“How to Handle the Hallows” video

Here’s the recording of my talk at Mythgard’s conference, MythMoot III, thanks to Dr. Ed Powell.

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.
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3 Responses to “How to Handle the Hallows” video

  1. michaelhuggins2591 says:

    As the young woman was introducing you and just before your speech was about to begin, you reached for your cell phone. I thought “Good heavens, I know people are addicted to their phones, but can she not put it away even for the length of time it takes to address her audience? How distracting!”

    Then, I suddenly realized it contained your text.


  2. Reblogged this on A Pilgrim in Narnia and commented:
    Editor Sørina Higgins has recently released The Chapel of the Thorn, a 1912 narrative poem by Charles Williams. I had the distinct privilege of reading this text when I made a research visit to the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton, IL. It is a stunning story, evocative of older poetry, yet told with a diverse eye that previous generations could never have imagined. Though it is one of Williams’ earliest book-length poems, I don’t sense a hesitant hand. It is bold, evocative, and–not surprising for Williams–open ended.
    Nearly lost in time, or left only to the pilgrims who make their way to the Wade, Sørina’s edition gives us the poem for the first time in print. Not only that, but a weighty introduction and the inclusion of early thoughts on the poem by prophetic scholars means that The Chapel of the Thorn is both fireside reading and an academic resource.
    In this video, captured by some kind soul at MythMoot III in January, Sørina presents a framework for understanding “the Hallows”–holy objects–in Charles Williams’ stories. It also includes a reading from the text by The Tolkien Professor and a couple of chaps I don’t know.
    Enjoy the video, and make sure to order The Chapel of the Thorn on Amazon or through your local bookstore.


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