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Haunted Voices: Seasonal Spirits

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Blackwell's are delighted to be hosting a seasonal evening of readings from Haunt Publishing's wonderful anthology, 'Haunted Voices'.

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Scotland has a stunning tradition of oral storytelling, from the firesides of the nation’s legendary storytelling families to the physical and virtual platforms of today’s narrative performers. Scotland is also a place with a strange, longstanding affinity with that most chilling of genres: the Gothic.

Haunted Voices – a bold and ambitious anthology in both text and audio – showcases some of Scotland’s best oral storytellers, from archived stories of past masters to the work of contemporary performers, and their most disturbing tales of terror.

Expect monstrous tongue-eaters, shadowy demons, haunted video tapes, wicked priests, strange shapes in the darkness, a retelling of Poe’s The Raven… and more!

Scotland may be small, but it has many, many voices. So gather round and listen close. This is Haunted Voices: Scotland’s great Gothic chorus.

About the Contributors

Fiona Barnett is an independent researcher and lover of campfire stories. Based in Edinburgh, she writes and presents Past Tense, an in-depth history podcast on the civil war period of 1625–1660 in the British Isles, as experienced by the English, Scottish and Irish – all of whom did a great line in superstition and ghost stories. The rest of the time, she’s a proofreader and high school English tutor.

Paul Bristow writes fiction, folk tales and comics, sometimes all at once. He has worked for the Scottish Book Trust as a Digital Storyteller in Residence and, as part of heritage group Magic Torch, he has written folktales, ghost stories and comics that celebrate the more unusual history of the West of Scotland and beyond. His first children’s book, The Superpower Project, was shortlisted for the Floris Books Kelpies prize 2014 and published in 2016, and he has been published in literary magazines such as 404 Ink.

Gavin Inglis's recent writing appears mostly in games, from the undead-next-door mayhem of Neighbourhood Necromancer to the cosmic awfulness of Call of Cthulhu, via the Victorian underworld of Fallen London. His spoken word has graced such venues as a reconditioned porn cinema in Glasgow, a dockers' club in Leith, a festival tent in a field near Ipswich and a glorified steel crate on the beach at Kinlochbervie. He has been to Whitby at least four times and once explained the gothic subculture to a visiting reverend.

Alycia Pirmohamed received an MFA from the University of Oregon and is currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying poetry written by second-generation immigrants. Her forthcoming chapbook, Faces that Fled the Wind, was selected by Camille Rankine for the 2018 BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize. Alycia was a 2019 recipient of the 92Y/Discovery Poetry Contest and, in 2018, she won the Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest in poetry.

Sean Wai Keung is a Glasgow-based poet and performer. He was a 2017 Starter Artist at the National Theatre of Scotland during which he worked on spoken word and performance representations of takeaway food. He has performed live at venues such as Summerhall, Rhubaba Art Gallery and Sonnet Youth and has been featured in livestreamed events at places including St. Anthony’s Well, Edinburgh, and the ruins of the Jerma Palace Hotel, Malta. He was awarded the 2014 Best Debut Performance award at Farrago Zoo Spoken Word Awards.

The bookshop has level access, events are seated and speakers use microphones. If you have any concerns about accessibility, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accomodate your needs. For more information, or if you would like a signed copy because you can't make it to the event, please contact the Blackwell's Edinburgh events team on 0131 622 8237 or events.edinburgh@blackwell.co.uk.

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