Screenshot_2013_11_06_22.06.03422411We’re not short of suitably gothic spaces, or for that matter, individuals, around here. So it’s fitting that, from 18th – 24th November, Liverpool will experience a barbarously romantic transformation as it welcomes its first International Gothic Festival to city’s spookier environs. And FACT.

Drawing upon Liverpool’s Gothic identity, our haunted spaces and dark cultural histories, the annual Liverpool International Gothic Festival (LIGF) promises to explore the Gothic in art, film, literature and performance, combining physical theatre, working exhibitions, film screenings, ghost tours, readings, cookery demonstrations with a Gothic flavour (what?), and academic debates.

Highlights include best-selling novelist Matt Haig, author of The Radley’s discussing the challenges of the modern day suburban vampire, FACT brings classic horror to the big screen, readings take place in Waterstones and across the city, and some of the UK’s leading academics converge upon the city for the Gothic Conversation. We’re especially looking forward to film maker and sculptor Lee Hardcastle, doing the Excorcist in 60 seconds – and, of course, Shiverpool’s specialised tours of Liverpool’s Gothic side.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit the website.

LIGF
18-24 November

  • Ramsey Campbell

    Forgive me – I wouldn’t usually use you folk for advertising, but since I’ve been brought on board the Festival programme at such short notice I hope you won’t mind: I’ll be talking about Liverpool as a Gothic setting and reading examples, not to mention taking questions, at Waterstones in Liverpool One on Wednesday 20 November at six in the evening. Admission free.

  • Stephen Volk

    Excellent!