LAPIS Conference 2020

LAPIS Conference 2020 COVID-19 Statement


We are living through a year where everyday life, like popping out to the shops or taking the dog for a walk, is every bit as bizarre as the stories we read about Bigfoot, UFOs or Ghosts!


While the future is uncertain, LAPIS are still in the process of planning their 2020 Conference, which is scheduled for Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of October 2020. We hope that the event will be a welcome change to everyone who has been isolating all spring and possibly summer.


Obviously with a changing situation worldwide, our plans may have to be amended, but we’re hoping, along with the UK Government, that things will be starting to get back to “normal” by then. (Whatever “normal” is or may turn out to be)


Therefore we would love it if you could join us on Facebook [LAPIS Conference 2020] and/or keep an eye on our website


Of course if you really want to show support for the event you could even join those who have already bought a ticket. (In the event that the event is a non event full refunds will be issued!)

Tickets will also be available on the door and cards are accepted


The LAPIS Conference will be held on the 17th and 18th of October 2020 at the YMCA in St Annes, Lancashire. The speakers, the LAPIS team and we hope, lots of friends old and new will again be staying at The Lindum Hotel.


Melanie Warren

The Devil in Lancashire's Folklore

Melanie Warren’s book ‘Lancashire Folk’ is a gazetteer of all things weird in the Red Rose county, from boggarts and ghosts to standing stones and green men. In particular, Lancashire is rich in tales about the Devil, who builds roads in a single night, answers schoolboys’ requests to appear to them and joins in card games with those fool enough to play such games on a Sunday. But, as some of these stories show, he is not as clever as he thinks – more than one tale describes how someone has managed to strike a bargain and ‘trick the Devil’! It is particularly interesting that the same story is often linked to several different locations – clear evidence of the effectiveness of the oral tradition. As Melanie discusses these folk-tales, she hopes to illustrate why they are as engaging today as they ever were.

Richard Freeman

The Mongolian Death Worm

The Mongolian Death worm is a creature said to exist in the Gobi Desert. In 2005 Cryptozoologist Richard Freeman was part of an expediton to search for evidence of its’ existence. In his talk Richard will be discussing his findings and the latest evidence of this amazing creature. Richard is the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean zoology, the author of a number of books and has spoken at many Fortean events.

Rob Whitehead

Schoolyard UFO Sightings

Rob Whitehead had his first UFO sighting when he was a child. He remembers his sighting not being taken seriously by adults and has often wondered how many other kids with similar experiences have had their testimony dismissed, purely because they were children. Listen as Rob reveals details of some extraordinary childhood UFO encounters from around the world that few people have heard of, and others that are considered to be among the most intriguing and baffling on record.'

Jackie Tonks and Richard Freeman

Gef the Talking Mongoose

During the 1930s a strange creature was said to exist in a remote farmhouse on the Isle of Man. It could speak, catch and kill rabbits and travel around the island. It asked to be called Gef (Jeff) and claimed to be a “extra, extra clever mongoose”, but was was it really? A hoax, a poltergeist, a symptom of mental illness or a cryptid ? Jackie and Richard will be looking at the case from differing perspectives and will try to untangle the mystery of Gef.

Glen Vaudrey

The Risley Silverman

Late one March evening in 1978 Ken Edwards was driving home when he witnessed a 7-foot tall silver figure, which did not appear to have knee joints, walking stiffly down an embankment. It shone beams of light from its eyes at Ken, before walking through a fence and disappearing. Ken reckoned that he had ‘lost an hour’ of time. Ken was so distressed by what he had seen that he reported it to the police within hours. Had he seen an extraterrestrial from a UFO, a ghost or an inter-dimensional visitor or could there be some other explanation?

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