Gothic Manchester Festival

Posted by Xavier Aldana Reyes on October 21, 2013 in News tagged with , ,

Convened by Dr Linnie Blake and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes

October sees the launch of Manchester’s Centre for Gothic Studies – the first of its kind in England.  To celebrate the occasion we will be hosting a range of events and activities from the dark side – each designed to showcase Manchester’s Gothic dimensions during the week before Halloween (21st – 27th). The festival is part of the IHSSR’s wider research programme ‘Humanities in Public’, which starts in early October with a series of public lectures on Contemporary Gothic.

There will be readings from Gothic writers, a ghost hunt at haunted Ordsall Hall, a tour of Monstrous Manchester, a zombie-themed pub-quiz, tours of architectural hotspots like the John Rylands library and the Town Hall, a lamp-lit walk through the Gothic highlights of the Manchester Art Gallery, creative writing workshops, a double-bill of horror at Cornerhouse and a series of academic papers and symposia.Manchester is teeming with gothic architecture, goth bands, gothic events and gothic experts, and has even been the setting of horror films such as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (Jorge Grau, 1974). Gothic Manchester will capitalise on these myriad cultural influences by bringing together a series of events dedicated to turning the city into a hub of gothic activity.

To see a full programme and download the official brochure visit our website at:

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