Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fortean London Halloween: Ghost, Witches and Demons

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 30 October 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced tickets (10% booking fee).
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Lurking on the night before Halloween, our October meeting has gathered a coven of the finest speakers on London ghosts, witches and demons as well as our own Scott Wood. Each talk will be 20-30 minutes.

Roger Clarke: Queen Victoria and the Child Medium
The Tale of Vicky’s Ticker:  Did a publican’s daughter from Shoreditch really channel spirits for Queen Victoria as a child?
Raised in a haunted house, Roger Clarke is best known as a film-writer for the Independent newspaper and Sight & Sound. He is the author of A Natural History of Ghosts: 500 Years of Hunting for Proof.

Jessie Childs: Beware the Foul Fiend: An Elizabethan Exorcism in Hackney
Award-winning historian Jessie Childs tells the true story of a horrific exorcism performed on a young chambermaid by a group of fugitive priests in a house in Hackney in 1586.
Jessie Childs won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography with her first book Henry VIII's Last Victim: The Life and Times of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. She has written and reviewed for the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and Literary Review. Her new book is God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith In Elizabethan England.

Deborah Hyde: The Witch of Eye
Nearly six hundred years ago in Smithfield, London, a commoner was burned alive as punishment for practising the dark arts. But the case of Margery Jourdemayne is interesting for so many more reasons than the obvious ones. We'll look at this fifteenth century upstart to find out what Margery's case said about society, the power of the Church and our own preconceptions of what witches should look like.
Deborah Hyde is editor of The Skeptic magazine and writes about belief in the malign macabre at Jourdemayne.

Scott Wood: Ghosts and Demons of the City
The City of London, Borough and Spitalfields have a dark history of walking corpses, demonic images and ghostly visitations. Scott Wood marks the local ghosts and ghoul on to the map.
Scott is the host and co-organisor of the London Fortean Society, the Fortean Londonist and the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 30 October 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced tickets (10% booking fee).
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cat Vincent: The Slenderman

7.30pm for 8pm  Wednesday 8 October 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell,
50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East



Slenderman
The Slenderman: born barely five years ago in an online Photoshop competition, this faceless creature's mythology rapidly spread across the internet, inspiring video series, Alternate Reality Games, stories... and nightmares.

Earlier this year, its influence may have led to the attempted murder of
a child by other children. A creature of pure fiction, drawing blood.

Cat Vincent takes a look at the origins, evolution and implications of this most modern of monsters. Cat is currently a regular columnist at Spiral Nature (a series called ‘The Hype’) contributing editor to The Daily Grail, and have been published in two volumes of their Fortean journal Darklore.

Paolo Viscardi: Interpreting the Unusual

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 25 September
2014
£3 / £2 concessions.

The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

From aliens and monsters to ghostly paintings, we interpret the unusual in our


Slender-ish Man
world according to what we find familiar in our culture. Explore some examples and explanations of the weird and wonderful that may say more about our society and our brains than about the supernatural.

Paolo is a natural history curator at the fantastic Horniman Museum, responsible for the fossil and bone collections. There may well be bones. His personal blog is Zygoma.


The London Urban Legends Walk

£3 / £2 concessions
Thursday 28 August 2014
7.30pm
Meet at the Spike on the south side of London Bridge.


Join London Fortean Society host and author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube Scott Wood for more stories from the City and the East End stopping off at sites of ghosts, lost tube stations, witchcraft, the false history of 'London Bridge is Falling Down', why Jack the Ripper may just be an urban legend and of London’s most bigoted monument. 

Meet 7.30pm on the south-side of London Bridge by the big concrete spike.
Walk ends at the haunted Bell pub, Middlesex Street E1

6 August 2014: Charles Fort's 140th Birthday


The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile.
The Book of the Damned

An (even more) informal gathering (than usual) to celebrate the birthday of Charles Fort, the american writer who inspired the idea of being fortean. (Although others coined the term and started all the societies.)

Beginning at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 August outside 39A Marchmont Street, Fort’s home in London, with a reading and toast (ale and cheese optional).

Followed by a drink in his honour at the Marquis Cornwallis on Marchmont Street, a "Bloomsbury pub of grandiose proportions".

All forteans and friends welcome.

I am a collector of notes upon subjects that have diversity—such as deviations from concentricity in the lunar crater Copernicus, and a sudden appearance of purple Englishmen—stationary meteor-radiants, and a reported growth of hair on the bald head of a mummy—and "Did the girl swallow the octopus?
Wild Talents

Friday, 27 June 2014

Dr Jacqueline Simpson: The Folklore of Discworld

8pm (doors 7.30pm) 
Thursday 31 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Tickets are available.
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Take a trip to Discworld with award-winning author Dr Jacqueline Simpson. Jacqueline has written many books on folklore, including The Folklore of Sussex, British Dragons, Scandinavian Folktales, and The Lore of the Land (in collaboration with Jennifer Westwood).

She is also a great admirer of Terry Pratchett’s fantasies, which often involve folklore, so when she met him at a book signing in 1997 they inevitably talked about folklore – magpies, to be precise.

From this came a friendship and, in due course, their joint book on The Folklore of

Discworld (2008, with an updated edition in 2014).

We begin each evening with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 31 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Nearest station is Liverpool Street.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dr Who in An Exciting Adventure With Charles Fort

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)  Wednesday 16 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Please note the new (old) venue!
 
Is this your image? It's brilliant. Please email us on forteansociety@live.co.uk so we can buy you a pint or something.
London Dalek
Dr Who has graced our television screens for over fifty years now and the show has seen a myriad of adventures. Everyone knows the Daleks but there are a host of lesser known adversaries and story lines, some of which Charles Fort would surely have approved.
There are a wealth of Fortean themes and mysteries in the history of the worlds longest running science fiction TV show, come along to hear and explore the pick of them.
 



The Gordon Rutter
We all wear collarless shirts now.
Gordon Rutter is a life-long Dr Who fan, author, regular contributor to the Fortean Times, regular speaker at the Fortean Times UnConvention, head of the Charles Fort Institute, runs the Edinburgh Fortean Society and probably still holds the world record for the greatest number of straws shoved into one human being's mouth.

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)  Wednesday 16 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
Please note the new (old) venue!