Thursday, 11 July 2013

Roger Luckhurst: The Telepathic WT Stead

Sadly Will Storr cannot make the 25 July as he is interviewing Carrie Fisher (and Mark Hamill) about Star Wars. Can't say we blame him.... Another day for Will and Neil but instead we are very excited to have the following talk:

Professor Roger Luckhurst: The Telepathic WT Stead
25 July 2013 8pm-10pm
£3 / £2 concessions
The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

WT Stead and adoring friend
William T Stead was a towering figure in late Victorian and Edwardian England, a journalist and proprietor who invented the campaigning tabloid expose at the Pall Mall Gazette and then set up the world famous Review of the Reviews in 1890. He was an ardent imperialist, a Liberal radical, a feminist, dissenting Christian, and bugbear of every Prime Minister from 1875 to his death on the Titanic in 1912.

He was also obsessed with every aspect of the occult, from Spiritualism and Theosophy to the new-fangled science of psychical research. He claimed to have powers of telepathic communication, which considerably aided his management of world news, and was also a very chatty spirit after drowning on the Titanic.

Roger Luckhurst teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London. His most recent books

include The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (Oxford, 2012) and a co-edited collection, W. T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (British Library Press, 2012). His edition of H. P. Lovecraft's Classic Horror Tales was published by Oxford in May 2013.

All are welcome. Each LFS evening begins with the Fortmanteau: our monthly summary of strange news stories

7.45pm for 8pm start.
£3/£2 concessions

London Fortean Society meets at the fantastic Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East.


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