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The Black Vampyre and Other Creations
November 14, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This is an online event.
This event will explore Gothic dreams of new worlds and the creatures that inhabit them, notably Mary Shelley’s plague world, John Polidori’s vampire, and the ghosts of World War 1.
Visit Polidori’s uncanny resting place in a virtual tour, in the same graveyard where Mary and Percy Shelley’s courtship found life, and contemplate Gothic new worlds via presentations and performances:
– ‘The Stories Are Begun’ with Marcus Sedgwick (novelist)
– ‘Gothic Afterworlds’ with Dr Karl Bell (historian)
– ‘The Romantic vampire and its Progeny’ with Dr Sam George (vampire expert)
– ‘Enlightenment and its Shadows’ with Dr Bill Hughes (Gothic scholar)
Discover the first black vampire in literature, inspired by Polidori, and pay homage to the famous story-writing contest at the Villa Diodati, writing Gothic flash-fiction in a workshop led by Dr Kaja Franck (literary werewolves) and Daisy Butcher (botanical gothic).
In partnership withOpen Graves, Open Minds Project; Marcus Sedgwick; Supernatural Cities
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