Tune in on Saturday 2pm for another Hannah’s Bookshelf on North Manchester FM. This week, I’m going to be sharing a series of interviews I recorded at the International Gothic Association Conference and Gothic Manchester Festival at the beginning of the month.
The IGA promotes the study and dissemination of information on Gothic culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day, bringing together scholars, students, artists, writers and performers from around the world who are interested in any aspect of Gothic culture. The IGA holds an international conference every two years – and 2018 saw the conference hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Centre for Gothic Studies (from 31st July to 3rd August). To coincide with this, MMU also hosted a (slightly earlier than usual) Gothic Manchester Festival (from 1st to 5th August), featuring art, music, literature and performance events – all with a rather dark flavour.
During the course of the conference and festival, I caught up with organizers, delegates, performers and writers to talk about the events (including a couple of previous Hannah’s Bookshelf guests!), and to find out a little bit more about what makes Manchester so dark.
You can hear all about this year’s IGA conference and Gothic Manchester Festival on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area), or listen online (if you’re further afield).