GLEN VAUDREY

GLEN WRITES: "I am one of the UK's leading researchers of tales concerning the Scottish waterhorse tradition and sightings. I have written two books in the CFZ's Mystery Animals of the British Isles series; The Mystery Animals of the Western Isles, (2009) and The Mystery Animals of the Northern Isles, (2011). I have two more in the works: The Mystery Animals of Staffordshire co-written with Nick Redfern, which will be available later this year, and The Mystery Animals of Cheshire which should see the light of day in 2014. My book on Scottish sea serpent carcases was published in 2012. I am also currently investigating reports of Icelandís feathered cryptid the Hverafuglar (hot spring bird) with the aim of going on an expedition searching for any signs or sightings of this remarkable bird within the next couple of years.

I'm married to Kerry and currently living at the northern tip of rural Cheshire in a village vacated by my ancestors some 150 years ago, surely whatever they did must have been forgotten by now."

LARS THOMAS

Lars Thomas (b. 1960) is a Danish zoologist, cryptozoologist and author of more than 50 books on subjects as diverse as danish ghosts, Jack the Ripper, whisky, and aquatic monsters of Northern Europe. He has travelled extensively all over the world in search of animals and unexplained phenomena from Central America to New Zealand, Australia, and Africa. His specializes in identifying hairs, otoliths, beaks and other small remnants of larger organisms. He has worked with CFZ on numerous occasions and studied anything from the hairs of leopards found close to the CFZ headquarters to possible new species of spiny mouse found IN the CFZ headquarters as well as orang-pendek hairs, blue dog hairs and various other bits and pieces.

NICK WADHAM

Nick is a writer, naturalist and entrepreneur living in Yeovil, Somerset. Aided by his massively talented children, he runs Bugfest - home of the South Westís premier bug show, educational visit provider, and purveyors of a unique birthday party experience. He is also an all round good egg, a rather good writer, and crazy enough to be an integral part of the CFZ family.

RONAN COGHLAN

The undoubted star of the last few years, we couldn't imagine hosting a Weird Weekend without him; in a weekend packed with great performers, Ronan will probably be the most funniest speaker. He was born in Dublin, 1948.

After a school career in which he often made minimal effort, he went on to Trinity College, Dublin, from which he holds an MA degree and the Higher Diploma in Education. He has worked at a large number of schools in both Ireland and Britain, notably at Hawkhurst Court (Sussex) and Rockport (Northern Ireland). He harbours a low opinion of current education and the philosophy lying behind it.

His first venture into writing occurred with Irish Christian Names (1979). His Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends (1991) proved highly popular, selling 120,000 copies worldwide and being translated into Japanese. His small Dictionary of Irish Myth and Legend has also sold widely. His major work on cryptozoology A Dictionary of Cryptozoology (2004) was aimed chiefly at those who could not afford the monumental works of Eberhart and Newman, yet who needed a good reference book on the subject, which is approached more from a folkloric than a zoological angle. His Handbook of Fairies (1998) is a n alphabetical guide to that subject. He has also written Cryptosup, a booklet supplementing his dictionary. He is currently working on a number of projects.

Ronan Coghlan is married with three children. He currently lives in Bangor, Northern Ireland.

RICHARD FREEMAN

Richard Freeman is one of Britain's few professional cryptozoologists. His interest in unknown animals reaches back to his childhood and he has had a long and varied career working with exotic creatures. He was head curator of reptiles at Twycross zoo in the Midlands. From 1996-8 he studied zoology at Leeds university and later moved to Exeter to work full time as the Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the UK`s only cryptozoological organisation.

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