As part of our ongoing celebrations we are holding a one day conference!
Venue : St John’s Church at the junction of Princes Street and Lothian Road.
When? : Saturday the 13th of July from 1130 to 1800 and then reconvening in a private vault in the Banshee Labyrinth from 1900 on.
The speakers are:-
Jan Bondeson – Talking Dogs of Germany
Richard Freeman – Death by Cryptid
Alison Rutter – Earth Hounds
Innes Smith – Paranormal Investigating – what’s the F****** point!?!? (F is for Fortean)
Caroline Watt – Investigating the Impossible: The work of the Koestler Parapsychology Unit
Richard Wiseman – Explaining the Unexplained: Magic, Mystery and Mayhem
Tickets are £12.50 for the whole day and are available at EdFort or directly from Gordon.
UPDATE : Tickets are now available for purchase online!
On Tuesday the 9th of April 2019 the Edinburgh Fortean Society turns 20! And we’re having a party! There will be cake, a quiz and a charity auction (charity to benefit will be decided on the night, donated items for the auction are welcome!).From 7.30pm in The Comedy Attic in the Beehive, Grassmarket.
Tuesday 12th March, 7.30 pm :
Gordon Rutter will talk on
20 years of the Edinburgh Fortean Society
Founded in April 1999 the Edinburgh Fortean Society is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. The first birthday event is a look back at 20 years of talks, walks and other events. Come along and see what we’ve been up to and what we’re planning next.
Upstairs in the Attic Comedy Room in The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket
Adele David will be talking on
The Mandela Effect
Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way, only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? You’re not alone! The “Mandela Effect” was coined in 2013, when countless people across the globe expressed their surprise after Nelson Mandela’s death, believing that he had died in prison in the 1980s. The term has since been used to describe collective misremembering of historical events, popular culture, geographical facts and widely held beliefs. Is the Mandela Effect evidence of parallel universes? Time travel? Or simply flawed memories? Come and find out!
Scott Lyall : “We want you to believe in us, but not too much: UFOs and Folklore”
Since 1947, when pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a formation of unidentified objects in the air over Mount Rainier in Washington State, the idea of humanoid aliens coming to Earth in space ships has been a cultural staple in Western societies, but as long as humans have been telling each other stories, there have been tales of “others”- ghosts, fairies, goblins, nature spirits, dwarves – beings that are like us, but not us, that exist somewhere just beyond perception – underground, underwater, in other realms. Are UFOs and their apparent occupants here to study us or are they a modern manifestation of something much older?
It’s nearly time for the Edinburgh Fortean Society Christmas meal! Tuesday the 11th of December at 7pm (note earlier than normal start time).
Venue : The Tron, 9 Hunter Square, Edinburgh
Alison Rutter will be talking on Fortean Finland
Bigfoots in the sauna! Coffins in the floorboards! A look at some of the creatures, legends and folklore of Finland.
Tuesday 13th of November
Upstairs at the Beehive, Grassmarket
7.30pm £1 entry
The next meeting of the EFS will be on Tuesday the 9th of October at 7.30pm
Peter McCue will be talking on
‘Misreporting the paranormal’
Citing case examples, Peter McCue will discuss the misreporting that’s all too common with regard to supposedly paranormal events. This can arise from factors such as an excessive use of pseudonyms, hoaxing, and inadequate research. Peter will also mention claims that deception and obfuscation are sometimes perpetrated by agencies of the state.
‘Dr Peter McCue is a retired clinical psychologist with a longstanding interest in anomalous phenomena. He’s the author of two books: Zones of Strangeness: An Examination of Paranormal and UFO Hot Spots (AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2012) and Paranormal Encounters on Britain’s Roads: Phantom Figures, UFOs and Missing Time (The History Press, Stroud, 2018). Peter is currently working on a book looking at anomalous experiences in British woodland. He lives in East Dunbartonshire.’
Venue : The Beehive Inn, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.
Tuesday the 9th of October, 7.30 pm, £1 entry.