It’s that time of year again!
This year’s Crimbo meal will be held at :
9 Hunter Square
on Tuesday the 10th of December
We have one of the vaulted areas booked. Order your food at the bar. If you intend to turn up, please let Gordon know so he knows what kind of numbers to plan for.
Please note : the event starts at 7.00pm, an earlier than normal start time.
Also note : Gordon will not be wearing the Santa outfit this year. Krampus, however…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in Edinburgh)
Edinburgh has an entire bestiary written into the fabric of the city. Taking a virtual tour through the urban landscape we’ll find the whereabouts of these fabulous beasts and mythical monsters. On the way, we’ll unearth symbols of power, pagan sacrifice and the afterlife of the ancients. We’ll also discover our Fortean favourite!
Tuesday 12th November
Bone Idol: The Ossuaries of Europe
Practical storage solution, morbid curiosity, or an important way to interact with the dead and contemplate our own mortality? Bones are the most enduring parts of our mortal remains, and ideas about what to do with them have ranged from the simple to the astoundingly elaborate. Human Remains Conservator Cat Irving will take you on a journey across Europe that will encompass painted skulls and bling skeletons, bone chandeliers and the six million people who lie beneath the streets of Paris.
7.30pm, Tuesday 10th of September
The Attic Comedy Room
Citizen Science – Fortean Style
A chance to come along and try your hand at a few Fortean feats. Learn what the claims are and how they can be tested and then have a chance to test them for yourself.
Can you beat the odds with dowsing or will you know people are staring at you whilst you work? Do you really need to spend all that time travelling for your holidays or can you simply enjoy foreign parts by remote viewing!
Come along for a bit of fun but help build up a large data set…
7.30 pm, Tuesday the 9th of July
The Attic Comedy Room, The Beehive, Grassmarket
On Saturday the 13th of July we’re holding a one-day Fortean conference at St. John’s Church at the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road.
It will run from 1130 to 1800 and then reconvene in a private vault in the Banshee Labyrinth from 1900 on.
Tickets are a very reasonable £12.50 each for the whole day and are available from Gordon or online at WeGotTickets (booking fee applies).
Jan Bondeson : Talking Dogs of Germany
In the early 20th century, the ‘New Animal Psychology’ movement in Germany thought that dogs possessed near-human intelligence, if trained to communicate. Rolf, the most famous of these super-intelligent dogs, tapped out messages on a board, solved complicated mathematical problems, and speculated about philosophy. The Nazi regime was proud of the country’s educated dogs and tried to find ways to make use of them in the war effort.
Richard Freeman : Death By Cryptid
I have hunted cryptids in the four corners of the earth but have never feared them. I’ve been stalked by tigers, attacked by cobras, caught in a tornado and fallen off a cliff but i’ve never felt threatened by the creatures i was pursuing. However there are rare cases were humans have allegedly been killed, sometimes eaten and i one case perhaps something worse by monsters. Giant snakes, aquatic dragons, mystery maulers, monster squid and relic hominins have all had humans on the menu.
Alison Rutter : Unearthing the Earth Hounds
A mysterious creature is said to haunt the graveyards of Banffshire. Is it really possible that an undiscovered animal lives there and does it really dig into coffins and eat the bodies? Alison Rutter investigates.
Innes Smith : Paranormal Investigating: What’s the F****** Point?
Paranormal Investigating is not Parapsychology – and is rarely held to the same high standards of scrutiny and peer review. But it doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be an effort to gather the best evidence in the most scientific manner. Innes Smith, an investigator with the Scottish Society for Psychical Research, talks about the challenges he has faced over the past two decades and when considering the evidence ~ What’s the Fortean point?
Caroline Watt : From Seance to Science: The Work of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit
Join Professor Caroline Watt, holder of the UK’s only Chair for parapsychological research, for a whistlestop tour of the highs and lows of more than three decades of research into paranormal claims. From the Indian Rope Trick, to seemingly prophetic dreams, to controlled laboratory research examining whether people have telepathic ability, discover the challenges and unexpected scientific rewards of investigating the impossible.
Richard Wiseman : Magic, mystery and mayhem
Psychologist Professor Richard Wiseman has dedicated his life to investigating matters paranormal. In this vaguely interesting talk he will reflect on some of his most memorable moments and explore how they have furthered our understanding of the seemingly impossible. Free packet of peanuts for the best question.
It Happened to Us…
To celebrate our 200th talk an opportunity to tell your own Fortean experiences, or to say what got you into Forteana in the first place. And there may be one or two short talks that people are currently working on for good measure!
Tickets for the event on Saturday the 13th of July will be available for £12.50
The Comedy Attic, The Beehive, Grassmarket