Following the phenomenal success of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2013, which launched the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, we returned with a new programme of events and activities designed to showcase Manchester Met’s academic expertise in the gothic and foreground Manchester’s rich vein of gothic talent.
Included in this festival of the macabre and fantastical were readings from authors working on the gothic dimensions of austerity politics, tours of the John Rylands Library and of the gothic splendours of the city and author Rosie Garland reading from both of her novels and discussing her alternative life as Goth icon Rosie Lugosi. As if this were not already a surfeit of transgressive pleasure, we also had a vampire-themed pub quiz, a phantasmagoric lantern display and film screening, and the local Steampunk community joined us for a day of retro-tech delights, including a costumed tour of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Steam Hall.
The Gothic Manchester Festival 2013 was convened by Dr Linnie Blake.
Dr Linnie Blake is Principal Lecturer in Film in the Department of English, Director of The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies and Pathway Leader for the MA English Studies – The Gothic. Her work on literary, filmic and televisual texts ranges across genres, national cultures and historical periods. She has published widely on topics as various as seventeenth century Puritanism and zombie apocalypticism, Edgar Allan Poe and the Situationist International, Hillbilly Horror and Post 9/11 Republicanism, Japanese and Thai horror cinema and the contemporary Gothic box set. She is the author of The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity (Manchester: MUP, 2008) and is working on a second monograph: Gothic Television in a Neoliberal Age as well as an edited collection – Neoliberal Gothic (for Manchester University Press) and a Contemporary Horror Reader (for Edinburgh University Press).
The Gothic Manchester Festival is a proud supporter of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and we will be selling wristbands and providing information about alternative lifestyle and hate crime throughout our events.