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Showing posts from July, 2013

Stories from the City London walk

The Demons of Cornhill Thursday 29 August 2013 7.30pm It’s the summer holiday: let’s go outside! Join London Fortean Society host Scott Wood on a walk from the Royal Exchange to our home at The Bell, Middlesex Street that takes in London lore, ghosts, revenants,  witchcraft, urban folklore and psycho-geography. We will explore London legends from the London Stone to the Demons of Cornhill and the ghost story of our own pub home: The Bell .   Scott is the host of the London Fortean Society, writes the monthly fortmanteu and it the author of Urban Legends of London: The Corpse on the Tube and Other Stories which is out November 2013. This is a walk and not a talk! Meet at 7.30pm by the Duke of Wellington statue outside the Royal Exchange at the start of Threadneedle Street and Cornhill . Nearest station is Bank . £3/£2 concessions.

Roger Luckhurst: The Telepathic WT Stead

Sadly Will Storr cannot make the 25 July as he is interviewing Carrie Fisher (and Mark Hamill) about Star Wars. Can't say we blame him.... Another day for Will and Neil but instead we are very excited to have the following talk: Professor Roger Luckhurst: The Telepathic WT Stead 25 July 2013 8pm-10pm £3 / £2 concessions The Bell , 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.  WT Stead and adoring friend William T Stead was a towering figure in late Victorian and Edwardian England, a journalist and proprietor who invented the campaigning tabloid expose at the Pall Mall Gazette and then set up the world famous Review of the Reviews in 1890. He was an ardent imperialist, a Liberal radical, a feminist, dissenting Christian, and bugbear of every Prime Minister from 1875 to his death on the Titanic in 1912. He was also obsessed with every aspect of the occult, from Spiritualism and Theosophy to the new-fangled science of psychical research. He claimed to have powers of telepathic co