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A Celebration of Gothic Literature

Saturday, 14 October 2023

09.30am - 5.30pm

Alderney Methodist Hall

What is Gothic Literature?

From wild and remote landscapes to vulnerable heroines; from violent and erotic fantasies to supernatural and uncanny happenings; Gothic fiction has intrigued and unsettled readers for more than two centuries. It explores themes of horror, romance, and the macabre.

 

Set often in bleak landscapes, old castles, ruins, or haunted houses where secrets, mysteries, and dangers lurk, it serves as a mirror to human anxieties and desires. In a more modern day setting it creates a mood of fear, dread, and suspense. 

 

While some of the most famous examples of Gothic literature are Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe's stories and poems, and Bram Stoker's Dracula, more modern examples would include Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, with its combination of emotional intensity, isolation, mysterious setting and foreboding atmosphere. More recent writers such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Sarah Waters embody Gothic elements, particularly in the exploration of humanity’s darker side.

Across both traditional and modern Gothic literature, a common thread remains: the exploration of the unknown, whether it's the supernatural or the dark and mysterious aspects of human nature.

For more examples, click to visit the British Library

To find our more about the speakers and their talks, click on their photo below.

Dale Townshend

Dale Townshend

9.30am - 10.30am

Zoe Somerville

Zoe Somerville

11am - 12pm

Anna Mazzola

Anna Mazzola

1.30pm - 2.30pm

A J West

A J West

3pm - 4pm

Tish Delaney

Tish Delaney

4.30pm - 5.30pm

2023

2023

Ticket Information
  • Individual tickets: £10 each
      Click on author photo for talk information and to buy individual tickets.
  • Rover Ticket (1 ticket to all 5 talks): £45
 
 
Tickets also available from the Alderney Visitors Centre.
All talks are free to under-16s.
Email info@alderneyliterarytrust.com to reserve a place.
The Spirt Engineer
Gothic Antiquirt
The Marsh House
The House of Whispers -b Picture4
The Sirit Engineer 2
Saint of Lost Things
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Night of the Flood
The Clockwork Girl copy
Saint of Lost Things
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