Monday, 18 January 2010

All Things Burke and Hare

Last week was a very busy week for Insomnia and the media with lots of wonderful coverage on Burke and Hare.

Brian Ferguson of the Scotsman wrote a fantastic article and Debi Edward from STV put together a lovely piece on the 6 o'clock news on Thursday night.

Richard and Crawford have been concentrating on arranging the Burke and Hare events for this month in the build up to the Forbidden Planet Signing in Edinburgh and the talk with Martin and Will at the Central Library.

Martin commented, "Being a native of Glasgow, I'm apprehensive about addressing the denizens of Edinburgh on a subject that forms part of the very fabric of such a magnificent city. However, both Will and I hope to provide some valuable insights into the Burke & Hare case, along with an enlightening guide to how we approached the production of our graphic novel; from the basic researching of the facts of the case, to the unearthing of maps, portraits and illustrations depicting some long-forgotten corners of Auld Reekie."

On Thursday, the first display for the Burke and Hare Exhibition at the Central Library was set up with the much appreciated assistance from Brenda, Andrew and Anne at the Library who very kindly provided additional Burke and Hare material.

Seconds after the display case doors were put back in place, Debi Edward, the reporter from STV appeared. Crawford said “I was hoping to at least have my nose powdered to experience the full glamour of TV, but there was just enough time to compose myself - so I wasn’t quite as much a ‘deer in headlights’ - and straight into the questions!”

After the features were published Martin said, "The Scotsman and STV coverage has been fantastic - it just goes to prove that over 180 years after the West Port Murders, there's still huge interest in William Burke and William Hare. Their story continues to fascinate and chill residents and visitors in Edinburgh and myself and Will are proud to have contributed another chapter in their story.
Our depiction of their tale is unique in its approach and should help continue to dispel the myths surrounding the case. In fact, it was a pleasant relief to see the story treated tastefully, without a mention of graveyards, bodysnatching or the re-animation of long-dead corpses."

A quick reminder of events next week on the 28th January:

Forbidden Planet Signing 4.30 - 5.30pm

Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh Room – Talk and Signing 6pm - 7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm. Numbers are limited - book through the Central Library )

FREE Burke and Hare Tour 7.45pm at main door of Central Library. More info.

Hope to see you all next week!

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