In the eleventh episode of the MIR Podcast, Peter J Coles talks to Elizabeth Dearnley and Michael Eades about their project The Secret Diary of Bloomsbury. They discuss how the project came about, bringing the private into the public space, and keeping a diary. Oh, there is also the mystery of The Bird Man.
Dr Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist and artist working on engagement with public spaces. Following a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at UCL tracing the evolution of fairy tales and urban legends, she has since made statues talk, toured an immersive 1940s version of Red Riding Hood, and is now based at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her immersive installation The Sandman is currently being shown at the Freud Museum London as part of its The Uncanny: A Centenary exhibition. She’s also editing an eerie London anthology for the British Library’s Tales of the Weird series, and writing a book about forests and folktales. You can find her on Twitter @eliza_dearnley
Dr Michael Eades is a Research Fellow and public engagement specialist at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He specialises in practice-based research exploring ideas of collaborative practice and artistic community. At the moment he’s working on a number of projects based in Bloomsbury: an area famous as a crucible of artistic community but also a place with a lot of social housing, home to a number of lesser-known artistic voices. Michael also runs the Being Human festival of the humanities, an annual multi-city festival dedicated to breaking down barriers and making research accessible to the broadest possible audiences.