What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a double bill featuring the stories of people “haunted by time”, who found a sympathetic ear in the hugely popular yet currently overlooked playwright and broadcaster J.B. Priestley.
Free entry, but it will help us work out numbers if you book.
A new adaptation of Priestley’s ever-popular “Time Play” An Inspector Calls is available on iPlayer until approx 12th October.
Annual J.B. Priestley Society Lectures 2015
At Queen Mary University of London
2 – 4 p.m. Saturday 31 October 2015
We are very pleased to announce that this year there will be two lectures not one and we are delighted that our two lecturers will be Anthony Peake author and time theorist, and Dr Katy Price Lecturer in Modern Literature, QMUL.
Their theme will be:
J.B. PRIESTLEY, DREAMS AND TIME
J.B. Priestley was fascinated by time. This most ephemeral of perceptions re-occurs as a theme over and over again in his plays. I Have Been Here Before, Dangerous Corner, Time and the Conways, Johnson Over Jordan and An Inspector Calls all use time as a major plot device and explore the nature of time in some way. Priestley also wrote extensively about the subject in his autobiographical works, culminating in his fascinating work Man and Time.
Anthony Peake will discuss major influences on Priestley’s philosophy of time, especially as seen in his ‘Time Plays.’ In 1963 Priestley appealed to the public on BBC television’s Monitor programme to send in their own accounts of experiences that appeared to challenge the ‘common-sense’ idea of Time, including precognitive dreams. Anthony was the first person, since JBP himself, to be given access to all of those letters. He will describe the contents of a dozen or so of these letters and will present them within the JBP philosophy as presented in the “Time Plays”.
Anthony is a writer who deals with borderline areas of human consciousness. His first book,Is There Life After Death? was published in 2006 and since then he has gone on to develop his own ideas together with exploring the latest areas of research in his field. He has published eight books in total and has lectured on Priestley’s ideas about time at The National Theatre. For more information about Anthony visit his website.
Dr Katy Price’s research interests include para-psychology in literature and culture; and the social history of precognitive / prophetic dreams. Her lecture will briefly review the terms on which Priestley’s writings are being appreciated by literary scholars today, before turning to the Monitor letters themselves as a rich repository for social history. It is thanks to Priestley’s appeal for time experiences that we have access to records of people’s reading habits and inner lives in the mid twentieth century. The letters also reveal the multiple benefits that fans derived from Priestley’s works and from a sense of connection with a trusted storyteller, to whom they looked for guidance and support.
Katy Price is a lecturer in modern and contemporary literature at Queen Mary University, London. Katy is the author of Loving Faster than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein’s Universe, and is currently writing a book about prophetic dreams in the twentieth century. Katy has given talks about Priestley’s collection of time letters from television viewers to audiences in psychology, psychical research, history of science, literary and media studies. An article about mental health aspects to parapsychology experiences as told to Priestley in 1963 is free to download from Science Direct.
The lectures are free and open to the public as well as members of the J.B. Priestley Society.