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The Black Vampyre and Other Creations: Gothic Visions of New Worlds

November 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Talks, a virtual tour, and flash fiction competition on Gothic dreams of new worlds

This online 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).

You can find the schedule and more details of the event, with some useful resources, on our event page: https://www.opengravesopenminds.com/the-black-vampyre-and-other-creations-2020/. And you can follow the event with #GothicNewWorlds on @OGOMProject.

This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 12–22 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.