Sunday, 30 November 2014

Dr David Clarke: The Angels of Mons

7.30pm for 8pm  Tuesday 16 December 2014
£3 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets (10% admin fee)
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

David is also speaking at London Fortean Society on Thursday 25 July 2015 on How UFOs Conquered the World.

Dr David Clarke: The Angels of Mons
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the birth of the most enduring legend of that conflict, The Angels of Mons. The ferocity of the battle and fear of early defeat encouraged an atmosphere on the Home Front that was receptive to the supernatural. From this cauldron of hope, faith and fear emerged an inspiring story of warrior angels that appeared to save British troops from the German onslaught in Belgium.

The legend became part of the folk memory of the war and encouraged those who believed the Allies had divine support on the battlefield.  This talk by Sheffield Hallam University journalism lecturer David Clarke launches his new book Britain’s X-traordinary Files, published by Bloomsbury/The National Archives.
The design of this book
makes for a wonky image


Each regular gathering starts with the Fortmanteau, our with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month.

Dr David Clarke: The Angels of Mons facebook page.

7.30pm for 8pm  Tuesday 16 December 2014
£3 / £2 concessions
Advanced tickets (10% admin fee)
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Stevyn Colgan: Mr Green and Mr Gray Cannot Visit us Today




8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 27 November 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced Tickets (10% booking fee).
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street


Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it isn’t like
. In this entertaining talk you’ll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo.

Stevyn Colgan, now a QI elf and a writer for Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity, has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at and had a script accepted for Doctor Who in the 1980s.

Stevyn Colgan is one of the writers of the BBC TV series QI and the BBC R4

series The Museum of Curiosity. In a hugely varied half century (and a bit) he’s been, among other things, a police officer, a milkman, an illustrator, a folkie and a chef. He’s written briefing notes for Prime Minister’s Question Time and scripts for Doctor Who and Captain Scarlet, was part of the team that made Dippy the Diplodocus’s new tail and has worked on several Hollywood blockbusters. He’s been kissed by Princess Diana, hugged by Freddie Mercury, set on fire twice and stabbed once but not in the same day. He currently divides his time between writing, illustration and doing talks around the UK and USA.

His new book ‘Why did the policeman cross the road?’ is now available to pre-order via Unbound.co.uk


Each regular gathering starts with the Fortmanteau, our with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month. 

Stevyn Colgan: Mr Green and Mr Gray Cannot Visit us Today facebook page. 

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 27 November 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Advanced Tickets (10% booking fee).
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street