Thursday, 12 September 2013

Sarah Sparkes: Ghost Stories and Spirit of Place


Sarah Sparkes: Ghost Stories and Spirit of Place
Saturday 14 September 1pm-2pm
The Senate Room, Senate House  Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. 

A short talk on ghost history, London ghosts and the ghosts of Senate House by GHost artist and London Fortean Society speaker Sarah Sparkes, with some assistance from LFS host Scott Wood. 


Why does London, and England, have so many ghosts, what are their stories and how many are we sharing the building with during the talk? 

This is a free event is hosted by the GHost and the London Fortean Society. It is part of a documentary on ghosts by a film crew and filming will be taking place during the talk.

The talk will take place in the Senate Room, Senate House  Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. 

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Fortean London: Magic, Mazes, Marshes and a Curse on Eddie and the Hot Rods!

As seen on the Time Out London blog
8pm Thursday 26 September 2013
£3 / £2 concessions
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Four speakers present weird and wonderful aspects of Fortean London, then take part in a lively Q&A:

Do anything you wanna wilt

Graveyard expert Rob Stephenson on London’s Lost Labyrinths 
Fantasy writer Kate Griffin on London and Magic and Inspiration 
Journalist Peter Watts on A Curse on Eddie and the Hot Rods!
Author Gareth E Rees on Haunted by Time: Atemporal Hallucinations in East London’s Marshes

We will have the Fortmanteau: our monthly summary of strange news stories

Kate Griffin: London Magic & Inspiration
Kate, author of 'Stray Souls' and 'The Glass God', will talk about London and how it inspires her and all the things in it that Ishe regards as as ‘magic’. How ‘magic’ in the city is changing and evolving and we’re updating the mythology of it all and the evolution of urban fantasy.

Rob Stephenson: London's Lost Labyrinths
Spiralling out from the centre of London is a serpent of long-forgotten labyrinth and maze sites. The locations are now only recoverable from dusty tomes or by studying the contorted faces of those that unwittingly live above their former locations. Our speaker, former host of the London Earth Mysteries Circle, has trod that twisted path and will reveal all.

Peter Watts: A Curse on Eddie and the Hot Rods
Peter Watts, writer of the great Great Wen London blog, tells the mysterious story of how Aleister Crowley's curse ended the career of a London pub-rock band.

Gareth E. Rees: Haunted by Time: Atemporal Hallucinations in East London’s Marshes 
Image by Gareth E Rees
The talk will reveal some of Gareth's strange impressions and intimations while walking this inner city wilderness and attempt to explain the strange warping effect the landscape has on your sense of chronology, inspiring visions of prehistorical monsters (crocodiles, bears, sabre tooth tigers), post-apocalyptic futures, and memories of wars and industrial revolutions you've never experienced. 
Gareth is the author of forthcoming novel 'Marshland', and The Marshman Chronicles, a blog about Hackney, Walthamstow and Leyton marshes.

All are welcome. Each LFS evening begins with the Fortmanteau: our monthly summary of strange news stories

8pm start. Thursday 26 September 2013
£3/£2 concessions

London Fortean Society meets up[stairs at the fantastic Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East.