Following the phenomenal success of the Gothic Manchester Festival 2013, which launched the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, we are back with a new programme of events and activities designed to showcase MMU’s academic expertise in the gothic and foreground Manchester’s rich vein of gothic talent. Included in this festival of the macabre and fantastical are 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 have a Vampire-themed pub quiz, a phantasmagoric lantern display and film screening, and the local Steampunk community will join us for a day of retro-tech delights, including a costumed tour of the Museum of Science and Industry’s Steam Hall. If you delight in the darkness, you are sure to find something here to sink your teeth into!
Our pick of art, architecture, heritage, and city events.