I have returned again to the Wellcome Library, London. It is the home of all that is weird and wonderful, a brilliant fusion of art and history, science and spectacle–and it has, in my opinion, the world’s most brilliant librarians and research fellows.
This brief visit has been made in advance of my class, Cultural (Re)productions. I shall return with 13 nursing and English students, but for the past two days I have been connecting with new and old colleagues: Ross Macfarlane, Lindsey Fitzharris, Bill MacLehose–and Richard Barnett, who runs the Sick City Project. Sick City includes walks, talks and podcasts about life and death in London, and Dr. Barnett was kind enough to interview me for the project on May 8th. We chatted about my recent research on Dracula (and syphilis, oddly enough). Gothic Lit is fitting, I think, especially as the count’s famous eulogy to London actually sounds rather like the project’s goals: “I long to go through the crowded streets of your mighty London, to be in the midst of the whirl and rush of humanity, to share its life, its change, its death, and all that makes it what it is.” Check out the link above for more details on Sick City [Drac Podcast Coming Soon!]
It has been a wonderful visit as always, and I leave this post with several recommendations; do have a peek.