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Episode 51 – M.R. James Conference 2016

March 31, 2016 | Episodes | Comments (4)

This episode Mike and Will report on the the M.R. James conference, aka ‘Haunted Studies: The Ghost Stories of M.R. James’ and bring you interviews with a range of Jamesian luminaries present at the event.

For more information on the conference, visit the conference website.

People we interview in this episode:

  • Dewi Evans (Acedemia.edu)
    Dewi, along with Jane Mainley-Piddock, organised the conference. You can read more from Dewi at his blog, or follow him on Twitter.
  • Ruth Harris
    Ruth impressed us with her paper  ‘”If I’m not careful, something of this kind may happen to me!”: M.R. James and the Academic Nightmare’
  • Ramsey Campbell (ramseycampbell.com)
    As England’s most celebrated living horror author, Ramsey Campbell needs little introduction. His opening keynote ‘M.R. James and the Ghost Story Tradition’ got the conference off to a flying start.
  • Steve Manthorp (manthorp.co.uk)
    Steve was at the conference exhibiting his fascinating full-size dolls house based on ‘The Haunted Doll’s House’ by M.R. James. You can find our more about Steve at his website and at ADEPT.
  • Dr Andrew Smith (shef.ac.uk)
    Andrew is Reader in Nineteenth Century English Literature at the University of Sheffield, and provided the day’s final keynote on ‘M.R. James and the Ghosts of World War 1’.
  • Richard Mansfield (mansfielddark.com)
    Richard is one half of Mansfield Dark, who have been impressing us for a number of years with their haunting shadow puppet films of M.R. James stories, two of which were shown at the conference. Find out more about these at their website.
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4 Comments

  1. A Rat In The Wall says:

    One day, I’ll actually make it to this convention, one day! It sounds like a ton of fun, but I’d feel so intimidated.

  2. Mitchell Glavas says:

    A great job, as usual. Thanks especially for that brief chat with Dr. Andrew Smith; his was an intriguing point of view, and I’d like to hear more from him.

  3. Kathleen Sharp says:

    Excellent episode, well done.

  4. Hey there, you in the wall! Don’t be intimidated, and by all means come along!

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