I present public talks on the paranormal and also occasionally industry talks about being a freelancer for school leavers and students.
The paranormal has been a lifelong interest. I, like many others growing up in the 70s, had the Usborne Book of Ghosts, but I remember, in John Smith & Sons, a bookshop in Glasgow, begging my Mum for The Reader’s Digest ‘Into the Unknown‘. I can’t remember if it was for my Birthday or Christmas that year, but it was what I really wanted. My Mum wasn’t keen because she feared I’d be too keen. It was a household of sporadic weirdness and my Mum had what might romantically and patriotically be described as the An Da Shealladh; the second sight. It wasn’t sought or enjoyed. She didn’t like her experiences and the thought of me being wired the same way upset her.
In the 90’s I occasionally joined my Mum at the Scottish Society for Psychical Research‘s lectures, but it took until 1998 to join, and the year 2000 to join the Investigation Group. I’ve been a member of the SSPR for 21 years now and I’m grateful for all the fascinating talks I’ve seen, people I’ve met and cases I’ve been on.
My first talk on the paranormal was in 2002, about an unusual UFO Close Encounter, popularly known as ‘The Mince Pie Martians’.
My last talk was for the Edinburgh Fortean Society 20th Anniversary Conference during the Festival 2019. It was entitled, ‘Paranormal Investigating: What’s the F****** Point!? (the F is for Fortean)‘.
I’m also – due to moving in media circles and being known for this sort of thing – a consultant on paranormal matters to film/tv and media companies. A couple of years ago I helped to fake a seance in one of Scotland’s famous haunted inns, The Drovers Inn, for a cider company! Now, that was a lot of fun (and thirsty work).
For a full list of the talks I’ve given, see my C.V.