“What’s all this shouting? We’ll have no trouble here…”

Jeremy DysonThis Sunday, March 17, I will be interviewing on stage at the Huddersfield Literature Festival Jeremy Dyson, one quarter of the League of Gentlemen and author of the stunning The Haunted Book (Canongate).

Dyson is the LoGer that you didn’t see on screen – apart from when he was played in the big-screen League of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse by Michael Sheen – due to a preference of writing over acting.

As well as writing for the League of Gentlemen, he’s also the author of the novel What Happens Now as well as two short story collections, plus the TV series Funland and the box-office-smashing Ghost Stories theatre production.

I will be speaking to Dyson mainly about The Haunted Book, though, which is generally billed as a book of short stories but is so much more than that. It’s actually a series of novels, or at least stories, nested within each other and at once pays homage to the “true life ghost stories” volumes that are perennially popular as well as making an ambitious stab at a Borgesian “fictional reality” in which the reader and the book are inextricably linked. I definitely recommend the book, and if you’re in the vicinity of Huddersfield this weekend then do pop along for In Conversation With Jeremy Dyson.

Full details of the event – only £4 (£2 concs) are here. It’s at Huddersfield Art Gallery, Princess St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SU and starts at 5pm for an hour. Jeremy will be reading from The Haunted Book, I’ll be interviewing him, and there’ll be an opportunity for audience questions followed by a signing session.