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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Events: Weird Weekend 2013, 16th - 18th August, #weirdweekend #cryptozoology

Worldwide weirdness is once again focusing on the small Devon village of Woolsery as the Centre for Fortean Zoology holds its 14th Weird Weekend. The Centre for Fortean Zoology, which investigates strange creatures all over the globe, has its annual conference from 16th -18th of August this year.

The conference, will see speakers from all over the country gathering Woolsery to discuss their work and discoveries. Now in its fourteenth year it is the largest convention of its kind.

Speakers announced so far: - 
  • Tony Whitehead: Starslime
  • Andrew Sanderson: Expedition to Russia in search of the Almasty - a possible surviving strain of Homo erectus
  • Richard Freeman: Sumatra 2013 Expedition in search of the orang-pendek
  • Judge Smith: (A founder member of the band Van der Graaf Generator) The Universe Next Door
  • Nick Wadham: Fairies
  • Sarah Boit: Orbs from a photographer's perspective
  • Lee Walker: Dead of Night - a collection of real-life horror stories from Liverpool
  • Glen Vaudrey: Mystery Animals of Staffordshire
  • James Newton: Bigfoot
  • Dr. Darren Naish: Adventures from the World of Tetrapod Zoology
  • Shaun Histed-Todd: Evidence for Civilisation X and Pre-Columbian Contact
  • Lars Thomas: 'The History of Trolls', and the 'Cryptozoology of Greenland'
  • Ronan Coghlan: The Church and Evolution
  • Richard Ingram: In Search for Inhabitable Planets
- More attractions will be announced soon...
As well as a series of talks there will be stalls, workshops and events.

The Weird Weekend raises funds for village charities dealing with children and for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the only full time organisation in the world dedicated to the investigation of mystery animals.
 
The event runs from the 16th to the 18th of August, and tickets cost £25.00 for the whole weekend, or buy your tickets in advance at the special discount price £20.00

If you want to pay by cheque payable to `CFZ Trust` please send it to:
The Centre for Fortean Zoology, 
Myrtle Cottage,
Woolfardisworthy,
Bideford, 
North Devon, 
EX39 5QR 
For further details visit www.weirdweekend.org or ring 01237 431413

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New Book: Paranormal Purbeck - A Study of the Unexplained by David Leadbetter

Paranormal Purbeck - 
A Study of the Unexplained
by David Leadbett
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Footsteps echoing from the past, objects moving of their own volition, near death experiences, displacements in time, memories from the future, UFO sightings, synchronicities ...

This new book published by Roving Press, 'Paranormal Purbeck - A Study of the Unexplained' by David Leadbett is a collection of remarkable experiences from the Isle of Purbeck. It visits nearly 70 sites and has contributions from over a hundred local people.

Most of the first-hand accounts have never been published before, suggesting that the ‘paranormal’ is more commonplace than we generally suppose and is perceived intuitively, depending on the right combination of circumstances.

The author challenges fixed opinions and beliefs, offering detailed personal experiences from a small geographical area and arguing that we need a fundamental reappraisal of how we view the world.

Anyone with a thirst for mysteries and a desire to extend the frontiers of human knowledge will be gripped.  


'Paranormal Purbeck - A Study of the Unexplained' by David Leadbett will be available from mid-July 2013.  

For more information visit Roving Press at www.rovingpress.co.uk 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Event: Thomas Hardy and Dorset Folklore a talk by Dr. Peter Robson at the Dorset County Museum

Hardy Players' Mummers
The Mummers in the Hardy Players' version of
'The Return of the Native'. Eustacia Vye
(extreme left, disguised) was played by Gertrude Bugler.
On Christmas Night 1920 the players gave a
performance at Hardy's house, Max Gate.
The novels and stories of Thomas Hardy are filled with examples of folklore – customs, songs, superstitions, witches, mummers and much more. 

But were these country traditions actually taken by Hardy from the Dorset of his childhood or were they products of his fertile literary imagination? On the Thursday 25th July 2013 at 7.30pm at the Dorset County Museum Dr. Peter Robson will explore this question by looking at a variety of examples of Dorset folklore described by Hardy, from the Mellstock Quire to the Egdon Mummers, from Conjuror Trendle to the unfortunate William Privett and beyond. 

He will illustrate his talk by pictures of the people and places concerned and by sound recordings. 

Dr. Peter Robson has been researching Dorset folklore for many years and has written and spoken widely on this subject. Most recently he has become particularly interested in Thomas Hardy’s writings as an almost untapped source for the study of rural folklore. This is the second in a series of five lectures about Thomas Hardy and is part of a larger project including the National Trust and the University of Exeter

It is hoped that the more academic nature of these lectures will provide the general public and lovers of Hardy’s novels with an increased connection to contemporary ideas about his work.  

Entry to the talk is FREE but a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book. Doors open at 7.00pm. 

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org  

Source: Dorset County Museum Blog - dorsetcountymuseum.wordpress.com
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