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Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast with Mark Rees: Real-life ghost stories, folklore, myths and legends from haunted Wales. Join Mark Rees - "arguably Wales' leading authority on the curious and paranormal aspects of the country's history." (Western Mail) and author of book such as Ghosts of Wales, Paranormal Wales and The A-Z of Curious Wales - for a fascinating journey through the weird and wonderful history of Wales and the world. From 'most haunted' Welsh castles to fairy-filled forest ...
 
Jerome Whittingham is a photographer, writer, and podcaster. He reports on community development and social issues. Topics of interest include the arts, health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, children and young people, dementia, addiction, local food and food sustainability, heritage, conservation and the environment. Jerome returned to Stoke-on-Trent in Spring 2021, having previously lived and worked in Hull for over 25 years. Follow him on twitter: @photomoments
 
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Can a witch really curse somebody who refuses to assist them? That certainly seems to be the case in this old Welsh folk tale in which Bethan Jones - the accused witch - is blamed with striking down a woman. But is it really evil witchcraft, or is it all in the victim's mind? And if it a real curse, how can it be broken? Join author Mark Rees (Ghos…
 
Can a ghost really carry a person across the world in the blink of an eye? That seemed to be the case in Wales in the 18th century when a man was seemingly whisked away across the Atlantic from his home in Ystradgynlais to a secret location in the USA. In this "real life" ghost story, the American apparition - a "well-dressed" woman from Philadelph…
 
Water has many uses in Welsh folklore, from repelling evil to bringing good luck. Some of these traditions are practical, such as not spilling this most valuable of commodities, while others are more gothic in nature, and concern vampires, spirits, and witches. Do any of these old customs still work today? Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as…
 
If there's something strange in the graveyard, who ya gonna call? In the Victorian age, two tales of paranormal activity in the grounds of churches spooked the locals in the north of Wales. In Wrexham cemetery, the police paid a visit to try and solve the mystery of floating flaming heads. Just outside the town, there was an eerie white mist spooki…
 
Does elf fire - so-called fairy lights - really lure weary travellers to their doom at night? For centuries, strange glowing lights have been reported in the wilds of Wales and around the world. Sharing similarities with fellow elf-like creatures, from the English Will-o’-wisp to the Breton sprite, they are blamed for leading people off the beaten …
 
Anna Motz - Working Psychotherapeutically with Women’s Invisible Trauma. Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist working in the Offender Care Service at the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, who has extensive clinical experience working with women in prison and in the community, and with the staff teams who support them.…
 
Is there really a haunted artefact in London's British Museum? And what connection does it have with an ancient Welsh burial site? The so-called "Golden Ghost" has been sighted in Mold, Flintshire for centuries. But where did it come from, and what does it want? Believed to be a soldier wearing golden armour, some say it haunts the area after road-…
 
Professor Peter Kinderman, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool will be speaking at the BIGSPD 2021 online conference, which takes place on 15-16 June 2021. His talk is entitled: "Beyond disagreement and consensus - managing multiple perspectives."Visit the conference website to find out more:https://bigspd.org.uk/online-…
 
Warning: don't disturb the fairy folk as they party by night! The fairy folk of Wales (y tylwyth teg) don't take kindly to being interrupted by nosy humans. In these cautionary tales, find out exactly how they react when curious people get a little too close to their merrymaking for comfort. Join author Mark Rees (Ghosts of Wales) as he celebrates …
 
Can church bells really protect your soul from evil spirits, fairies, trolls, plague, and the Devil himself? Bells have long been a familiar sight and sound at funerals. From the passing bell at the head of the procession to the church bells reverberating throughout the graveyard, we've come to expect their incessant ringing on such sombre occasion…
 
Not all strange glowing balls are corpse candles or death omens - some are the wandering souls of those with scores to settle. Can a soul really leave the body to complete a task, and then return to the body afterwards when finished? In these four eerie accounts from Wales and the border with England, strange lights are said to enter homes, attract…
 
Warning: don't mess with fairy women, and don't mess with fairy cows! In this cautionary Welsh folk tale, a greedy farmer finds out the hard way that you shouldn't look a gift horse - or, in this case, a gift cow - in the mouth. When the dark waters of Llyn Barfog provide him with a cash cow he can't believe his luck. But when madness takes over, a…
 
Prof Grainne McAlonan, Professor of Translational Neuroscience in the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences at King's College London.Synopsis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is clinically diverse, and its etiological mechanisms are poorly understood. To inform prognosis and generate intervention opportunities we need a better under…
 
Professor Terrie E. Moffitt, Professor of Social Development in the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King's College London.Synopsis: Repeated mental-health assessments in a birth cohort followed to age 45 reveal that mental disorder eventually affects virtually everyone. The predominant pattern among clinically significant cases…
 
Why does the apparition of a woman return to haunt a love-sick traveller? In this "real-life" ghost story from 18th century Wales, a man's ill-fated visit to his sweetheart' ends with a "terrifying" encounter with the so-called Hanged Lady. But this was not an isolated incident - why did she return again and again to haunt him? And how can he end h…
 
From nautical corpse candles to swashbuckling Devils, explore the folklore of the high seas on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast. In times gone by, the brave seafaring men who set sail from Wales needed all the help they could get for a trouble-free voyage. What would the weather be like? Would it be calm sailing? And were there any evil ent…
 
Who is the mysterious Lady in Grey haunting Victorian Cardiff? In October 1893, strange events were reported in the village of Tongwynlais. The country house owned of Mr and Mrs Lewis was said to be haunted by many a ghost, including the so-called Lady in Grey who was heard, felt, and even seen - a full body apparition. Its activity included wrappi…
 
The Secret Origins of the Ellyllon, Wales' mischievous fairy folk If you think all elves are tall and noble like in a J.R.R. Tolkien Middle Earth book or a Games Workshop Warhammer game, think again! The ellyllon - Welsh fairy folk - are small and goblin-like, dwelling in misty and sleepy hollows where they can help you make your fortune, or take i…
 
Welcome to this podcast on suicide means restriction, brought to you by the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders group and the Mental Elf.*TRIGGER WARNING*This podcast is aimed at mental health researchers and policy makers. In it we discuss the ways that we can prevent suicide, restricting the means of people taking their own lives, and methods of sui…
 
Mystery of the Ghost Ship and Phantom Funeral The town of Milford Haven is well-known for its harbour. What might be less well-known are the eerie ghost ships which are said to dock there at night. Oh, and there's also been sightings of a phantom funeral nearby. Is there a connection between these two real-life ghost stories? To find out more, jour…
 
Beware the Devil Goats: A cautionary folk horror fairy tale They might look friendly enough, but you should never mess with a goat. We've all heard tales of how they might - just might - be in league with the Devil or some other diabolical characters, and it pays to keep on their good side. As this cautionary folk horror fairy tale reveals, a Welsh…
 
The Haunted Highway: Phantom Coaches and the Ice-cold Ghosts For centuries, a phantom coach has been spotted travelling along the same Welsh road. And while the times might have changed, this carriage with it's black horses and eerie passenger continue to travel at speed after night has fallen. If that wasn't eerie enough, ghostly women have also b…
 
How can understanding and technologies from the basic biosciences contribute to the wider field of mental health research? What cross-disciplinary interface areas involving biosciences open up areas for innovative translational research? And what are some of the barriers and enablers to working across disciplines involving the basic biosciences? In…
 
St David's Day Special: How to fight evil spirits and other uses for the leek, Wales' national vegetable St David's Day is celebrated in Wales and around the world on March 1, but why do people wear a leek to commemorate Wales' patron saint? Welsh folklore tells us that the leek has many important historical uses, from winning wars to fighting off …
 
Vampires of the Valley and Other Strange Creatures There are strange creatures lurking in the Vale of Neath. There are vampires, witches, dog demons and the devil, not to mention the poison fish and the magical frog. Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he goes in search of the weird and wonderful entities that inhabit Wales' "waterfall co…
 
Pesky Poltergeists in Wild Wales Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) for some eerie tales of "evil spirits" - what we might call poltergeists nowadays - from Wales' oldest collection of "real-life" ghost stories. Dating from as far back as the seventeenth century, while these "most haunted" tales might be old, they are just as terrifying - i…
 
Kathryn Graham, Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, talks about accountability to Sana Zakaria from the National Institute of Health Research.This is one in a series of Impact Lenses Podcasts from the Impact Frameworks and Cultural Change conference, taking place online on 25-26 February 2021: https://i…
 
Thomas Alslev Christensen, Senior Vice President at the Novo Nordisk Foundation, talks about analysis with Sana Zakaria from the National Institute of Health Research.This is one in a series of Impact Lenses Podcasts from the Impact Frameworks and Cultural Change conference, taking place online on 25-26 February 2021: https://impactframeworks.info/…
 
Catriona Firth, Associate Director for Research Environment at Research England, talks about allocation with Sana Zakaria from the National Institute for Health Research.This is one in a series of Impact Lenses Podcasts from the Impact Frameworks and Cultural Change conference, taking place online on 25-26 February 2021: https://impactframeworks.in…
 
Maeva May, Head of Policy at the British Heart Foundation, talks about advocacy to Sana Zakaria from the National Institute of Health Research.This is one in a series of Impact Lenses Podcasts from the Impact Frameworks and Cultural Change conference, taking place online on 25-26 February 2021: https://impactframeworks.info/Maeva May Twitter: https…
 
Ghosts, Devils and Death Omens; or, A Wild Night by the Romantic Lakes In this long-lost ghost story from the archives, Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) explores a real-life account of an apparition which haunted the sublime lakes and mountains of Wales. It was one moonlit night that a Victorian painter, who was in Wales to capture the romanti…
 
The Dark Fairy Tale of Rhys and Llewellyn Have you ever heard sweet music drifting on the breeze as you walk home through the woods at night? And what would happen if you followed that music, and were lured into an endless dance with the Welsh fairy folk - y Tylwyth Teg? All is revealed as Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) investigates the dark…
 
Featuring themes of domestic violence and attempted suicide... It’s been five months since Bella Hickson killed her husband Connor and Police Constable Sean Cargill is still suffering the consequences. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Alice Farmer is on Sean’s trail. Murder in Lockdown II tells a twisted tale of love, danger, and murder, against the …
 
Witchcraft by the Sea; or, A Tragic Prophesy Do you believe in clairvoyance? What about fortune telling? One Welsh man thought it was all a load of rubbish, but soon changed his mind after a chilling death omen was sent his way from an all-seeing 19th century witch. To find out more, join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates thi…
 
St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers and the 'island of love' According to the legend, the life of fifth-century saint St Dwynen was far from easy. She is said to have forsaken love for herself in order to bring it to others, and was granted wished by angels, and a magic potion, in order to make it happen from a church off the coast of Angl…
 
In this podcast episode HULL IS THIS editor Jerome Whittingham chats to Pippa Robson, Deputy Chief Officer of Forum. Pippa explains the work of Forum, and talks in detail about the Hull Together survey, and opportunity for all residents of the city to shape policy for years to come. "If you’re a Hull resident aged 16 or over, you can make a real di…
 
The Murdered Knight The Ghosts and Folklore podcast kicks off 2021 in the best possible way - with a real-life "Ghosts of Wales" story sure to send a shiver down your spine! Join Mark Rees (author of Ghosts of Wales) as he investigates a long-lost tale from the Victorian archives, in which an "intelligent" man is turned from a hard-nosed sceptic to…
 
New Year's Folklore of Wales It's out with the old and in with the new on the Ghosts and Folklore of Wales podcast! Join Mark Rees (author of Paranormal Wales/ Ghosts of Wales) as he explores the old New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traditions, from such curious customs as the Mari Lwyd to seasonal favourite Calennig. Is it good luck or bad luck i…
 
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