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.

Searching for Richard III


The skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park in 2012 is beyond reasonable doubt that of King Richard III. One of the most controversial of English rulers, Richard has continued to fascinate ever since his death in battle at Bosworth in 1485, provoking numerous literary and artistic portrayals as a ruthless murderer of princes and devious plotter with unstoppable ambition. The legacy of this long tradition is the indelible image of Richard III as a disfigured hunchback, malign in appearance and in character.

This autumn, Continuing Education researchers in the Archaeology, Art History, English and History departments join the search for the real Richard III in a series of linked evening lectures. These talks will investigate the scientific and historic evidence that helps us to understand how this picture of the king was formed and will enable us to better judge how accurate the picture might be. If you choose to attend all four Richard III lectures then you will pay the discounted rate of £30.

Richard III: reign and reputation
Lecture: Monday 14 October 6.15 – 8pm, University of Liverpool
With Dr Martin Heale
This lecture will assess the brief reign of Richard III and consider how historians have sought to understand and evaluate this most controversial – and topical – of English kings.
CRN 17617

Life in the age of Richard III: a bioarchaeological perspective
Lecture: Monday 28 October 6.15 – 8pm, University of Liverpool
With Shirley Curtis-Summers
Using scientific evidence from the skeletal remains of Richard III, this lecture will build a picture of past lifeways in the middle ages. Key case studies will be presented in bioarchaeology (how we identify and recreate evidence of diet, health, trauma and pathology). We will analyse the skeletal trauma from Richard III and the Battle of Towton skeletons, investigate monastic dieting and fasting practices, and consider diet and disease from the medieval perspective.
Note that images of human remains will be shown in this lecture.
CRN 18025

Richard III: Shakespeare’s villain
Lecture: Monday 11 November 6.15 – 8pm, University of Liverpool
With Andrea Young
As part of our Searching for Richard III series, this session will explore the historical, literary and dramatic influences on which Shakespeare drew to create one of his greatest anti-heroes.
CRN 17885

Richard III: Portraying the King
Lecture: Monday 25 November 6.15 – 8pm, University of Liverpool
With Dr Suzanne May
One of the Walker Art Gallery’s most important paintings is ‘David Garrick as Richard III’. This lecture tells how William Hogarth’s 1745 portrait reconciles Shakespearean historicism and dramatic licence with artistic ambition and celebrity portraiture.
CRN 15667

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