Events archive…

The London Fortean Society presents… The Last Witches of England: the Bideford Witches

Tuesday 3rd May 2022, 7.45pm at The Miller London SE1 3SS

In 1682 the last group of women, from Bideford, was executed in England, for the crime of witchcraft. The hatred of their neighbours endured, for Bideford, it was said, was a place of witches. 

Though ‘pretty much worn away’ the belief in witchcraft still lingered on for more than a century after their deaths. In turn, ignored, reviled, and extinguished but never more than half-forgotten, it seems that the memory of these three women – and of their deeds and sufferings, both real and imagined – was transformed from canker to regret, and from regret into celebration in our own age.  John Callow explores this remarkable reversal of fate, and the remarkable tale of the Bideford Witches.

Intersectionality for Social Workers

Celebrating Professor Claudia Bernard’s book launch: Intersectionality for Social Workers. A Practical Introduction to Theory and Practice

Thursday 28th April 2022 5:00pm at  Professor Stuart Hall Building, LG102 Goldsmiths, University of London 8 Lewisham Way SE14 6NW

This book explores how intersectionality theory can be applied to social work practice with children and families, older people and mental health service users, and used to engage with diversity and difference in social work education and research.

Panel Members:

Professor Claudia Bernard, Goldsmiths, University of London
Professor Brid Featherstone, Huddersfield University
Professor Carlene Firmin, Durham University
Professor Frank Keating, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr Prospera Tedam, United Arab Emirates University
Chaired by Professor Adam Dinham, Professor of Faith & Public Policy

Reweirding London: Lost Landscape and Found Lore – The Great North Wood

Thursday 28th April, 7:00pm at the Amersham Arms 388 New Cross Road SE14 6TY

Chris Schüler, author and local historian, will talk about the ancient forest that once stretched from West Norwood to the Thames.

Discover what remains of south London’s Great North Wood and revel in the revival of the Deptford Jack in the Green mayday celebration. 

​Standing in the busy streets of South London today, it is hard to imagine that much of this suburban townscape was once a vast wood, stretching unbroken for almost seven miles from Croydon to the Thames at Deptford. This compelling narrative history charts the fortunes of the North Wood from the earliest times: its ecology, ownership, management, and its gradual encroachment by the expanding metropolis


Lara Maiklem, Caitlin Davies and Tom Chivers

Thursday 24th March, 2022 7:00pm at the Amersham Arms 388 New Cross Road SE14 6TY

The ever-popular Lara Maiklem, will be talking about Mudlarking on the Thames, Tom Chivers discusses the history, geology, folklore of London, and Caitlin Davies reveals the incredible story of female crooks from the seventeenth century to the present.

Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre presents… An evening with Joelle Taylor

Wednesday 30th Mar 2022, 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Joelle Taylor is the author of 4 collections of poetry. Her newest collection C+NTO & Othered Poems (June 2021) won the T.S Eliot Prize and was the subject of a Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live, resident at the Southbank Centre, and the current editor of Out-Spoken Press. C+NTO is being adapted for theatre.

My Search for Revolution: talk, book reading and discussion

Monday 4th April 2022 7:00pm at Deptford Town Hall, New Cross SE14 6AF

In 1985 the Workers Revolutionary Party imploded amid scandal and controversy.  First-hand insight from Clare Cowen whose testimony is still relevant in an era of predatory power politics and “me too” solidarity.

Precognitive Dreams: Synchronicity and Coincidence

Can we see the future in our dreams?

A talk by renowned esoteric writer Gary Lachman

Tuesday 5th April 2022, 7.45pm at The Miller London SE1 3SS

Gary Lachman has been recording his own precognitive dreams for forty years. In this unique and intriguing talk Lachman recounts the discovery that he dreams ‘ahead of time’, and argues convincingly that this extraordinary ability is, in fact, shared by all of us.
His latest book Dreaming Ahead of Time is a personal exploration of precognition, synchronicity and coincidence drawing on the work of thinkers including J.W. Dunne, J.B. Priestly and C.G. Jung. Lachman’s description and analysis of his own experience introduces readers to the uncanny power of our dreaming minds, and reveals the illusion of our careful distinctions between past, present and future.