Tim the Yowie Man has flown in all the way from Australia to speak about his hunt for the yowie, the yeti like ape-man of the Australian bush. Tim the Yowie Man is an Australian cryptozoologist and paranormal investigator. In 2008, he was nominated for `Australian of the Year` for his work in raising environmental awareness.

Other speakers include:
  • Irish scholar Ronan Coghlan will be speaking on the lost continent of Atlantis.
  • Tim Matthews on crop circles
  • Andy Roberts: Renowned researcher and author, on The Big Grey man of Ben McDhui
  • Ecologist Oll Lewis will be giving us his theory on the Kraken, the multi-armed monster of maritime folklore.
  • Julian Vane will be showing us some of the weirder exhibits from Devonshire museums.
  • Dr Jan Bondeson will be revealing the secrets of the death dealing medieval serpent known as the basilisk.
  • From the USA Nick Redfern will be looking into Russian experiments to hybridise humans and apes.
But there is far more to the Weird Weekend than just talks. The organisers, The Centre for Fortean Zoology - the world’s only full time scientific organisation dedicated to researching mystery animals - will be revealing details of their latest thrilling expedition. Each year, the Centre takes part in at least one expedition to the farthest flung reaches of the world on the track of monsters and mystery beasts.

Also appearing will be Sam Shearon and Anthony Wallis; fortean artists who will be exhibiting their monster related artwork. Taxidermist and Dorset Naturalist Jonathan McGowan will be exhibiting his wildlife photography and stuffed animals. There will also be stalls, quizzes, competitions and activities for children.

Venue: Woolsery sports and community hall
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Tickets for the three-day event cost £20 in advance or £25 on the door. More information can be found on the Weird Weekend website at www.weirdweekend.org

For more details, or to interview any of the speakers, please telephone Jon, Corinna or Oll on 01237 431413

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