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An evening of hauntings and history with Andrew Michael Hurley

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 GhostsAndrew 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.

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Can Jilly Cooper have a blue plaque? Howard Spencer explains

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!