The MaudCast S01E03: Kate Scarth and the L.M. Montgomery Institute #LMMI2020

Hi folks, here the third episode of the MaudCast, the podcast of the L.M. Montgomery Institute. In the MaudCast’s quest to discover innovative scholarship about the life and works of Lucy Maud Montgomery, we welcome to the microphone leading academics, emerging scholars, local researchers, and imaginative readers and writers from around the world.

This interview–which readers should know was the very first one recorded, though the third scheduled for broadcast–is with Dr. Kate Scarth. Dr. Scarth is the Chair of L.M. Montgomery Studies at UPEI, where she works closely with the L.M. Montgomery Institute, and is also an Assistant Professor of Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (an innovative digital humanities group). She is particularly interested in the relationship between story and place and works on writers from Jane Austen to Maud Montgomery. Her current projects include yourlmmontgomerystory.com, which was featured in June 2020 on CBC.

I should also note that Kate is a founding co-producer of the MaudCast, and as Chair is sort of my “boss” in this project! We’re also friends and have been chatting about Montgomery for some months now–sometimes veering into the Romantic world where she is a specialist and can fill me in on the “doings” of the period beyond my beloved Jane Austen, and sometimes bounding into Narnia and children’s literature. Kate is a “space” specialist, someone who thinks about books in very tactile, located ways. I hope you enjoy this little peek behind the veil of the LMMI, and hear more about our encounter with great books.

As always, I hope that you enjoy our work at A Pilgrim in Narnia and the MaudCast. If so, please like and share, and follow me on Twitter @BrentonDana and on Instagram @bdickieson. You can follow the MaudCast on Spotify, Podbean, or your favourite podcast station (we’re still working on Apple Podcasting). You can find the MaudCast on Twitter and Instagram @LMMIMaudCast, and find the L.M. Montgomery Institute online or on twitter, @LMMI_PEI, including the premium online research space Kindred Spaces and The Journal of L.M. Montgomery Studies. You can follow the L.M. Montgomery and Vision Forum all year at this link.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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