Real-life paranormal experts and events at HedgeGhoul21

Real-life paranormal investigators will be just some of the guests at a Hallowe’en mini-festival at Hedgeschool21 in Castle Street this Thursday, October 27, and Friday, October 28, from 7pm-9pm.

Over two nights HedgeGhoul21 will offer expert talks on ghosts, poltergeists, haunted houses, and exorcism, the Irish premiere of a Canadian documentary on Ouija boards, and a GhostShare of spooky stories.

Anthony McCann, director of Hedgeschool21, said of the mini-festival: “The city is quickly becoming one of the best places in the world for celebrating Hallowe’en. HedgeGhoul21 is a great opportunity to meet paranormal investigators and to hear some of the real stories behind weird and wonderful tales of supernatural phenomena.”

On Thursday, October 27, Emma McNeil will give a talk entitled “Things That Go Bump in the Night - Haunted Houses, Poltergeists, and Other Household Visitors”.

McNeil, a freelance journalist and expert in the paranormal who has written for the magazines Fortean Times, Beyond, and Paranormal, will look at the evidence and the real stories behind such well known cases of haunting such as the Amityville Horror, the Enfield Poltergeist, and the Exorcist, among others.

This talk will be followed by a rare viewing of the Canadian documentary Conjuring Philip (Reeltime, 2008, Donna Zuckerbrot, 48 mins), which follows psychologists as they undertake experiments in communication with the spirit world. Did a group of Canadian paranormal investigators really invent a ghost named Philip?

On Friday, October 28, also 7-9pm, HedgeGhoul21 welcomes writers David M. Kiely and Christina McKenna who will give a talk about their recent book, The Dark Sacrament: Exorcism in Modern Ireland (2006 Gill & Macmillan).

The Dark Sacrament recounts nine contemporary cases of demon possession, haunted houses, and exorcisms, showcasing the work of two living, active exorcists - Reverend William H. Lendrum and Father Ignatius McCarthy.

This talk will be followed by a GhostShare of spooky personal ghost stories among all in attendance.

Entry to HedgeGhoul21 for these Hallowe’en events is £10 each night.

For further information please contact Hedgeschool21 on 07913 736 897, by email at, or visit the website at

Hedgeschool21 is based in 11 Castle Street, Derry.