Christopher Priest is one of British science fiction’s most acclaimed writers. We will be looking at a selection of his stories from The Dream Archipelago which wander into the territory of the uncanny including. Stories under consideration will be “The Watched” and “The Cremation” from THE DREAM ARCHIPELAGO. Please read the stories in advance. NB: This is a reading and discussion group rather than a meet-up with the author himself.
The Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy connects two major strengths within Anglia Ruskin University: writing and publishing alongside literary criticism. It is comprised of Faculty members, associate lecturers and postgraduate and undergraduate students.
The great Cambridge writer M. R. James was known to read his ghost stories to entertain friends on Christmas Eve. We will be reviving the tradition with a solstice celebration! Playwright, actor and award-winning short story writer Reggie Oliver will be reading ‘A Game of Bear’, left unfinished by James and completed by Oliver himself. Afterward, Dr. Helen Marshall, Prof. Sarah Annes Brown and Mr. Oliver will discuss the development of the ghost story tradition.