Noted cryptozoologist RICHARD FREEMAN, together with friend Jackie Tonks, is bringing together researchers from various areas of the bizarre and esoteric, to raise money for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Richard explains the new Day of Weird set for Islington, London on 11 November, 2017.
“Many people of late have been bemoaning the demise of the legendary Fortean Times Unconvention, the weekend of weirdness hosted by Fortean Times magazine,” Richard says. “My friend Jackie Tonks suggested that we run our own one day event in London. Thus the Day of Weird was born.
“Jackie and I decided to run the event as a charity raising function. We could bring together cryptozoologists, ghost hunters, folklorists and others from eccentric backgrounds to give talks. We would also have a charity auction of occult and Fortean items to raise money.
“I thought it would be nice to raise money for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sophie Lancaster was a 20-year-old goth girl who, 10 years ago, was beaten to death by a pack of cowardly thugs just because of the way she looked. The foundation works to promote tolerance.
“With this in mind the Day of Weird is not just a Fortean convention but a celebration of eccentricity.
“England used to be a nation of eccentrics and intellectuals but both of these are frowned on in the current climate. Any kind of originality is stamped on and society seems to be geared to the lowest common denominator.
“So if you are interested in the existence of monsters, in chasing ghosts, in horror on screen and in art, in the strange and uncanny then the Day of Weird is for you. And it’s all in a good cause.”
The Day of Weird, will be held 11 November 2017 from 1pm to closing time, at the North By Northwest Pub, Islington, London. Cost is £5 on the door.