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The Haunted Landscape 2021: Witches, Magic and Monsters

10 am - 5 pm Saturday 20 November 2021 £20 / £15 concessions ( Advance tickets ) £10 Live stream ticket. Conway Hall , 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Tube: Holborn Directions Facebook event page The Haunted Landscape awaits you. Join the London Fortean Society and friends for a day of British folklore, corpse ways, giants, witches and more. Speakers include Author Syd Moore, Alixe Bovey, Jeremy Harte and Mark Norman of The Folklore Podcast . This event is live and will be live streamed. Dr Alixe Bovey - Albion’s giants: Gogmagog, Brutus and the conquest of Britain Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, completed in the 1130s, opens c. 1200 BC with the tale of the conquest of Britain by a band of Trojan refugees. Led by Brutus, the great-grandson of Aeneas, the Trojans made their way to an uninhabited island known as Albion, but on arrival they discovered that it’s overrun by ferocious giants. Renaming the island Britain after Brutus, they exterminated the gi

The Birth of the Hoax

7.15pm Tuesday 16 November 2021 £8 Live / £5 live concessions & Live Stream ( Advance tickets ) Conway Hall , 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL Tube: Holborn Directions Facebook event page This event will be held with an in-person audience at Conway Hall *AND* online, via Zoom. Everyone wishing to join this event must register for a ticket in advance, using the “Book Now” link ** In 1749, a newspaper advertisement appeared declaring that a man would climb inside a bottle on the stage of a London theatre. Although the crowds turned up in their hundreds to witness the trick, the performer didn’t. Over the following decades, elaborate jokes and fanciful tales would continue to bamboozle people across England. In The Century of Deception , magician and historian Ian Keable tells the engrossing stories of these eighteenth-century hoaxes and those who were duped by them. The English public swallowed tales of rapping ghosts, a woman who gave birth to rabbits, a levitating Frenchman in