Talk: Spirit Side, Oct 16th 2017

Two years ago, Miniclick worked with Curtis James and Emily Macaulay to put on a series of events in October 2015 on the theme of ‘The Spirit Side’. We had discussions from noted parapsychologists, a ghost story film screening, a specially commissioned theatre piece and talks from the creators of the visuals and audio of horror films.

This October, in 2017, we are returning to the Spirit Side with a ghost hunting exhibition, an evening of talks on death, the psychology of hauntings and haunted locations and two new on-theme workshops from Capturing the Chimera.

On the evening of Monday 16th October the head of the Anomolistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, Prof. Chris French, funeral director Tora Colwill and film maker Vicky Matthews will be in attendance to discuss a range of topics on theme, from the psychology of ghost sightings, to our understanding of death through funeral rituals to haunted locations.

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Monday 16th October. Doors at 6pm, talks start at 7pm

The Basement at Number 10, Brunswick Square, Brighton (map)

Free Entry. Due to the nature of the venue, there is limited seating. Each talk lasts around 20 to 30mins.

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Professor Christopher 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, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. He has published over 150 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He writes for theGuardian and The Skeptic magazine. His most recent books are Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience, co-authored with Anna Stone (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

www.gold.ac.uk/psychology/staff/french

Tora Colwill

Tora Colwill runs The Modern Funeral – a service in Brighton that creates bespoke personal, meaningful funerals that don’t cost the earth. The families are central to the funeral process – they choose the particular elements they want and need.

She is a founding member of Brighton Death Forum – an organisation that exists to help people from differing backgrounds and disciplines to collaborate in order to make the conversations surrounding death and dying a little louder.

Tora believes that it is important for people to be equipped with practical information in order to evolve our experiences of death and dying – and for them to be as positive as possible.

She will be talking about our understanding of death through near death experiences, funeral rituals, ghostly visitations and historical items, and hopes to get us a little more comfortable with the inevitable.

www.themodernfuneral.com

Vicky Matthews

Vicky Matthews is a producer and director of award-winning factual dramas, science, history and observational documentaries.

From shooting aerials of icebergs in Greenland, drama recreations in the Amazon jungle, to the intimate setting of observation documentary in a children’s hospital, Vicky’s approach is great storytelling, beautiful visuals and strong characters.

Her career in production began in 2000 working on numerous blue chip films for Channel 4, BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Networks and ZDF. She produced the Emmy award winning factual drama “Hindenburg”, and the critically acclaimed “Unsinkable Titanic” for Channel 4. More recently she has produced and directed some of the highest rated documentaries aired on PBS.

Vicky will be talking about her latest work, which investigate the phenomenon of haunted locations.

www.vickymatthews.co.uk

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Monday 16th October. Doors at 6pm, talks start at 7pm

The Basement at Number 10, Brunswick Square, Brighton (map)

Free Entry. Free Entry. Due to the nature of the venue, there is limited seating. Each talk lasts around 20 to 30mins.

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