Welcome to Lewes Skeptics in the Pub

What is Skeptics in the Pub?

Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) is a monthly event where people can meet and discuss science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. At each event a speaker is invited to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere. There are now about 50 towns and cities throughout the UK & Ireland hosting Skeptics in the Pub events.

For more information about the idea behind Skeptics in the Pub please look at this BBC Report and this Wikipedia entry.

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Entry to the talks generally cost £3.50 payable on the door (if unsold seats available) or by advance ticket.   Tickets for each event will become available soon after the preceding event and can be purchased from behind the bar at the Elephant & Castle, Lewes.  You can also buy tickets online (a small surcharge applies);  there is a link on the event page.  


Please note: Events at the Elephant & Castle take place in an upstairs room and unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Beth Miller

Wednesday, October 26 2016 at 8:00PM

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White Hill
East Sussex

Beth Miller

What's the talk about?

Four hundred years since he died, Shakespeare’s popularity is greater than ever. But whenever Beth Miller told people she was writing a book about him, she was amazed by the number who asked, ‘Who do you think really wrote the plays? ’ Scepticism about Shakespeare’s authorship, though a fringe belief, has a grip on the public imagination.

In this talk, Beth will consider some of the rival claimants (there are many), and explore the reasons why people think one of these, rather than Shakespeare, was the author of the plays. She will also discuss the undervalued skill of ‘making stuff up, ’ and how we are prone to forget its power once we leave childhood behind.

Beth’s new book, For the Love of Shakespeare, will be published by Summersdale on 13th October. Her previous non-fiction book is For the Love of the Archers (Summersdale, 2015) ; and she is also the author of two novels, When We Were Sisters and The Good Neighbour, both published by Ebury (Random House). She has a PhD in Psychology.


Tickets available from the bar at the Elly or online here


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