Poltergeist over Lincolnshire

In the nineteenth century rural Lincolnshire saw a surprising outbreak of poltergeist activity. Although some of these phenomena proved to be the work of tricksters or bored teenagers, others remain genuinely mysterious. In small villages a number of seemingly paranormal occurrences convinced local people that supernatural and even diabolical entities were at work, what else could explain the resurrection of a hare, or the destruction of a string of sausages by invisible hands?


Dr. Sophie Hollinshead worked at the University of Nottingham for over twenty-five years as a lecturer and programme manager in interdisciplinary humanities. She currently works at Newstead Abbey the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron, and at Nottingham Castle. Her interests are in landscape, culture and above all place, and her PhD explored the transformatory potential of landscape on the individual. The impact, influences, traditions, and spirit(s) of place are what inspire her.

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Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic, ethnographer and folklorist speaking and writing about esoteric history, art, culture, women and Cornwall. She is the author of Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently working on several Colquhoun related manuscripts. She is also the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022). She has contributed gallery texts and essays for a number of institutions including Tate, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and she is a curator and host for the Last Tuesday Society lecture series.

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