Pilgrimages" we visit places associated with actual ghost stories, the
lives of their authors, or which provide inspiration for the creative
mind. Just as in the classic, antiquarian ghost stories, churches,
cathedrals, manor houses, and other ancient and historic buildings
feature prominently in the list of places visited.
two events happen each year. In March 2017 we held the AGM in
Liverpool, took in the sights and met up with Jamesian scholars
Rosemary Pardoe and Jim Bryant. A talk on Liverpool ghosts and folklore
was given by John Reppion and later we met Ramsey Campbell for a
reading of one of his ghost stories. In August 2017, close to the
anniversary date of M.R.James birth companions met on a second
pilgrimage in Oxford.
recent events included in 2016 a Black Pilgrimage and AGM in Cambridge
and a tour of Lisbon. Planned events are posted regularly here,
facebook and in the newsletter.
first gathering (or "Black Pilgrimage," taken from Count Magnusby M. R.
James) was held in October 2005 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire and
many other places have been visited since that occasion. Any companion
can plan an event in his or her local area and extend invitations to
the rest of the membership via email and/or the newsletter. An
obligatory AGM is held during one Black Pilgrimage each year but we are
hedonist enough to place pleasure before business and the latter erodes
the former only briefly! Apart from visits to place of interest, we
have had book sales, quizzes and film shows with ample opportunity to
fill the inner person.