Trust & Festival News


Joyce Stavick and Jon Wise are delighted to report that the first edition of the biennial journal dedicated to the academic study of the writings of Graham Greene has been published. It is available online, free of charge, at –

Should you wish to purchase a print copy, this can be done via Amazon. Just type in ‘Graham Greene Studies, Joyce Stavick’ on your web browser.

As mentioned before, the first edition of Graham Greene Studies comprises talks and papers first presented at one of the past festivals. Regular festival goers will recognize many of the contributors including – Judith Adamson, Neil Sinyard, Quentin Falk – and, of course, David Pearce.

The 2019 edition of Graham Greene Studies is already being planned, again to be published in digital and print form by the University of North Georgia Press. Please see the CALL FOR PAPERS  notice below.

Graham Greene Studies

Call for Papers:

The University of North Georgia Press, in conjunction with The Graham Greene Birthplace Trust, is issuing a Call for Papers for a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the life and work of the English writer Graham Greene (1904 – 1991). University academics, independent researchers, and doctoral, post-graduate, undergraduate, and graduate students are invited to submit papers. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Greene’s political and theological landscapes
  • Greene’s depiction of women
  • The short fiction
  • The early novels
  • The plays
  • Greene’s travels on ‘the dangerous edge of things’
  • Book and film reviews and other feature articles will also be considered.

Please submit all papers to:

All submissions must be original, unpublished work. Papers should be between 2,500 and 10,000 words. Citations must follow The Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition documentation guidelines. All papers should be submitted double-spaced in Word document format.

Deadline: 30 June 2018

Call for Papers issued by:

Joyce Stavick, University of North Georgia
Jon Wise, Graham Greene Birthplace Trust



19639146771A new stage adaptation of Brighton Rock is set to tour the country in 2018. The production opens at the Theatre Royal, York on 3 February and will later appear at Brighton, Colchester, Hull, Cheltenham, Winchester, Watford, Birmingham, Newcastle, Mold, Derby and Salford. Greene’s 1938 novel has been adapted for the stage by Bryony Lavery and will feature a specially composed soundtrack by Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer Hannah Peel.



… well you can, if you have ‘a little north’ of half a million pounds burning a hole in your pocket.

FullSizeRender(1)The two-bedroomed cottage called ‘Little Orchard’ in Hoo Lane, Back Ends, Chipping Campden is being marketed by the agent Jackson-Stops at an asking price of £525,000. It is described as an 18th Century, Grade 2 listed property with two double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom, and a lawned garden full of flower beds and ornamental trees. If this sounds idyllic it is worth looking up what Greene had to say about the place in the early 1930s in Chapter 11 of A Sort of Life.

Graham and Viven lived there between 1931-33 as he struggled to make a living as a writer. Perhaps the eventual, lucky owner of this property, on a quiet day, will hear be able to hear the ghostly strains of Honneger’s Pacific 231 which Greene played while he wrote Stamboul Train. In A Sort of Life, the author recounts that it was ‘almost impossible’ for him to re-read the novel which eventually gave him security as a writer, noting, ‘The pages are too laden by the anxieties of the time and the sense of failure’.