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Curiosity Club: Postal Pranks + Sun Spots, Moon Shadows and Human Behaviour

Wednesday 21st September 2016

At Revelation

Doors 7:15 pm

Price £8 / £10 on the door (2-for-1 enter the promotion code ‘CURIOSITY’)

Revelation Ashford presents:

Following the great response to the launch of the Curiosity Club in June, Revelation St Mary’s is pleased to announce a second night of engaging talks from David Bramwell and local speaker, Kevin Barry.

Hosted by David Bramwell, (Radio3/4 Sony-award Programme winner) Curiosity Club is an exploration of locally based themes and speakers, people will be talking about their passion and stories.

Dr. Bramwell is a man who likes to keep busy. A magpie by nature, he is a Sony-award winning presenter for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 and host of Brighton’s Catalyst Club, an evening of interesting talks and discussion. He is author of the popular No9 Bus to Utopia, creator of the successful Cheeky Guide series – guide books with a twist, and singer-songwriter in the atmospheric Indie band Oddfellow’s Casino.

As a performer he has toured several solo shows, won awards for ‘Best Comedy’ and ‘Outstanding Theatre’ at Brighton Fringe Festival and, together with fellow musician Eliza Skelton, entertained festival and cinema audiences with “Sing-along-a-Wickerman”. He also co-hosts a popular fortnightly podcast, The Odditorium, with fellow performer, Dave Mounfield which has run as a spoken word tent at Wilderness, Secret Garden Party and Brighton Fringe Festival.

More recently, Dr Bramwell has become known for his entertaining lectures and has spoken on such themes as ghost villages, the trickster, utopia, the community of Damanhur and postal pranks at TEDx, The School of Life, 5X15, Idler Academy, Hay Literary Festival, Wilderness, Sunday Assembly and the Lowry Theatre. He is however, just as happy performing in the back room of a pub. ‘A natural storyteller’ – Radio Times.

More about the talks on the night…

The History of Postal Pranks & Mischief
by David Bramwell

Who hasn’t at some time in their life received a flip flop through the mail? I know I have. But then I did spend a year posting the strangest things I could think of to various friends around the world. My inspiration however was not Warhol’s pal Ray Johnson, who some claim to be the godfather of ‘mail art’, but a Victorian prankster called Reginald Bray. Over his lifetime Bray sent over 30,000 singular objects through the mail, including a cigarette, turnips, a bowler hat, his dog and himself. He even tested the wit of the humble postie by sending postcards with backward hand-writing and cryptic clues for uncovering the recipient’s address. This talk is a celebration of Bray as the real godfather of postal mischief and how he inspired me to follow in his footsteps. Without this I’d have never experienced the delight in seeing the postman’s face one morning handing me a set of false teeth with the stamps stuck on the gums.

This talk has been given at the Postal Museum and Archive, Sunday Assembly, Wilderness Festival, WI Eastbourne, Port Eliot festival, Joanna Neary’s Comedy Night, Angel Comedy Islington, Last Tuesday Society, Hendricks Carnival of Knowledge. Secret Garden Party.

Sun Spots, Moon Shadows And Human Behaviour
by Kevin Barry

Why have wars occurred at regular intervals throughout history and is the pattern destined to be repeated? Is there a link between the lunar cycle and the price of silver? What is the connection between tree rings in Java and the UK property market?

Kevin misspent his early career in the music business promoting rock concerts during the formative years of the punk movement. He later went on to stage manage several major events in Australia.
After a serious talking to by his mother, Kevin reformed and moved into the IT industry where he worked for many years.

Kevin is currently an independent stock and options trader and with a strong interest in the analysis of natural cycles, particularly in regard to the financial markets. He runs seminars for private traders, writes about trading techniques and has appeared on BBC Radio commenting upon the financial markets.

Special Offer: 2-for-1 tickets

To take advantage of this offer simply select two tickets, go in to the basket and enter the promotion code ‘CURIOSITY’ before proceeding to check out.