A thank you to BBC Radio London’s Robert Elms for featuring English Heritage historian Howard Spencer yesterday, who discussed the updated edition of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques – it’s a fascinating listen, from about 2 hours 9 minutes.
There has been some wonderful coverage of Eight Ghosts over the past few weeks. Here is a round up from the nationals. (Local press has been fantastic too! Thank you.)
Sunday Times Culture magazine:
Events continued for the Eight Ghosts authors with Max Porter at Eltham Palace, Mark Haddon and York Cold War Bunker, Stuart Evers at Dover Castle and Sarah Perry at Audley End. They were wonderful evenings of chilling stories and atmospheric historic tours.
Saturday was a wonderfully atmospheric evening at Carlisle Castle with Andrew Michael Hurley, the first of a series of English Heritage events to celebrate the publication of Eight Ghosts. Andrew read from his short story ‘Mr Lanyard’s Last Case’, revealed how and why the castle inspired him, and discussed the history of the ghost story. Guests were then led on an after-dark tour of the castle itself.
There are five more events coming up, starting with Kamila Shamsie at Kenilworth Castle on Tuesday evening.
There has been lots of coverage for Eight Ghosts so far.
Stuart Evers was fantastic on BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas on 6 October.
The world of Eight Ghosts comes to life in this wonderful video by English Heritage. With stories inspired by English Heritage properties from Mark Haddon, Sarah Perry, Max Porter, Kamila Shamsie, Kate Clanchy, Stuart Evers and Jeanette Winterson, this is an original, atmospheric read not to be missed!
A great quiz inspired by The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques in the Guardian.
This morning, Howard Spencer – author of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques – appeared on the Chris Evans Show to answer the question: Can Jilly Cooper have a blue plaque? For the answer, and to hear Howard’s views on his favourite plaque, listen here.
Chris Evans also coined the phrase ‘blue plaque crawl’, which we think we’ll adopt!