Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Matthew Sweet: Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Each Other

7.15pm Wednesday 14 March 2018
£6 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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From a political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment - the bizarre and untold story of how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters during the Cold War.

Stockholm, 1968. A thousand American deserters and draft-resisters are arriving to escape the war in Vietnam. They’re young, they’re radical, and they want to start a revolution. The Swedes treat them like pop stars but the CIA is determined to stop all that.

It’s a job for the deep-cover men of Operation Chaos and their allies; agents who know how to infiltrate organizations and destroy them from inside. Within months, the GIs have turned their fire on one another, and the group dissolves into interrogations and recriminations.

When broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet began investigating this story, he thought the madness was over. He was wrong. Instead, he became the confidant of an eccentric and traumatized group of survivors each with his own intricate theory about the traitors in their midst.

All Sweet has to do is discover the truth...and stay sane. 

7.15pm Wednesday 14 March 2018
£6 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Herne the Hunter – From Ghoul to Godhead

7.15pm Monday 12 March 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We shall attempt to book it again.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Image by Chesca Potter from
Embracing the Darkness.
In 1984 Mrs Mary Whitehouse attacked the Robin of Sherwood TV series for its Pagan elements. Writer Kip Carpenter had deliberately introduced the transgressive power of myth into his groundbreaking series with Herne the Hunter. From Shakespeare onwards Herne has been re-imagined as a vengeful spirit, the leader of "the wild hunt", a shaman and the horned god of the greenwoods.

Historian Dr John Callow, author of Embracing the Darkness: a cultural history of witchcraft, explores the roots of Herne's tale and how his legend has inspired generations of writers and artists to create a powerful figure for both the modern Pagan pantheon and the wider environmental movement.


7.15pm Monday 12 March 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We shall attempt to book it again.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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The Myth and Mystery of the Brentford Griffin

7.45pm Thursday 29 March 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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In the spring of 1985 reports began to circulate of sightings of a mysterious beast in West London. Centred on the Thames-side town of Brentford, this creature seems to be a thing from escaped from myth and legend – a Griffin.

Initially derided by sceptics, reports continued to arrive at the local newspaper office and circulate in local pubs. Named witnesses came forward to report their sightings.

Sir Sir Sir John Rimmer
Longtime fortean researcher and Magonia editor John Rimmer finds a hidden trail of links ranging from Samuel Pepys to the local football team, as well as the unsettling influence of a notorious fantasy writer.

7.45pm Thursday 29 March 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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Cryptozoology – On the track of Unknown Animals

7.45pm Thursday 22 February 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We are currently arranging a new date for this fascinating talk for March/April.

Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, is one of the few professional cryptozoologists in the world, studying unknown or anomalous animals. A former zookeeper, he has worked with over 400 species of animal. He has taken expeditions across the globe in search of beasts like the orang-pedek, the Tasmanian wolf, the yeti, the giant anaconda, the Mongolian deathworm and the almasty.

Tonight he introduces the science of cryptozoology and looks at some of the unknown animals or “cryptids” with which it is concerned, focusing on his three trips to Tasmania in search of the flesh-eating marsupial known as the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf.

7.45pm Thursday 22 February 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Magic as Treason

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Tuesday 6 February 2018 7.30pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We are currently arranging a new date for this fascinating talk for February / March.

Throughout history, people have believed in the power of magic not only to influence their own lives and communities but also their rulers. Furthermore, rulers and their advisers often lived in fear of magical attack. Francis Young examines the phenomenon of magic as a form of treason in England and Scotland between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as the ways in which belief in the political power of magic echoes down to the present day.

Francis Young obtained his PhD from Cambridge University and is a historian specialising in the history of supernatural beliefs. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books including Magic as a Political Crime in Medieval and Early Modern England (I. B. Tauris, 2017).


£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Tuesday 6 February 2018 7.30pm

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Rendlesham — Deconstructing a Myth

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Tuesday 30 January 2018 7.30pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Over the past 30 years the Rendlesham Forest incident has become one of the top ten UFO cases in the world as voted by UFO believers, and is now often described as the “British Roswell”. Here, skeptical investigator Ian Ridpath looks at the main points of the case and provides explanations for each in turn, correcting various misunderstandings, and pointing out how various unsubstantiated claims have passed uncontested into a body of unreliable knowledge that has taken on the status of a modern myth.

For further information on Ian’s investigations, see his website.
Ian Ridpath is a writer and broadcaster on astronomy and space with a particular interest in the way astronomical phenomena are misidentified as UFOs. He produced the first full explanation of the Rendlesham Forest UFO case back in 1984 and marvels at the way the myth has grown ever since.

£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Monday 30 January 2018 7.30pm
Tuesday Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Herne the Hunter – From Ghoul to Godhead

7.45pm Thursday 25 January 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We are currently arranging a new date for this fascinating talk for February / March.

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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Image by Chesca Potter from
Embracing the Darkness.
In 1984 Mrs Mary Whitehouse attacked the Robin of Sherwood TV series for its Pagan elements. Writer Kip Carpenter had deliberately introduced the transgressive power of myth into his groundbreaking series with Herne the Hunter. From Shakespeare onwards Herne has been re-imagined as a vengeful spirit, the leader of "the wild hunt", a shaman and the horned god of the greenwoods.

Historian Dr John Callow, author of Embracing the Darkness: a cultural history of witchcraft, explores the roots of Herne's tale and how his legend has inspired generations of writers and artists to create a powerful figure for both the modern Pagan pantheon and the wider environmental movement.

7.45pm Thursday 25 January 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We are currently arranging a new date for this fascinating talk for February / March.

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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