From Dundee to Prague

I should have been in Scotland weeks ago. I miss my family, I miss Dundee, I miss livable weather, too. I miss idling in the Howff and dropping by my favourite paintings in the McManus or standing on the little observation deck in the V&A watching the Tay flow past. I miss all of us…

Coming Soon: Bissette, Moore & Me

The cat’s out of the bag on this long-gestating project: my contribution came about from the 2010 Conference on Alan Moore at the University of Northampton that the now-sadly-departed Nathan Wiseman-Trowse organised. My presentation: Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place From his first public working, The Birth Caul, Alan Moore has always had…

The Fall Symposium: The Words

[pictures anon…] 9.00 Introduction Always Different, Always The Same: Introduction, Professor Eoin Devereux, PMPC UL.  9.10-10.30 Session 1    We are The Fall…    Chair:   Dr. Elaine Vaughan, UL.  Michael Murphy–Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology: The Fall in Ireland: A Microhistory                      John Fleming–Irish Times: Dead…

#Noirvember: Dorothy B. Hughes

In my unceasing efforts to get people to understand Dorothy Hughes as one of the godmothers of noir, I gave a presentation at the NEPCA Conference this past weekend on her early novel The Cross-Eyed Bear Murders. I actually have this lovely Dell Mystery edition with the map back (probably by Ruth Belew). Everything about this…

Snapshots of Pescara

I attended Captivating Criminality 6 on the coast of the Adriatic. Pescara was once an Olympic venue. Pier Paolo Passolini passed there on his coastal roadtrip. It was very hot and surprisingly humid, so you can imagine how enervated I was (melting! melting!). Though I knew co-host Fiona Peters, I met folks I’ve known online…

Captivating Criminality 6

I am on the road again! Off to the east coast of Italy for Captivating Criminality 6. It should be a lot of fun. I’ve not been to that part of Italy and it looks like there’s a great range of presentations. I’ll be talking about the adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game. Not sure…

Magickal Women Conference 2019

The Magickal Women Conference, exactly as advertised: a fantastic day! The only fault I would bring up is that there was just too much wonderful stuff to see it all. Well done, looking forward to the next one. Not many photos alas, as there was just too much going on. Victoria Musson‘s Grain Goddess was…

Murderous March (16 Mar 2019)

Mavens of Mayhem present Murderous March Saturday, March 16th, 10 AM – 4:30 PM Do the math: 2 guest speakers + 6.5 hours FREE crime writing content + 17 writers + $10 catered lunch+book sales/signing  = 1 criminally great day Registration opens at 10:00 AM Pre-Register Now (highly advised!) Program runs from 10:15 AM to 4:30 PM…

Talking Tove in Tokyo

The 20th Anniversary Conference of the Finnish Institute in Japan was devoted to Tove Jansson: Visual Artist. Writer. Landscape Enthusiast. Woman. I was delighted to give a keynote lecture on living art everyday like Tove. It was the one thing I didn’t get pictures of! I have started the overwhelming task of uploading all the…

Tove in Tokyo

I have been invited by the Finnish Institute of Japan to give a keynote lecture…