Liverpool International Gothic Festival with Continuing Education

Liverpool International Gothic Festival & Continuing Education

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The Liverpool International Gothic Festival (LIGF) aims to explore the gothic genre through art, film, literature and performance and we are delighted to be working with them in 2014 by providing a number of exciting activities that are available to everyone. Our contribution to the festival is detailed below. All events are priced £9.

Writing the Gothic,Saturday 29 November, 2.30-4.30pm With Eleanor Rees

Join poet Eleanor Rees to explore your affective responses to atmospheric, Gothic spaces. Beginning in a suitably spooky location you will be asked to respond to the environment as a text reading it’s meanings via your knowledge but also responding to how the place makes you feel. Drawing on this stimulus we will gather these sensations into associations and further language to create the content for a concluding writing task back in the warm.  We will think about our use of verbs and adjectives and how they can carry our bodily reactions over and onto the page. We will write the Gothic aslant and cross over to the other side!

We will be outside for part of this workshop so warm clothing is advised. Please bring a hardback notebook and pen. For more information on Eleanor’s work visit

The Irish Gothic, Thursday 27 November, 7-9pm With Dr. Niall Carson

This is a one off lecture on the genre of Irish Gothic Fiction and the historical context for its development. We will look at writers such as Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Oscar Wilde to discuss the contribution of Ireland to Gothic fiction.

Film Screening: ‘Saint-Ange/ House of Voices’, Pascal Laugier (2004), Thursday 20 November, 6-9pm With Alison Smith

1960. A young woman arrives as cleaner for a deserted orphanage in the remote Alps. She finds one remaining resident, and unsettling murmurs and whispers as if the house retained traces of children departed. Pascal Laugier’s first feature is a subtler affair than his subsequent ‘Martyrs’, resting on the uncanniness of place and the fears which come when the past touches us too closely.

This screening features a brief introductory talk by Dr Alison Smith. Alison is Subject Lead for Film Studies at the University of Liverpool and a specialist in post-war French cinema. 

If you would like to know more about the LIGF and would like information about other activities available please visit their website or click here Liverpool International Gothic Festival website.