2012′s event included:
- Alom Shaha, author of the Young Atheist’s Handbook, talking about his experiences as a young non-believer in a Muslim family. Alom had his launch party at Conway Hall in London, and we’ve never seen it so packed and full of excited people. He’s the man of the moment.
- The Pod Delusion LIVE - after the enormous success of TPD Live in 2011, we brought it back. Write and record your own reports, to be featured in a special live recording of premier skeptical podcast The Pod Delusion.
- The Big Questival Photo Challenge - Questivillains were running around in teams, putting together a series of photos using cunningly constructed scenarios, plus the people and places of Stratford.
- Jonny Scaramanga, deconverted Christian fundamentalist and campaigner against fundamentalist education in the UK (of which there is more than you might think), discussed what we can do to stop the proliferation of religious dogma in the classroom.
- A magical ghost cruise down the river Avon - we sailed down the Avon as the sun set, listening to a professional sorceror regale us with ghostly tales.
- Jonny Berliner – purveyor of skeptical awesomeness via the medium of song
- Atheist Olympics - apparently there’s was some event going on in the other, inferior Stratford, but it paled in comparison.
- Flying Spaghetti Monster morning service - Ramen.
- Giant Twister - what more needs to be said?
- Plus worm racing (not real worms), pubbing, pizza, and the company of truly awesome people.
Last year’s event took place near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. There was a Treasure Hunt; a workshop on media spin by philosopher Julian Baggini; field reporting with The Pod Delusion; entertainment by comedy mathemagician Matt Parker; a workshop on campaigning with the BHA Faith Schools Campaigner Richy Thompson and the anti-homeopathy campaigner from 10:23 Michael Marshall; archery and sailing; the fantastic sciencey music of singer-songwriter Jonny Berliner; making your own god in Idol Idol and much more fun, games and worm racing…Photos can be seen here.
AHS Questival Review: http://www.ahsstudents.org.uk/news/2011/8/9/questival-2011/
Normal Ralph Questival Review: http://www.normanralph.com/2011/08/09/questival-2011/
Pod Delusion at Questival: http://www.ahsstudents.org.uk/news/2011/8/30/the-pod-delusion-at-questival/
The first Questival was held at Dalesbridge, in the Yorkshire Dales. Activities included frisbee and hiking; a discussion about values; a talk from Skepchick activist Rebecca Watson; comedy from podcaster Iszi Lawrence; and a new religions competition featuring the fascinating creed of dildoism. Photos are here.
AHS Questival Review: http://www.ahsstudents.org.uk/questival/2010/