The Halifax Ghost Story Festival at Dean Clough Halifax, 2012
Saturday 17th November features our panel discussion “The Ghost Story After MR James” with Ramsey Campbell, Joel Lane and Reggie Oliver plus Ray Russell of Tartarus Press in the chair (11am start) • Jonathan Miller and Christopher Frayling In Conversation (2pm start) • Screening of “Whistle and I’ll Come to You” (1968) and “The Hand” (2007) (4.15pm start) • Reggie Oliver reads “A Piece of Elsewhere” from his award–winning collection “Mrs Midnight” (6pm start) • Chris Priestley reads his chilling, beguiling story, “The Demon Bench–End” (6.45pm start) • Max Raven delights and mystifies with his “mentalist” show: is he another Derren Brown? Or the real deal? Trickster or Magus, it’s for you to decide (8.30pm start)
Sunday 18th November features films and conversation with Lawrence Gordon Clark, the director who invented the acclaimed “Ghost Story for Christmas” series – 1970s, BBC TV (12.40pm start) • See “The Stalls of Barchester” (1971) and Clark’s masterpiece, “The Signalman” (1976) • Plus recent short films from the genre – “Vespers” (2008) and “The Wailing Well” (2010) • Ending with the 2005 BBC TV adaptation of an MR James story, “A View from a Hill”, directed by Luke Watson: beautifully observed, with actors, script and camera perfectly focused on “blind” fate… and, happily, one of the contemporary adaptations that Lawrence Gordon Clark thinks works really well.