Bluemoose Book are celebrating their 10th Birthday in conjunction with the Chorlton Book Festival. This event is the official launch for the Festival programme, and will feature three Bluemoose Writers, Anna Chilvers (Tainted Love), Colette Snowden (The Secret to Not Drowning) and Dan Micklethwaite (The Less than Perfect Legend of Donna Creosote).
Reading and chat with Anna Chilvers, author of Tainted Love and Falling Through Clouds
‘The Gothic North’ Symposium chaired by Dr Linnie Blake also including ‘Horror: A Literary History’ book launch and wine reception
In the year in which Manchester recognises the Gothic dimensions of the city in a programme of thrilling Halloween events (for which we are happy to take some credit), the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies continues to go from strength to strength. We are delighted to welcome the distinguished academic Professor Dale Townshend and the hugely talented novelist Andrew Michael Hurley as new members of staff at Manchester Met and new members of the Centre. Both will make a great contribution to our work and to future Gothic Manchester Festivals.
So, in keeping with our reputation for Gothic excellence in the fast-beating heart of the North, we are proud to present the fourth annual conference of the Gothic Manchester Festival – an event that explores the contribution made to the Gothic mode by places, people and things northern. Presentations range from the Lancashire witches to West Yorkshire’s dark satanic mills, from Doom Metal, northern Goth music and Gothic subcultures to horror poetics, from Nordic vampires to the Hull werewolf and from the frozen landscapes of the north to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Presenting their work are creative writers and PhD students, early career researchers and internationally recognised specialists in their fields. All are committed to giving exciting and accessible papers of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of the northern world and manifests itself in stories and novels, films, television programmes, poetry, music and more. As ever, no specialist knowledge is needed but an interest in the grimness of the Gothic north is essential.
The symposium will finish at 6pm and be followed by the book launch of ‘Horror: A Literary History’, a wine reception and another fantastic cake creation from Conjurors Kitchen
Tainted Love, the second novel of Anna Chilvers, is a gothic tale set in the Upper Calder Valley. The narrative arc spans the last 200 years, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day.
Anna will read from Tainted Love and also give a presentation on the Dark Satanic Mills of West Yorkshire.
For more information please contact 01422 288040
Tickets are free from www.ticketsource.co.uk (a small booking fee may apply)
This one day course is a chance to devote a day to writing creatively. Come along and flex your writing muscles, extend your skills in creative writing and maybe discover your writing voice. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.