60 minutes | Sep 15, 2020

2.5 M. John Harrison and landscape in British SFF writing

The fifth episode of Series 2 of the Comma Press Podcast, which this series is on the theme of FUTURES. In this episode, host and Comma Press Publisher Ra Page is in conversation with acclaimed author M. John Harrison, writer and filmmaker Adam Scovell and writers and critics Andy Hedgecock and Jennifer Hodgson. Recorded remotely via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our four guests discussed the influence of the British landscape on not only M. John's work, in relation to his latest collection of selected stories (Settling the World) but also the wider British SFF canon, from H. G Wells to Susanna Clarke. As well as how British SFF writing has been adapted for the screen, endings and closure in modern fiction and much more... Sponsored by STORGY. Supported by Arts Council England. Show notes: Settling the World by M. John Harrison Climbers by M John Harrison J G Ballard Ann Quin Phenomenology Psychogeography Hauntology (Jacques Derrida) ‘The Door In The Wall’ (H. G. Wells) ‘The Stains’ (Robert Aickman) ‘English eerie’ Essay by Robert Macfarlane https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/10/eeriness-english-countryside-robert-macfarlane ‘A View from a Hill’ (M. R. James) ‘The Signalman’ (Charles Dickens) Holloway by Robert Macfarlane ‘Candyman’ (Clive Barker) ‘The Birds’ (Daphne du Maurier) The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Further watching: Ben Wheatley's A Field in England (trailer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRRvzjkzu2U Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General The Wicker Man Holloway (short film): https://celluloidwickerman.com/2015/07/06/short-film-holloway-robert-macfarlane/
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