Delusion in Wells – Watch on YouTube
Those that attended this year’s AGM in June were in for a treat as,
following the formal proceedings of the AGM, fellow Wellsian Michael
Sherborne gave a thoroughly interesting talk on the use of delusion
in Wells's fiction with particular reference to two lesser known
Blettsworthy on Rampole
(1925). If you missed the AGM
– no problem – you can watch his talk on YouTube. Both of
these books have been recently published and Michael has written
introductions for them, and are available for purchase through
Amazon UK by clicking the title of the books above.
This Year’s Conference!
This Saturday (23 September 2017), 9 am to 6 pm
London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2.
There are still a
of tickets avaible for the conference!
This year’s conference is entitled:
H. G. Wells and Bernard
Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational,
and is jointly
organised by the LSE Language Centre, the H. G. Wells Society, and
the Shaw Society. It will be accompanied by a small display in the
LSE Women’s Library on Wells, Shaw and women, including original
documents from the Women’s Library collection as well as a display
on Shaw, featuring documents provided by the Shaw Society. The
conference will be held in LSE’s New Academic Building (on the
corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields).
Time Machine Podcasts!
A team of academics from Durham University's Department of
English Studies have produced three podcasts relating to the
on how stories can make us time travellers
just recently finished its summer-long run. In the first episode,
fellow Wellsian, Simon James, and Jenny Terry introduce the main
themes of the exhibition. In episode two, Simon discusses the life
and work of H.G. Wells, whose work inspired the exhibition. In the
final episode, Sarah Lohmann and Jenny Terry discuss alternative
time travel stories that are featured at the exhibition.
1: An Introduction to Time
2: H.G. Wells in Focus
3: Feminist Utopias and
Martian Autopsy at the University of
–what is left of—Dundee
“…Welcome to my anatomy rooms here in the University of –what is
left of—Dundee […] I’m grateful to you for your help
because tonight we will perform an autopsy.”
Last year’s Being Human Festival (which is an annual festival that
celebrates the Humanities) had the theme of “H.G. Wells at 150 Hope
and Fear”, and as the highlight of Dundee’s programme of events, a
“Martian autopsy” was performed live by Dame Professor Sue Black,
one of the UK's leading forensic scientists. It was commended
by Professor Sarah Churchwell, director of Being Human itself (based
at Senate House) as the festival's 'national flagship event' for
The whole event was created through workshops conducted by fellow
Wellsian, Keith Williams, and his colleague, Dr Daniel Cook. The
Martian specimen was made by Dundee art students (supervised by
design programme leader, Gary Gowans), following Wells's anatomical
specifications in The War of the Worlds. It was
scripted and filmed by the university’s creative writing and film
staff and students, led by Eddie Small and Brian Hoyle, with
additional material and improvisation by Dame Sue. 'Huxley', Dame
Sue's Igor, is played by the University of Dundee’s Director of
Museum Services, Matthew Jarron (channelling famous comedy stooges
and the spirit of George Bond Howes).
They are hoping for the video to go “viral” (much to the annoyance of
Wells’s Martians!), and so would be greatful for everybody to press
“like” on the video and share it with others.
it out, here!
Potty about Wells
Pottery is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of
Wells, but this is exactly what author, David Haden, has made the
focus of his new book:
H.G. Wells in the Potteries: North
Staffordshire and the Genesis of the Time Machine.
book demonstrates how elements of
(1895) -- the Time Traveller, Weena, and the
Sphinx -- could have originated in the visit of the young H. G.
Wells to the industrial district called the Potteries, during the
spring and summer of 1888. The book also features a closely
annotated version of Wells’s “The Cone” (1895).
the promotional video here! (duration 1:21)
The book can be purchased here.