Programme

9.00 – 9.30

Registration and coffee

9.30 – 9.45

Welcome and opening remarks

9.45-10.45

Plenary 1 – Ramsey Campbell

‘M.R. James and the Ghost Story Tradition’

10.50 – 12.20

Panel 1 – Contexts

  • Martin Voracek, ‘Awful and beautiful: German translations of M.R. James stories, 1956 to 2011’
  • Ruth Harris, ‘”If I’m not very careful, something of this kind may happen to me!”: M.R. and the Academic Nightmare’
  • David Ibitson, ‘”My friends have been making me take up golf”: Golf and the construction of masculinity in the ghost stories of M.R. James’

12.20 – 13.20

Lunch

 13.20 – 14.20

Plenary 2 – Jacqueline Simpson

‘Folklore in the Tales of M.R. James’

14.25 – 15.55

Panel 2 – Themes

  • Jen Baker, ‘Strange Cries from Across the Mere: M.R. James and the Dead Child Spirit’
  • Ralph Harrington, ‘Haunted journeys: travels, travellers and travelling in M.R. James’s ghost stories’
  • Keith O’Sullivan, ‘“You Know Where I Am If You Want Me”: Sly Savagery and Unquiet Beds in Ghost Stories of an Antiquary’

15.55 – 16.15

Tea and coffee

16.15 – 17.15

Plenary 3 – Andrew Smith

‘M.R. James and the Ghosts of World War 1’

17.15 – 17.30

Closing remarks

17.30 – 18.30

Wine reception

Please note: All refreshments (including lunch) will be provided

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