Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night.

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Donations

Newcastle Skeptics runs the vast majority of its events for free. We operate purely through donations, to cover speaker expenses. If you'd like to help our group continue in the future, you can do so below with either Paypal or Bitcoin. Alternatively, come see us on the night. We advise £3, or whatever you can afford.

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All welcome - apply now!

When?
Wednesday, September 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
All welcome - apply now!

What's the talk about?

The fourth annual Open Mic Night is upon us! We will be hosting a series of short skeptical talks from the audience. That's you! Ever fancied ten minutes on our stage to talk about something of a skeptical nature? Now's your chance! All you need to do is fill in a short form.

In the past we've had talks on:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Urban Space
  • Youth Politics
  • Economics
  • Neurology
  • Robotics
  • Digital Rights

If there's a myth that needs bustin', we need you!


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Margaret Corvid

When?
Wednesday, October 14 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Margaret Corvid

What's the talk about?

Margaret Corvid will give you an introduction to BDSM and how the culture and community works in the UK. Covering the various different kinds of kink - from foot fetish to whips - BDSM relationships, negotiation and consent, as well as BDSM and the law. She'll also debunk lots of myths about BDSM that have populated our culture since 50 Shades, as well as the recent porn panic laws, and what it's like to be, or to visit, a pro Domme.


Margaret Corvid is a professional Domme and blogger of the New Statesman writing the column "Power Trip" which covers kink and sex work from both a personal and professional perspective.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Note: This talk covers themes of an adult nature. Under-18s are not permitted. ID may be requested by staff.

Bradley Garrett

When?
Wednesday, November 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Bradley Garrett

What's the talk about?

I want to ask you to think about borders. Not borders between countries, but the borders we encounter everyday, boundaries set up by governments, corporations and by fellow citizens. Many of these borders are invisible until we cross them. Trespass is good for cities, because it makes everyday borders visible so that we can discuss whether or not they are ethical, justified or even legal.


Dr Bradley L. Garrett is a social geographer at the University of Southampton with an interest in lost, forgotten and off-limits places. From 2005-2008 he travelled the world as an archaeologist. Since then, he has lived as an urban explorer, photographing off-limits urban places.

His first book, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City (Verso Books 2013), is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. His second book Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital (Prestel Publishing 2014), is a photographic dissection of what lies underneath the streets of London, layer by layer. 2016 marks the release of the final book in his urban exploration triptych; London Rising (Prestel Publishing 2016), documents the social, infrastructural and corporate verticalities of the city. Details of his current research, media projects, publications and events can be found at www.bradleygarrett.com


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Aliyah Saleem

When?
Wednesday, December 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Aliyah Saleem

What's the talk about?

"The talk that I hope to give will focus on apostasy from Islam, and the consequences it can have for ex-Muslims here in Britain, and around the world. I will discuss my own journey out of Islam as well as my experiences of being an ‘out of the closet’ apostate. I will try to give an insight into the kind of reactions that an ex-Muslim can face for speaking out, and for choosing to leave Islam. Furthermore I will speak about the work that Faith to Faithless is doing and why we thought it was necessary to hold events across universities to raise awareness for the growing and largely hidden ex-Muslim community in Britain."

"I aim to discuss how there is a gendered experience for women who choose to leave Islam, as well as the heightened experience that some ex-Muslims can face if they are also members of the LGBT community. We have found that public institutions and counselling professionals do not know much about apostasy, and this can cause an issue as many ex-Muslims can suffer from mental health issues caused by the breakdown of family relationships. Overall the talk will be about the taboo of apostasy, and how people are starting to break the structures that hold it in place." 


Aliyah Saleem is an Ex-Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage who was born in London. She is a cofounder of Faith to Faithless, and a grass roots activist working on ex-Muslim issues.  

Aliyah has spoken publicly about the Islamic school that she attended in Britain and the manner in which she was expelled for possessing a camera. She has written for the Times, and was part of documentary about ex-Muslims for the BBC.She left Islam at the age of 19 after researching into evolution and feminist arguments about the role of religion in society. She spent 5 years in a British Islamic boarding school, and a year studying interpretation of the Quran in Pakistan.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.