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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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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James Welch

When?
Wednesday, August 12 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
James Welch

What's the talk about?

The Conservative Government has come to power with a manifesto commitment to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a “British Bill of Rights”.  But plans to legislate were not included in the Queen’s Speech; instead the Government proposes to bring forward proposals for a Bill some time this year. 


James Welch, the Legal Director of Liberty will seek to explode the myths around the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights that it gives effect to.  He will argue that repeal of the Act and/or any change to our relationship to the European are not only unnecessary but extremely undesirable.   

Liberty is a campaigning group working to protect civil liberties and promote human rights through a combination of test case litigation, lobbying, campaigning and the provision of free advice. Liberty is an independent membership organisation and relies on the support of individuals.  Join today at www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk.  James has been Liberty’s Legal Director since 2000.


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.

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.