A paranormal researcher based in Wiltshire in the South West of England, Hayley investigates reports of paranormal activity using scientific scepticism and rational inquiry. This includes all sorts of strange phenomena but mainly ghosts, monsters and (more recently) fairy experiences.
Hayley began researching paranormal phenomena in 2005 aged 18 as a believer in all sorts of paranormal ideas but started working and blogging as a non-believer in 2007. She works with other researchers on an adhoc basis and balances all of this around her full time job in the arts industry.
‘… knows what [she’s] talking about’ Steven Novella MD
‘one of the most open and vitally observant voices to emerge from the skeptical sub-culture.’ Reality Sandwich
Her writing has appeared in many publications over the years including Skeptical Inquirer, Paranormal Magazine, Skeptic Magazine and more. She also acts as a media adviser for international & regional news outlets, television producers, radio stations, podcasts, blogs and magazines – offering advice on odd stories and topics, or offering insightful opinions on topical features.
Hayley regularly speaks internationally about researching the paranormal from a sceptical position. Audiences have included Denkfest, QEDcon, Centre For Inquiry, British Humanist Association, Skeptics in the Pub, European Skeptics Congress and more.
The ‘Hayley is a Ghost’ blog was short-listed for The Skeptic magazine’s Occham’s Award for ‘Best Skeptic Blog’ 2013 & 2014. She used to co-host the Righteous Indignation Podcast (2009 – 2012) and, until recently, the Be Reasonable Podcast.
‘More skeptics like Hayley, please’ Greg Newkirk, Planet Weird