Tue 23 Mar


+ A Pint for the Ghost by Helen Mort

Jamboree, Cable Street Studios | £8 adv / £10 door | 8pm


Over a century after they were first published, the ghost stories of M.R. James retain their power to terrify and amuse. Following his critically acclaimed one-man show A Pleasing Terror, Robert Lloyd Parry brings James’ classic spine-chillers back to life. Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad – a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast – is considered by many to be the author’s masterpiece. Oh Whistle… was the winner of the Dracula Society’s 2007 Hamilton Deane prize for best dramatic presentation of the gothic. Previous winners include Guillermo Del Torro & Mark Gattiss.

A Pint for the Ghost is a sequence of poems inspired by South Yorkshire legend: where strange characters come to introduce themselves, spectres brought to life through poems and stories set in a lonely pub. From the phantom miner at hanging Flatt to the spirit in the hospital x-ray machine, it’s a night-time encounter with the ghosts of worked-out mines, smoky pubs and deserted highways. One more for the road?

A Pint for the Ghost is the winner of the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice award for Spring 2010, and has been nominated for the Ted Hughes award for public contribution to poetry.

Helen Mort’s work has also seen her win an Eric Gregory Award and Manchester Young Writer Prize. She has performed at both Latitude Festival and Buckingham Palace.

“Lloyd Parry’s beautifully modulated performance is perfectly judged to send an enjoyable chill down the spine.”
– Metro on ‘Oh Whistle…’‘A writer who knows the value of the past, and how to set it against the present to illuminate them both.’
Ian McMillan on Helen Mort



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LWF 2010
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LWF 2008