UK Ghost Story Festival

29 Nov
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01 Dec 2019

UK Ghost Story Festival

Join us this winter for a weekend celebration of one of the most beloved forms of fiction – the ghost story. From the classics of Charles Dickens and MR James to modern favourites such as The Woman in Black, The Little Stranger and more, the ghost story has long fascinated audiences around the world.

The UK Ghost Story Festival will be presenting a host of readings, author interviews, talks, film screenings, workshops and much more, taking place around one of the UK’s most haunted cities. 

In the meantime come join us on social media at @UKGSF1 or check out our Facebook event page here.

CONFIRMED AUTHORS :

Charlotte Baker
James Brogden
Sophie Draper
Sue Eaton
James Everington
Simon Fairbanks
Andrew Michael Hurley
Paul Kane
Mark A Latham
Alison Littlewood
Johnny Mains
Adam LG Nevill
Marie O’Regan
Laura Purcell 
Rhiannon Ward
Martyn Waites
Lewis Williams

Venues across Derby
29 November -1 December

'Sponsored by the Horror Writers Association UK - http://hwauk.org/'

See the UK Ghost Story Festival schedule here

Please note that Saturday Day Passes and Full Weekend Passes are also available for the Ghost Story Festival! 
Saturday Passes £35 - buy here
Weekend Passes £55 - buy here

The Elements Of A Ghost Story

Join author and traditional oral storyteller, Sophie Draper for a closer look at what makes for an effective ghost story. Mood, setting, structure, backstory,…

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The Innocents

Based on one of the best-known ghost stories of all time, Henry James’s The Turn Of The Screw, The Innocents is a masterpiece of psychological horror. With a…

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Adam LG Nevill

One of the UK's finest writers of supernatural and folk horror, Adam LG Nevill burst onto the scene with the acclaimed ghost story Banquet for the Damned.…

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Beetlejuice

One of acclaimed director Tim Burton’s biggest hits takes a darkly comic look at the world of the afterlife, with Michael Keaton in the titular lead role…

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Introduction To Ghost Stories

If you’ve always been interested in ghost stories, but didn’t know where to begin, this workshop is made for you! Over this two-hour session we’ll cover how to…

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Ring

Based on Koji Suzuki’s successful novel of the same name, Ring was an instant hit on its release in Japan and didn’t take long to make a huge impact on…

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Ghost Stories

With Charlotte Baker This workshop will ensure you gain an understanding of what atmosphere is, how writers have used it, and how to best utilise this in a…

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Ghost Stories

With James Everington, Alison Littlewood, Rhiannon Ward (Chair) and Mark Latham So many of the most renowned authors of ghost stories made their name in short…

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Tania Glyde

Join acclaimed horror and ghost story author Adam Nevill for this informal ‘kaffeeklatsch’ (literally ‘coffee and a chat!’) session, where you’ll be able to…

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Projected Figures

With Darrell Buxton What's the next best thing to reading a spooky ghost story by firelight? Why, being creeped out watching one, via the flickering…

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Andrew Michael Hurley

One of the most exciting authors in a new wave of supernatural fiction, Andrew Michael Hurley’s first novel, The Loney, was the winner of the Costa First Novel…

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Ghost Stories

With Johnny Mains In this talk, Johnny Mains takes you through the editorial process of his latest anthology in progress, Victoria’s Ghosts, looking at how to…

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Ghost Stories

With Alex Davis In this session, writer, reviewer and UKGSF creator Alex Davis will be taking you through a brief history of the ghost story and looking in-…

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Ghost Stories

With Sarah Ward Are crime novels and ghost stories mutually exclusive? The boundary between crime and supernatural fiction is increasingly blurring and…

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Ghost Stories

With Alex Davis (Chair), James Everington, Alison Littlewood and Marie O'Regan Get ready to rumble as our expert panel dissects the merits and quality of some…

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Laura Purcell

Another of the most exciting new names in the ghost story field for many years, Laura Purcell’s 2017 novel The Silent Companions was a huge hit with audiences…

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Late Night Reading

Friday 29 November: Authors TBC Saturday 30 November: With Alison Littlewood and James Brogden Join us for a final atmospheric reading to close the Friday or…

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Ghost Stories

With Sophie Draper, Paul Kane, Mark Latham and Laura Purcell When we consider the ghost story, our thoughts often turn to the masters of the form, with works…

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Ghost Stories

With Charlotte Baker, James Brodgen, Adam Nevill and Sophie Draper There’s no disputing that writing a great ghost story is an art – but how do you master that…

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Lost Voices

With Johnny Mains In this keynote talk, Johnny Mains – editor of the acclaimed A SUGGESTION OF GHOSTS and AN OBSCURITY OF GHOSTS (Black Shuck Books) – will…

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The Haunting Of Hill House

With Charlotte Baker This workshop will examine the Netflix’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. The workshop will analyse the…

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Martyn Waites

Martyn Waites is an acclaimed author of crime and folk horror. His crime series include the popular Stephen Larkin and Joe Donovan series, and under the name…

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UK Ghost Story Festival Passes

Join us this winter for a weekend celebration of one of the most beloved forms of fiction – the ghost story. From the classics of Charles Dickens and MR James…

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GSF: The Many Adaptations of A Christmas Carol

Come and celebrate the most adapted ghost story of all time! We will explore the many adaptations of A Christmas Carol, across literature, film and television…

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M R James

This pair of documentaries, presented by acclaimed performer and storyteller, Robert Lloyd Parry, delve in the secret histories of two of MR James's most…

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GSF: Editing A Horror Anthology

In 2017, The Corona Book of Horror Stories burst onto the publishing scene and over the last three years has built a reputation for quality short story fiction…

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GSF: Lunchtime Reading

Join us for a reading with acclaimed UK horror authors and editors Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan to kick off the final day of the UK Ghost Story Festival!…

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