Paul Weatherhead

author, musician, songwriter

Paul Weatherhead is a native of the Calder Valley and was brought up in Hebden Bridge. After several years teaching in Greece, Moscow and Northern Siberia, he returned to the Valley in the late 1990s. He has a longstanding obsession with the weird history of the area leading to the first edition of Weird Calderdale in 2003 which went on to become a local best-seller. His research into Alan Godfrey’s alien encounter led to a deeper investigation into the phenomenon, which formed his Master of Arts dissertation about the philosophy of alien abduction.

Paul’s writing has been published in various magazines and journals, including Psychology Today, The Skeptic and Northern Life.

As well as his research interests, Paul is a musician and songwriter, playing electric mandolin with cult folk rock band the Ukrainians as well as composing his solo work of comic folk horror songs inspired by 60s psychedelia, 80s video nasties and the Hebden Bridge Times.

He lives on the hills above Hebden Bridge with his wife Siberian born artist Larisa Moskaleva who provided many of the illustrations for Weird Calderdale.

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