Sam Knight’s book The Premonitions Bureau explores the phenomenon of premonitions through the gripping account of a British experiment run in the late 1960s. For 18 months, psychiatrist John Barker and the Evening Standard’s science correspondent, Peter Fairley, operated the Premonitions Bureau, collecting premonitions from the newspaper’s readers and publishing those that appeared to come true. Here, Knight explains how the Bureau’s research blurred the line between science and the supernatural, and how the phenomenon of premonitions can reveal something This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 50 Close Knit Close Knit: Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Peace & Quiet In the UK, a centuries-old Quaker meeting house encourages quiet reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Free Wheelers On the road with London’s Velociposse Cycling Club.