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Tickets for Through a Glass Darkly are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that this is a 2-day event – tickets cannot be purchased for single days or any individual element of the event.

If you are interested in attending, please download the Booking Pack at the top of this page and return the Booking Form (included in the pack) to info@thefriendsofcountmagnus.org or post to:


The Friends of Count Magnus
c/o Mark Jones
6 Appleby Glade
York, YO32 3YW


Once we have received your booking form, we will send you an online Payment Request via email. Clicking on the link in the email will take you to Paypal where you can pay for your tickets either from a Paypal account or by using a debit or credit card.

If you are unable to make online payments, you can pay by cheque. You will find further details in the Booking Pack (at the top of this page).

Please note that tickets exclude accommodation and meals, except for a sandwich buffet on Thursday lunchtime.


Please note that the ticket price does not include accommodation. Guests should make their own arrangements.

Our principal venue, The Bar Convent, has a small number of rooms at very affordable rates, from £40 to £92 per night (single/twin/double rooms available). The Bar Convent has a few rooms for guests of this event that are being held until Wednesday 13th May. Please call Lesley at The Bar Convent on 01904 464902 and quote “M. R. James Conference.” Rooms will be let on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alternatively, York has a great many hotels to suit different budgets. The nearest hotels are the Premier Inns on Blossom St North and Blossom St South which are located opposite The Bar Convent and have rooms from £75 per night. Travelodge York Central Micklegate and Hilton Express are within five minutes’ walk. Links are provided on the website.

Check the links page for details of other local hotels.


Please note that the ticket price does not include meals except a sandwich buffet on Thursday 27th September at Bar Convent. Otherwise guests are asked to make their own arrangements.

The Bar Convent has a café that is open from mid-morning until 4pm. The café offers a fair selection of light meals at good prices. York is famous for its many pubs – at one time, one for every day of the year – and there are several notable pubs nearby including Brigantes on Micklegate and The Punch Bowl. See links on the website.

York also has a reputation for excellent independent restaurants. A few nearby favourites within a five minute walk are Delrios (Italian), the Rattle Owl (English), Partisan (Global cuisine), Kapadokya (Turkish), Jinnah (Indian) and Melton’s (English). Plus there’s of course Betty’s and Little Betty’s.

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