Thursday, 29 October 2015

Halloween in Canada #5

University of Manitoba
In honour of Halloween, Rewind [CBC RADIO] brings you a journey into fantastic literature. There are lots of treats in store: ghost sightings from the poet P.K. Page and writers Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, thoughts on ghosts from the filmmaker David Cronenberg and stories from Ray Bradbury and Oscar Wilde. This program is introduced by Alberto Manguel, with his anthology Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature.

Featured in the hour are:
- The Emissary by Ray Bradbury, which first appeared in his collection of short stories The October Country.
- An excerpt from a short story called The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
- The poem Dirge Without Music by Edna At. Vincent Millay
- The Ghost of La Scala, an Italian story

Guests included:
- Writers Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, poet P.K. Page and filmmaker David Cronenberg, with stories of their own ghostly encounters
- Cynthia Ozick, American author and critic on writing about ghosts
- Professor Leslie Fiedler, of the University of Buffalo and author of several books on the fantastic, discussing early fantastic literature
- Richard Outram, Canadian poet, compares old ghosts with modern ones
- Readers were Stewart Arnott and Tanja Jacobs

You may not see the player with the clip I've embedded here so to listen to the whole program click here.

Or go here for more Halloween treats in the Canadian Broadcasting Coroportation (CBC) Archives.