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Publication of Bogie Tales of East Anglia by M. H. James

My edition of the earliest book devoted to East Anglian folklore, Bogie Tales of East Anglia (1891) by Margaret Helen James, has just been published. Bogie Tales is an important … Continue reading

February 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

A manuscript reunion at Cambridge University Library

Today I had the pleasure of witnessing a lost manuscript from Cambridge University Library‘s Hengrave Manuscripts reunited with the collection after nearly 70 years. A beautifully written and bound manuscript … Continue reading

February 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Article in Downside Review: ‘The Cult of St Edmund, King and Martyr in Medieval Ireland’

My article ‘The Cult of St Edmund, King and Martyr in Medieval Ireland’ has just been published in Downside Review. The article is the first study of the significance of … Continue reading

February 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Commemoration of Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringhay

This morning I spoke at the annual service of commemoration for Mary, Queen of Scots in St Mary and All Saints church, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire. Mary was beheaded in the great … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Speaking to The Ghost Club: ‘”Beware! Beware! of the Black Friar”: Ghosts and the Dissolution of the Monasteries’

Today in central London I spoke to The Ghost Club, the world’s oldest organisation devoted to investigating ghosts, on the theme of monastic ghosts. My talk, entitled ‘”Beware! Beware! of … Continue reading

January 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Talking St Edmund on Newstalk Radio Ireland

This evening Ireland’s Newstalk Radio interviewed me about my book Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King. On the station’s ‘Talking History‘ show, presenter Patrick Geoghegan asked me about the … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ghosts in the Bookshop – a foray into fiction writing

This evening, in an event at Petersfield Bookshop in Hampshire, a short story authored by me will be read out as one of three runners up in a ghost story … Continue reading

December 22, 2018 · 2 Comments