Graham Hoyland:  Yeti - An Abominable History

What leads mankind to believe in monsters? What happens when we meet the brutal creatures of our nightmares?

Tales of the Himalayan yeti have been recorded for centuries. This huge, ape-like, hairy creature has tantalised explorers, mountaineers and locals with curious footprints and elusive appearances. But until recently, no one has been able to identify what this mythical creature might be, or even determine if it is real.

On an expedition to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, Graham Hoyland found and filmed footprints of the mythical yeti in a part of the country that has never before been visited by Western explorers. In a lost valley near the unclimbed mountain Gangkar Punsum, Hoyland believes he was stalked by the mysterious yeti, a beast so unspeakably powerful that locals say it can kill a yak with one savage blow of its fist.

As he delves into the fascinating history of this ancient legend, Hoyland hears tales of the yeti from Sherpas who have tried and failed to track it. He explores the literary hinterland behind the legend and searches for the yeti’s American cousin Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and her African relative Mokl-Mbmb. From the dubious, mystical pseudo-science of the Nazis in the 1930s to our current era of post-truth’ and fake news’, Hoyland examines the age-old cultural phenomena that have shaped our collective consciousness and fueled a belief in the existence of these monstrous creatures.

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Saturday 20th October 4.00pm

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Corn Exchange

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