Black Pilgrimage, with AGM, to Liverpool, 24th to 26th March 2017.
The venue for the Liverpool event is the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT, tel 0151 709 6957, http://www.liverpoolquakers.org.uk/hire/. The Meeting House is a modern, light, accessible building with a suite of pleasant rooms, a lift and kitchen facilities. It is centrally located.
On Friday evening, we have the Institute room from 6pm to 10pm. On Saturday, we have the Large Meeting Room in the afternoon from 1pm to 5pm and in the evening from 6pm to 10pm. We will be asking for a small contribution of £10 each (a slight increase) towards the room hire for the weekend. We will collect this on the day.
We are leaving it to individuals to arrange their accommodation and meals.
We meet at 7.30pm on Friday and hope to hear a progress report from Jim Bryant on his archival research into M.R. James, followed by an informal discussion with Rosemary Pardoe about her work with Ghosts & Scholars and Jamesian anthologies.
Saturday morning is free but we suggest a visit to the Anglican Cathedral and/or to the bookshops in Liverpool. In the afternoon, we meet at 2 pm for a talk on Liverpool ghosts and folklore by John Reppion, a ghost story reading by Peter Bell, followed by our celebrated book auction. Please bring along any books you wish to donate (we will run a 'reserve price' system for the more valuable).
In the evening, we meet at 8pm and welcome Ramsey Campbell for a reading of one of his Liverpool ghost stories, possibly followed, weather permitting, etc. by a ghost story walk.
On Sunday morning, we suggest visiting the two major art galleries in Liverpool, the Walker and the Lady Lever, both free and open on Sundays. The afternoon and evening are free but if some of us are staying on, we will arrange a time and place to rendezvous.
Black Pilgrimage to Oxford 4th to 7th Augustl 2017.
The Oxford event begins on Friday, Aug. 4th when we check-in at St. John's College, 5.p.m. onwards (earlier by arrangement). There is no on-site parking, but there are 'Park and Ride' areas on the edge of the city where parking is allowed for up to 72 hours. Jane Jakeman has offered to help with further info. Dinner in the Lamb and Flag pub, next to St. John's.
On Saturday Aug. 5th we meet in our discussion room in college for questions, orientation, etc. in St. John's (Creepy sculpture of drowned poet). Following this, a visit to the Ashmolean Egyptian Collection accompanied by JJ's husband, Egyptologist Jaromir Malek (museum is opposite St. John's). Lunch - in Ashmolean Café.
In the afternoon, we will meet in our discussion room for talks, readings, etc. For dinner, we have a provisional booking in college. (Quite expensive at £35-45 a head but atmospheric - otherwise restaurant to be arranged). After dinner: possibility of a Shakespeare play in an outdoor setting. There are often several these in various college gardens.
Sunday, Aug 6th, a visit to the University Museum, with its dodo, dinosaurs, etc. Very close to the college. For lunch; a picnic, if weather permits or a pub if wet. PM, visits to the Bodleian Library, and Blackwell's book shops. Dinner is in La Cucina, a small Italian restaurant just over Magdalen Bridge (15 mins walk from College) It has car parking.
Optional extra to be arranged: Visit to the Headington Coffin Route' with JJ. This is the route taken by 19th C. quarry workers to the nearest church. A local landowner attempted to close it off with turbulent results. Headington Quarry is where the stone came from to build the colleges. C.S. Lewis is buried in the church there.
Monday, Aug 7th. Morning at leisure. Check out of college by 12 p.m.
Please note: the above are suggestions only. Any other suggestions welcome and will try to accommodate!
There will be further updates when available.Lunch: together at a local restaurant.