As well as her fairly regular early evening public talks at the Lit & Phil library, Gail-Nina Anderson has recently begun offering illustrated lectures at Newcastle Castle, mostly on folklore and art-related themes. Booking for these has been lively, so they may already be sold out. If so, please register your interest with the Castle for the possibility of a repeat performance.
Friday 26th May, 6.00 - 7.15 pm
Tickets £5 (booking via Eventbrite).
It's 2017 and Dracula is 120 years old! Well, the good Count may be centuries older, but Bram Stoker's novel saw its first publication in 1897, and that's a cause for celebration.
This illustrated talk explores the creation of Dracula, looking at his folklore roots and literary ancestors, and considers the way that movies and modern popular culture have affected his image, his meaning and even his wardrobe.
This talk takes place in the Black Gate, which is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
July 14th, 6.00 - 7.15 pm
Tickets £4.50, now on sale via Eventbrite.
It's all pretty clear in books and cartoons for children, where gossamer wings and flower-petal skirts are the fashion (although fairy godmothers are usually allowed a matronly gown and a steeple hat.) Our familiar fairies also tend to be small, cute and obligingly eco-conscious, but what we're describing is a creature essentially developed from Victorian artistic traditions. The fairies of folklore didn't look much like that and were certainly not suitable companions for small children.
This illustrated talk tracks what we know of older fairy beliefs and narratives, which were rarely written down and hardly ever illustrated, before explaining how fairies changed once they moved from being creatures of oral folklore to being visualised via the expectations of academic art, then re-created again within a sentimentalised concept of childhood and imagination.
Gail-Nina's triads of art lectures continue into the summer: as with her previous sets of three talks examining different aspects of a movement or theme in art, each one will stand alone as an independent lecture, so don't worry if you can only attend one or two.
These talks are organised by the Lit & Phil (you don't need to be a member in order to attend any of their public events), and tickets cost £4 per talk, from the Lit & Phil Library, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE (map), in person or over the phone (0191) 232 0192. It is advisable to book seats in advance; if you reserve a ticket and are subsequently unable to attend, please let us know as we often have a waiting list.
Art talks run from 6.00 - 7.00 pm and are in the ground floor rooms (so no stairs).