Adding another hyphen to his job description, the BBC has just announced that Mark Gatiss will make his directorial debut with the BBC2 2013 Christmas ghost story The Tractate Middoth. He’ll also be writing the screenplay, adapted from the M.R. James short story of the same name.
In addition, Mark will be presenting an accompanying BBC2 documentary called Ghost Writer about the life of M.R. James.
Viewers will join Mark on an atmospheric journey from James’s childhood home in Suffolk to Eton and on to King’s College, Cambridge, the two institutions where James spent most of his life, visiting ancient churches, moonlit quadrangles and echoing libraries along the way. By following in James’s footsteps, Mark will hope to uncover the secrets of his inspiration. [x]
Read The Tractate Middoth.
Mark on M.R. James from The New Statesman, 2012.
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Detective fan wants to start Sherlock Holmes society in Aberdeen -
There is a saying in Sherlockian circles that all it takes to form a society is a book, two people and a bottle of wine. If necessary, one person can be dispensed with. Barry said:“Lovers of the Holmes stories tend to be very interesting people. We have magicians, actors, students, teachers, heavy metal tattoo fans, little old ladies, musicians, authors and all sorts as members. “Some people are reading the books for the first time as we go along: others know every detail of all 60 stories or can recite every line of the old Basil Rathbone films. The main thing is to have fun.”
“Have fun, above all else, have fun; and take neither yourself, nor anyone, seriously.” ~~ Christopher Morley
Mary Somerville (1780-1872)
Scottish science writer and polymath, at a time when women’s participation in science was discouraged. She studied mathematics and astronomy, and was the second woman scientist to receive recognition in the United Kingdom after Caroline Herschel.
She carried out experiments in magnetism, presenting a paper entitled ‘The Magnetic Properties of the Violet Rays of the Solar Spectrum’ to the Royal Society in 1826, only the second woman to do so. She also authored several mathematical, astronomical, physical and geographical texts, and was a strong advocate for women’s education. Somerville College, Oxford, was named after her.
“Nothing has afforded me so convincing a proof of the unity of the Deity as these purely mental conceptions of numerical and mathematical science which have been by slow degrees vouchsafed to man, and are still granted in these latter times by the Differential Calculus, now superseded by the Higher Algebra, all of which must have existed in that sublimely omniscient Mind from eternity.”
Mae Carol Jemison (1956- ) American physician and NASA astronaut who was the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in September 1992. She entered Stanford University at 16 years of age.“When I grew up in the 1960s the only American astronauts were men. Looking out the window of that space shuttle, I thought if that little girl growing up in Chicago could see her older self now, she would have a huge grin on her face.”
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