Just like you, whenever anyone mentions the topic of ghosts, we at Stranger than Fiction are put in mind of those lines from Virgil:
Sunt geminae Somni portae, quarum altera fertur
Cornea, qua veris facilis datur exitus umbris*
But plainly that’s a load of bobbins because no one makes gates out of horn.
So just what are ghosts? The spirits of the restless dead? Messengers from the other side? Or indicators that the space-time continuum has more cracks in it than a three-year-old smartphone? And if ghosts are the spirits of the restless dead – which they are – why do so many of them insist on dragging chains around? Of course, there are some people – mainly crackpots and conspiracy theorists – who claim that ghosts don’t actually exist but are mere hallucinations – tricks played on us by our imperfect eyes and febrile brains. Methinks they doth project too much.
Whatever the truth is (and the truth is that they’re restless spirits come to relocate our poorly positioned chains), we’ll be sure to hear something entertaining on the subject from our four fearless performers – two novelists, a poet and a comedian – who will be lifting the veil on things that go ‘whoo’ in the night.** So, come along on 2nd July to the underground vault at The Albannach and join Emma Jane Unsworth, Sam Mills, Francine Elena, Howard Cohen and your heavenly host Dixe Wills for a night of spirited performances and phantastic quiz rounds. Miss out and it’ll haunt you forever.
*There are two gates of Sleep, one of which, it is held, is made of horn and by it real ghosts have easy egress
**May include owls. Terms and conditions apply.
Emma Jane Unsworth‘s first novel, Hungry, the Stars and Everything, won a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors and was shortlisted for the Portico Prize for Fiction 2012. Her short story ‘I Arrive First’ was included in The Best British Short Stories 2012 (Salt). Her second novel, Animals, was published by Canongate in May 2014.
Sam Mills is the author of The Quiddity of Will Self (Corsair), a novel which aims to be the literary equivalent of Being John Malkovich, with Will Self as the centre of fascination. The Guardian described it as ‘so outrageous as to defy conventional review’, The Sunday Times as ‘an ingenious, energetic read’ and The Catholic Herald as ‘maverick’.
Francine Elena’s chapbook Christmas Lantern is published by 3:AM Press and her pamphlet Fluoro was shortlisted for the Pighog/Poetry School Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the anthologies The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Furies (For Books Sake), Best Friends Forever (Emma Press) and Par Avion (3:AM Press).
Howard Cohen is a writer/producer who has worked on shows for the BBC, C4 and ITV. His short film work has been nominated for awards around the world. You can find his podcast which features a regular guest from the world of comedy and entertainment at www.possiblyofinterest.co.uk
The Albannach, 66 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DS
Wednesday 2nd July | Doors open 7.00 for an 7.30pm start | £6 on the door