Episode 43: London Fog

For over 200 years, London fog defined our city. It's brought confusion, suicide, and tragic death, but also reassuring anonymity, romanticize mystery, and an intangible beauty.

Joining Hazel in this episode is Dr Elizabeth Dearnley, editorof the book called Into the London Fog. She will discuss how London fog has inspired writers, filmmakers, and herself. 

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Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist, artist and Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies within the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Her work explores eerie landscapes, fairy tales and folk horror, and she has curated several projects delving into these fields, including immersive 1940s Red Riding Hood retelling Big Teeth and the Freud Museum London's uncanny restaging of E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Sandman.

She is currently writing a book about the relationship between forests and fairy tales.

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Hello and welcome to our London history podcast where we share our love of London, its people, places and history in 20 minutes episode. I am your host, Hazel Baker, a qualified London tour guide and CEO of London Guided Walks. Find us on Twitter @guided_walks or Instagram @walk_london, or indeed, we are also on Facebook at London Guided Walks.

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This episode, we're going to be talking about London fog.

Joining me in the studio today is Dr. Elizabeth Dearnley. And she's here to discuss how London fog has inspired writers and filmmakers, and indeed herself. She's written and edited a book called Into the London Fog: Eerie Tales From A Weird City, which is a collection of weird London tales published by the British Library.

What we discuss:

  • What inspired Dr. Elizabeth Dearnley to write this book and how she found these stories.
  • Fog as an interruptive element.
  • Was choosing stories between the 1860s and the 1950s something deliberate?
  • Future of fog in literature
  • Women writing ghost stories
  • Films or TV shows which have effectively used London fog
  • Dr. Elizabeth Dearnley's favourite stories and ones that are excluded from the book

That's all for now. I'll see you next week.

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