Dorset - Michael Cook - M R James and ‘Ghost Writing’

Dorset - Michael Cook - M R James and ‘Ghost Writing’

Dorset - Michael Cook - M R James and ‘Ghost Writing’
Wednesday 6 July 2022
Wednesday 6 July 2022
  • Whistle and I'll come to you
    Whistle and I'll come to you

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Hosted by Cambridge Society of Dorset
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Please note: this event has been postponed, we will announce the new date soon

Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of Dorset for a talk by Michael Cook on M R James and ‘Ghost Writing’, followed by lunch. Michael Cook is a former National Trust Director.  He has made a lifelong study of the Ghost Story and Detective Fiction, publishing two non-fiction works as part of Palgrave Macmillan’s Crime File series: Narratives of Enclosure (2011), a full length critique of the locked room mystery, and Detective Fiction and the Ghost Story (2014).  Michael now devotes his time to research and writing, producing a number of short stories and he is currently working on the final part of a fictional Ghost Story Trilogy.

Monty Rhodes James (1862-1936) was the outstanding medieval scholar of his day with an international reputation, yet he is best remembered for his thirty or so Ghost Stories, considered by many to be the finest in the canon.  What started as a diversion for friends and colleagues would transform the entire course of the supernatural tale. 

Michael will trace James’s early life in Suffolk and his progression as a student at Eton then King’s, to his subsequent elevation as Provost of both institutions and Vice-Chancellor of the University.  He explores, too, the recurring themes in James’s work through his most celebrated stories, many of which have been adapted for television, including ‘Oh,Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’, ‘The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral’, ‘The Treasure of Abbot Thomas’ and ‘A Warning to the Curious’, as well as texts by Poe, Dickens, Le Fanu and Conan Doyle. The talk concludes with an assessment of James’s legacy. 

Booking information

Please email the Cambridge Society of Dorset for booking details; please use the link provided below.

£25.00 per person

This event has been postponed.


The Green Man
Kings Stag
Sturminster Newton
DT10 2AY
United Kingdom
Location information: 

The Green Man in King’s Stag dates to the 17th Century, and the owner’s family can trace their family tree in Stock Gaylard, just a mile away, back to the 15th Century.


The pub is mostly on the level, but there are a few internal steps to the room. Toilets are on the same level as the meeting room. There is wheelchair access to the meeting room if required.