Speakers

Professor Chris RoeChris Roe

Chris Roe is Professor of Psychology at the University of Northampton and Director of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes that is based there, Chris is the Perrott-Warrick Senior Researcher (Trinity College, Cambridge) and Visiting Professor at Bucks New University. MORE...

Stephen VolkStephen Volk

Stephen Volk is probably best known as the BAFTA-winning writer of ITV's paranormal drama series Afterlife starring Lesley Sharp and Andrew Lincoln, and the notorious (some say legendary) BBCTV "Halloween hoax" Ghostwatch, which spooked the nation, hit the headlines, and caused questions to be raised in Parliament. MORE ...

Chris FrenchChris French

Professor Chris French is Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as being a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. MORE ...

Many happy returns? The psychology of reincarnation claims: This talk will describe my experience of taking part in a documentary investigating reincarnation claims amongst the Druse in Lebanon. The Druse are a religious sect for whom reincarnation is a central belief. The general conceptual problems with reincarnation will be outlined as will the specific problems associated with the Druse version. Case histories that were featured in the documentary are presented and discussed. A plausible alternative (non-paranormal) explanation for apparent past-life memories is outlined. It is argued that, regardless of the truth of such beliefs, believing in reincarnation has been beneficial for the Druse.

Jayne HarrisJayne Harris

Jayne Harris is a Researcher, Writer and Film maker with 19 years experience investigating and evaluating alleged hauntings. As Co-Founder of HD Paranormal, an organisation specialising in object related hauntings, Jayne has been been described as a “Pioneer of studies into Spirit Attachment” and is a regular expert guest and consultant on TV and radio worldwide. MORE ...

Peter LawsPeter Laws

Peter Laws is an author and ordained Baptist minister with a taste for the macabre. He writes a monthly column in The Fortean Times and is the creator of the acclaimed Matt Hunter series of dark thriller novels. MORE ...

Murderabilia: Why Are Everyday People Collecting Serial Killers Hair? Rev. Peter Laws investigates the strange (and growing) market for buying and collecting murder souvenirs, from the torn out armhair of a serial killer (£40) to Charles Manson’s half eaten Burrito ($730). Are these collectors sick, seeking paranormal power or is there something strangely logical in our fascination with murderers.

Ann WinsperAnn Winsper

Ann Winsper is a Psychical Phenomenologist, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire, researching the Psychology of Electronic Voice Phenomena. As well as being a member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Psychical Research, she has been actively investigating reported hauntings for nearly 30 years and is co-founder of Para.Science psychical research and investigation

Dr Rebecca SmithRebecca Smith

Dr Smith is Treasurer of ASSAP and an active researcher in to paranormal matters. A psychologist by training, her MSc looked at narratives of haunting emerging from the Station Hotel, Dudley, and her PhD (awarded on Halloween 2013) was on the peoples reports of experiencing “ghosts”.

In 1888 to 1894 the Society for Psychical Research conducted a huge study of apparitional experience, The Census of Apparitions, and drew conclusions about the nature of ghosts that have informed theoretical work in the area to the modern day. Becky repeated the census on a modest scale, to test how cultural expectations had changed the way people report spooks from the Victorian period till today, and unexpected patterns emerged from the data… New insights in to what happens when we “see a ghost”.

John FraserJohn Fraser

John Fraser is a member of the Council of the Society for Psychical Research, and has been’ Vice Chair Investigations’ of the Ghost Club – the two oldest groups in the country that study the subject. His topics of study have been as varied as hypnotic regressions and vampire folklore, as well as more conventional paranormal research. MORE ...

New Approaches to Paranormal Investigation. "In a few years the average ghost hunter may be renting out an articulated lorry to drive their equipment to site - but is this the real way forward to start to prove or disprove the existence of something beyond the realms of science? Why did science take us seriously in Victorian times but no longer now? Are there things we used to do better in the past - in particular now do we have an obsession with traditional ghosts and ignore more easily provable phenomena? These are all questions which a good paranormal investigator should ask, and which will be discussed in this talk and hopefully start a wider debate. John hopes to start this debate - and also to show that some 'old school' approaches should have been improved rather than simply discarded along the way!

Dr Peter McCue
Peter McCue
Dr Peter McCue is a retired clinical psychologist with a longstanding interest in anomalous phenomena. He’s a member of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) and has contributed articles to the Journal of the SPR, the Paranormal Review, Fortean Times, and other publications. MORE ...

The case against ‘Earthbound Spirits’: Fictional stories, films, and television series (e.g. Most Haunted) typically attribute ghostly manifestations to discarnate spirits. Similarly, many paranormal investigation groups take the spiritualist position for granted, and assume that hauntings arise when spirits become ‘stuck’ in crossing to the presumed afterlife. MORE ...

Kathryn HarkupKathryn Harkup

Kathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a PhD then a postdoc at the University of York before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed far more than spending hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. MORE ...

Frankenstein An alternative look at Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Was Shelley really inspired by a dark and stormy night telling ghost stories or is there more to the tale of a man who created a monster? Many 18th and 19th century scientists and charlatans were exploring the properties of electricity and much of their work would have been known to Shelley. Is there some science fact in amongst the fiction of the monster?

Nick KyleNick Kyle

Former President of the Scottish Society for Psychical Research (SSPR) Depute Director of the Scottish Paranormal Festival (2014) Nick has a life-long interest in the paranormal, prompted by clairsentient impressions since childhood and developed through powerful meditative experiences and paranormal adventures abroad. MORE ...

Why paranormal phenomena happen for some people and not others (and what you can do about it): Integrating constructive thinking and positive emotions with a powerful group dynamic helps to facilitate paranormal phenomena. Successful techniques and experiences will be shared.

Lara WellsLara Wells

Lara has worked as an Intuitive and Medium for 25 years. During that time she has travelled extensively and been privileged enough to be part of thousands of people’s lives. Lara’s written columns for, and appeared in Fate and Fortune magazine, Soul and Spirit, Spirit and Destiny magazine, MORE ...

Confessions of a desperate psychic INTUITIVE MEDIUMSHIP Receiving from Spirit E.T and more. ( this talk is about powering the muscle responsible for receiving and expanding on information received from spirit, E.T and more) Lara was always used to working in the field of intuition and mediumship. Imagine her surprise when she relapsed she could also use the same techniques to connect to other worldly beings!

Jon Kaneko-JamesJon Kaneko-James

Jon Kaneko-James is an author and researcher based in London. His works have included children’s books, articles on popular history topics, genre fiction and historical research. Jon’s particular research topic is historic belief in the supernatural: how people believed, what they believed and the criteria for experience. MORE ...

Paranormal Expectations Before the Societies: Did Medieval and Renaissance magicians really expect to see the demons they were invoking? If the citizens of Medieval Yorkshire spoke of Revenants, did they really expect to see the phantasmagoric undead? Using the era of the founding of the Royal Society as a benchmark, Jon Kaneko-James will look at contemporary expectations of the Medieval and Early Modern supernatural from ghosts and spirits, to the Witches and Sorcerers moving in and out of the lives of Shakespeare’s audience, and the specific thinking behind the credulity of Early Modern thinkers.

Steve ParsonsSteve Parsons

An Investigator and Researcher of Ghosts, Hauntings and related human experiences. Author of two books and numerous published articles on ghosts, ghost hunting and related subjects, cited or referenced in many more. A regular speaker at conferences and conventions throughout the UK, Ireland and the USA. MORE ...

Mark ReesMark Rees

Mark Rees is a journalist and author based in Port Talbot. He works as the What’s On editor for Media Wales Swansea, specialising in the arts and culture. MORE ...

The Victorian Ghost Hunters: How do ghost sightings from the Victorian era differ from the modern day? And how were they investigated without the use of the latest technology? Mark Rees has delved into the newspaper archives in search of reports dating from 1837 to 1901 in which it was the role of the journalist, the politician, and even the angry mob to try and uncover the truth behind strange accounts of eerie noises deep in the coal mines, poltergeist activity which terrorised lonely farmyards, and the flesh-and-blood spectres who pounced on unsuspecting victims.

Mark WallbankMark Wallbank

Mark Wallbank is the founder of New Zealand based paranormal research group, Haunted Auckland, and has been fascinated in all aspects of the paranormal spectrum his entire life. From Ghosts and hauntings, UFOs and aliens, Cryptids and mysterious creatures, through to our country's intriguing urban myths. MORE ...

John Sabol and Mary BeckerJohn and Mary Sabol

John Sabol is an archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, cryptid researcher, and actor. As an archaeologist, he has documented and recorded the manifestations of past soundscapes at various ruins and sites of rubble and destruction in England, Mexico, Hungary, Czech Republic, Canada, and multiple sites in the U.S. MORE ...

Mary Becker is the co-director and researcher for Ghost Excavations, aka, Interpretive Performance Excavations (I.P.E). Mary creates the presentations for John Sabol’s speaking engagements including the short film “Ghost Excavation at Burnside Bridge: “Going Home After Seeing the Elephant.” MORE ...

The Strange ‘Nightlife’ of an (Otherwise) Serious Archaeologist: An Emotional ‘Excavation’ of Seriously Strange Experiences Anthropologist Michael Taussing once said that “all societies live by fictions taken as real”. For most of my adult life, I have been ‘excavating’, besides the past, the present-day reality of three ‘fictions’ most sciences and academics deem fictional: ‘shape-shifters’, ‘Bigfoot’, and ‘ghosts’. Robert Louis Stevenson, that writer of a not so ‘fictional’ shape-shifter in all of us, maintained that there are landscapes that cry out for a story. I am going to talk about three such ‘storied’ places (at least in my ‘lifestory’). In these places, the experiences, to paraphrase philosopher Bruno Latour, have never been (only) ‘human’. In Winchester, UK, once the ancient capital, a ‘shape-shifter’ came into being. In Fouke, Arkansas (USA), the ‘birthplace’of interest for many ‘Bigfoot Hunters’, began. At the ‘Knickerbocker Hotel’, in Pennsylvania (USA), the ‘spirits’ are always ‘Inn’. Archaeologists have always been good storytellers. In these accounts, I hope to maintain that ‘shamanic’ tradition.

Alan Murdie

Alan Murdie is a lawyer active in psychical research in the UK and abroad. He has conducted research into spontaneous cases in United Kingdom, Romania and Colombia and has written and broadcast extensively on paranormal topics for local, national, and international media. He is a Council member of the Society for Psychical Research and is chairman of the Ghost Club, founded in 1862. He is the editor of the new edition of Ghost Hunting: A Practical Guide, writes a monthly column ‘Ghostwatch’ for Fortean Times magazine and runs the website europaranormal.com.

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