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Delusion in Wells – Watch on YouTube

Those that attended this year’s AGM in June were in for a treat as, following the formal proceedings of the AGM, fellow Wellsian Michael Sherborne gave a thoroughly interesting talk on the use of delusion in Wells's fiction with particular reference to two lesser known works: Mr Blettsworthy on Rampole Island (1928) and Christina Alberta’s Father (1925). If you missed the AGM – no problem – you can watch his talk on YouTube.  Both of these books have been recently published and Michael has written introductions for them, and are available for purchase through Amazon UK by clicking the title of the books above.

 Watch it here! (duration 22:11) 


Reminder: This Year’s Conference!

This Saturday (23 September 2017), 9 am to 6 pm

London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2.


There are still a limited number of tickets avaible for the conference!


This year’s conference is entitled: H. G. Wells and Bernard Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational, and is jointly organised by the LSE Language Centre, the H. G. Wells Society, and the Shaw Society. It will be accompanied by a small display in the LSE Women’s Library on Wells, Shaw and women, including original documents from the Women’s Library collection as well as a display on Shaw, featuring documents provided by the Shaw Society. The conference will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building (on the corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields). 


Time Machine Podcasts!

A team of academics from Durham University's Department of English Studies have produced three podcasts relating to the exhibition on how stories can make us time travellers that has just recently finished its summer-long run. In the first episode, fellow Wellsian, Simon James, and Jenny Terry introduce the main themes of the exhibition. In episode two, Simon discusses the life and work of H.G. Wells, whose work inspired the exhibition. In the final episode, Sarah Lohmann and Jenny Terry discuss alternative time travel stories that are featured at the exhibition.


Episode 1: An Introduction to Time Machines (duration 7:11)

Episode 2: H.G. Wells in Focus (duration 8:40)

Episode 3: Feminist Utopias and Afrofuturism (duration 10:20)


Martian Autopsy at the University of –what is left of—Dundee

“…Welcome to my anatomy rooms here in the University of –what is left of—Dundee […] I’m grateful to you for your help because tonight we will perform an autopsy.”


Last year’s Being Human Festival (which is an annual festival that celebrates the Humanities) had the theme of “H.G. Wells @ 150 Hope and Fear”, and as the highlight of Dundee’s programme of events, a “Martian autopsy” was performed live by Dame Professor Sue Black, one of the UK's leading forensic scientists. It was commended  by Professor Sarah Churchwell, director of Being Human itself (based at Senate House) as the festival's 'national flagship event' for 2016.


The whole event was created through workshops conducted by fellow Wellsian, Keith Williams, and his colleague, Dr Daniel Cook. The Martian specimen was made by Dundee art students (supervised by design programme leader, Gary Gowans), following Wells's anatomical specifications in The War of the Worlds. It was scripted and filmed by the university’s creative writing and film staff and students, led by Eddie Small and Brian Hoyle, with additional material and improvisation by Dame Sue. 'Huxley', Dame Sue's Igor, is played by the University of Dundee’s Director of Museum Services, Matthew Jarron (channelling famous comedy stooges and the spirit of George Bond Howes).


They are hoping for the video to go “viral” (much to the annoyance of Wells’s Martians!), and so would be greatful for everybody to press “like” on the video and share it with others.


Check it out, here! (duration 27:32)


Potty about Wells

Pottery is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Wells, but this is exactly what author, David Haden, has made the focus of his new book: H.G. Wells in the Potteries: North Staffordshire and the Genesis of the Time Machine. The book demonstrates how elements of The Time Machine (1895) -- the Time Traveller, Weena, and the Sphinx -- could have originated in the visit of the young H. G. Wells to the industrial district called the Potteries, during the spring and summer of 1888. The book also features a closely annotated version of Wells’s “The Cone” (1895).


Watch the promotional video here!  (duration 1:21)


The book can be purchased here.


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