I took a break from speaking engagements in 2022 in order to concentrate on two major research projects but I very much enjoyed giving a talk at the Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies’ annual conference at Charney Manor, Oxfordshire, between 21st and 23rd April this year. The talk, entitled ‘Scent From Beyond? Olfaction and After-Death Communication’, drew on my ongoing exploration within the RERC archive of religious, spiritual and anomalous experiences with olfactory features. Many thanks to those who organised this event, and particularly to Fee Berry. In due course I’ll be posting the full text of my talk on the ‘Blog, Articles, Reviews’ page of this website but in the meantime here are some highlights of recent years…
Over the weekend of 3rd – 5th September 2021 I was delighted to speak at the Annual Conference of the Churches Fellowship For Psychical and Spiritual Studies which was held at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. The theme of the conference was ‘Inspiration’ and my talk was entitled: ‘A Sacred ‘Something’: Spiritual Awareness Within the Great Outdoors.’ Many thanks to everyone involved and in particular to Jo and Matt Arnold for organising the event so efficiently and for ensuring that it ran so smoothly. You can find the text of my talk over on my blog page.
Covid pretty much put paid to events for the rest of 2021 (and, of course, 2020 too), but on Saturday 19th October 2019 I was delighted to take part with Dr Rupert Sheldrake in the Alister Hardy Trust 50th Anniversary Celebration of the establishment of the Religious Experience Research Unit by Sir Alister Hardy. As my contribution, I gave a talk during the afternoon entitled ‘Researching in the RERC Archive’, drawing on the experience I gained during the writing of my first three books.
An expanded version of my paper appeared in the December 2020 issue of the the Journal for the Study of Religious Experience: ‘Researching In The RERC Archive.’ Journal for the Study of Religious Experience, Vol 6, No 1, 16 December 2020, pp 11-23, and you can find it here: Researching in the RERC Archive | Journal for the Study of Religious Experience (tsd.ac.uk)