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Do other races exist just beyond the boundaries of humankind? Legends of their existence persist across many cultures. So, what are these creatures? Beings of myth and magic? Guardians of nature? Or malign entities from darkest folklore? Join your guides to the fae realms, Dan Baines and Fiona Maher in their quest for the truth.
Do other races exist just beyond the boundaries of humankind? Legends of their existence persist across many cultures. So, what are these creatures? Beings of myth and magic? Guardians of nature? Or malign entities from darkest folklore? Join your guides to the fae realms, Dan Baines and Fiona Maher in their quest for the truth. << Show Less
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The Fairy Podcast Episode 10 - The Fairy/Alien Connection and UAP Disclosure Recorded a week before the release of the highly anticipated report on the Pentagon's research into Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), aka UFOs, we discuss the connection between aliens and fairies. Although encounters bear many similarities, are they separate entities, or are they the same phenomenon we have just interpreted differently?Could extraterrestrials actually be terrestrial? Have we been searching deep space for alien life, when in fact, it's been here all along? We tackle all of these questions and much more.
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The Fairy Podcast Episode 10 - The Fairy/Alien Connection and UAP Disclosure Recorded a week before the release of the highly anticipated report on the Pentagon's research into Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), aka UFOs, we discuss the connection between aliens and fairies. Although encounters bear many similarities, are they separate entities, or are they the same phenomenon we have just interpreted differently?Could extraterrestrials actually be terrestrial? Have we been searching deep space for alien life, when in fact, it's been here all along? We tackle all of these questions and much more.
The Fairy Podcast Episode 9 - Sebastian Baczkiewicz Interview About Pilgrim In this special episode we interview Sebastian Baczkiewicz about his long-running series for Radio 4, Pilgrim, which draws on the myth and folklore of the British Isles and stars Paul Hilton as the immortal protagonist, William Palmer. The series was nominated for the Prix Italia and awarded silver at the Prix Europa.This fantasy tale follows William Palmer, a stone mason who, in the 12th Century was on a pilgrimage to Canterbury when he inadvertently offended the king of the Grey Folk (the fairies), who cursed him to life eternal. The series documents Palmer’s adventures between the worlds of faerie and man and incorporates Sebastian's vast knowledge of folklore.
The Fairy Podcast Episode 8 - Fairy Rings & Fasting for Spiritual Growth Many religions incorporate fasting as a means to bring people spiritually closer to god but can fasting also make our brains more receptive to paranormal experiences? Has the modern diet fogged our psychic perception that once allowed us to see things such as fairies more frequently?Could ancient stone circles mark the entrances to other worlds and do they have a greater purpose than just charting the passing of the seasons or places to conduct funeral ceremonies?We discuss this and more.Please follow us on iTunes and Facebook and if you enjoyed the show why not take a few moments to write a quick review?
The Fairy Podcast Episode 7 - John Walker, The Fairy Faith & The Fairy Flag of Dunvegan We interview John Walker, one of Canada's most respected documentary filmmakers about his 2000 film , 'The Fairy Faith'. We talk to him about his personal journey into a world of myth and imagination that he learned from his grandmother and his search of this potent “otherworld” of the imagination.We also discuss The Fairy Flag of Dunvegan, which some materialists believe to be only a relic of the Crusades -- a consecrated banner of the Knights Templars, but which all true Highlanders affirm to have been a gift to some ancestral MacLeod, from a fairy maiden.
The Fairy Podcast Episode 6 - Peter Pan, Shadows and Pat Noone's Farm Fiona visits Ireland's most mysterious farm in Ballinasloe, County Galway and interviews Pat Noone. A Fertility Stone, Local Cures and Healing, a Fairy Fort, Iron Age Swords, and an Entrance to the Otherworld can all be found at Green Hills Farm but what will Fiona make of it?We also discuss the connection between fairy folklore and shadows starting with the most iconic shadow/fairy connection; Peter Pan. We also discuss the strange tale of a Scottish man who was almost the victim of a fairy shadow theft. What does our shadow represent and why does it seem that our shadow has some form of desirability and importance to the wee folk?
The Fairy Podcast Episode 5 - Fairy Sightings, Missing People and Bigfoot A bumper episode in which we cover listener fairy sightings, the Missing 411 series by David Paulides, UHFs (Unidentified Human Forms) in the landscape and even Bigfoot gets a mention and how he could be more fairy than hairy.
The Fairy Podcast Episode 4 - Joe Cooper and The Cottingley Fairies We interview Jane Cooper, daughter of the late Joe Cooper, the author of what is considered to be the definitive book on The Cottingley Fairies. In this rare and exclusive interview, Jane discusses her late father and his beliefs in not only fairies but also the supernatural.












































Joe Cooper, who has died aged 87, was the jovial debunker of&nbsp;the celebrated Cottingley fairy photographs (supposedly showing fairies captured on film in a Yorkshire garden in&nbsp;1917). He remained a firm believer in unexplained phenomena to the end. In&nbsp;spite of finally prompting a confession of fakery by one of the two cousins who took the pictures, Cooper was far from sceptical about the existence of "little people" and thought that something genuinely unusual had happened in the West Riding village.His engaging and sympathetic approach ended the long deception by the cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, who were in their 80s when Cooper's interview appeared in the magazine The Unexplained in 1983. They described to him how the "fairies" had been copied by Wright from a well-known children's book of the time, The&nbsp;Queen's Gift Book, and then held in&nbsp;place with hatpins.Such trickery was widely assumed to have taken place by the time the interview appeared, in spite of the early endorsement of the images by&nbsp;photographic specialists and eminent figures, notably the writer Sir&nbsp;Arthur Conan Doyle. In a television discussion after Cooper's story had been published, Griffiths explained how she and Wright had seen a childish joke get wildly out of&nbsp;hand, because of people who "believed because they wanted to&nbsp;believe".In a sense, this was true of Cooper, who combined an academic career with less conventional enthusiasms to which he devoted great zest. He promoted astrology and psychic investigation winningly, believing in Conan Doyle's summary of the fairies: "The recognition of their existence will jolt the material 20th-century mind out of its heavy ruts in the mud, and will make it admit that there is a glamour and mystery to life."












































Cooper parted company with mainstream academia in research for his master's degree at Bradford University, which amassed data to suggest links between season of birth and eventual choice of occupation. One of his many other interests was playing the ukulele, and he performed his own astrological composition, Zing Zat Zodiac Zong, on TV after an interview with David Dimbleby in a series on the&nbsp;"beyond".Cooper was born in Leeds, but the family moved early to Southampton and he was educated at Taunton school. During the second worl
The Fairy Podcast Episode 3 - Richard Dadd & The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke Fairies and madness, why are these subjects so closely intertwined? Nothing exhibits this close relationship more than The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke by Richard Dadd; painted in Bedlam Lunatic Asylum over a period of nine years and still incomplete, what drives artists to fanatically devote their lives to fairies?Plus, coincidence or fate? Dan reveals a strange connection to Richard Dadd and Siegfried Sassoon, war poet and the final owner of The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke.












































For a larger image and detailed account on The Fairy Feller’s Master Stroke visit The Tate Gallery website here.



































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More images and information on Weirleigh house can be found here.You can submit your own stories and experiences for inclusion in the show by e-mailing us at stories@thefairypodcast.com You can also e-mail the hosts directly at fiona@thefairypodcast.com or dan@thefairypodcast.com
The Fairy Podcast Episode 2 - The Cottingley Fairies - The Truth? In this episode we discuss the most famous of all fairy cases, The Cottingley Fairies. Although revealed as a hoax in 1983 is there more to this story than meets the eye? Fiona reveals startling new evidence which has been hidden in plain sight for over 100 years. Not everything is always as it seems!Fiona's book 'The Secret of the Cottingley Fairies: Hidden for 100 Years: The New Evidence' is available via Amazon here in paperback and also on Kindle.Dan also chats about his experience of the 'stairs in the woods' phenomenon, where people all over the world are finding inexplicable stairways in forests that lead to nowhere. More information and stories regarding stairs in the woods can be found here.You can submit your own stories and experiences for inclusion in the show by e-mailing us at stories@thefairypodcast.com You can also e-mail the hosts directly at fiona@thefairypodcast.com or dan@thefairypodcast.com
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