For those who want to attend, here's the WW website link where you'll find everything you'll need about the lectures, the speakers, the timetable, accommodation in the area and much more.
Having spoken at 4 of the last 8 WW's, I can tell you that it's an excellent event, with a wide and varied array of speakers on a whole range of topics. You'll get to hear much on cryptozoology and strange creatures, and just about anything and everything of a Fortean nature.
Speakers at this year's event include Dr. Karl Shuker, Richard Freeman, Matthew Williams, Ronan Coghlan, Dr. Gail-Nina Anderson, Mike Hallowell, Chris Moiser, Tim Matthews, Paul Vella, Lee Walker, Geoff Ward, Matt Salusbury, Dr. Mike Dash, Oll Lewis and Michael Woodley.
In between now and the conference, I'll be highlighting each day (in CFZ Director Jon Downes' own words) the work of one of the speakers, starting with Dr. Mike Dash.
Over to Jon...
"Mike Dash (b. 1963) is a Welsh writer, journalist and researcher. Born in London, he attended the University of Cambridge and King's College London, and holds a PhD in naval history for the thesis British Submarine Policy 1853–1918.
"Dash worked for 20 years as contributing editor and publisher of the journal Fortean Times. He is regarded as one of the most serious modern investigators into such phenomena, preferring the use of first hand sources and other historically accurate information.
"His works investigate misconceptions and errors in the field of strange phenomena, typically finding a middle path between 'believers' (who, in Dash's view, often accept extraordinary or unusual claims without investigation or on scant evidence) and skeptics and debunkers (who, in Dash's view, often overlook interesting or valuable evidence in their seeming desire to disprove alleged paranormal or anomalous phenomena).
"In Borderlands (1997), Dash repeatedly notes that researchers of unusual phenomena must always be wary of potential hoaxes; time and again people have perpetrated elaborate pranks or hoaxes with little motive other than to fool others.
"Dash has published six books, and a number of articles and papers in Fortean Times and later spin-off titles such as the academic annual Fortean Studies, published from 1994 through 2000."