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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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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 (
    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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  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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