On Saturday the 2nd of April 2016 the Spirits of Place symposium was held at Calderstones Mansion House here in the heart of South Liverpool.
The whole thing came about when I saw that the venue was for hire and I started thinking about what kind of event it would be great to see there. Something the likes of which people who live in London, or Brighton say, might be quite used to seeing advertised but which there never seem to be very many of up here in the North. Something which fused historical and archaeological topics with things like folklore and myth and literature. Something which spoke of the stories – public, personal, true and otherwise – embedded and encoded in the landscape. Tentatively I made some enquiries, things spiralled quickly, and within a month I found myself at the helm of an actual event that had speakers and tickets for sale and was definitely an actual real thing.
And then, on Saturday, it happened. And it was successful. Very successful. And people have sent me lovely tweets, and emails, and even written lovely blogs about it (here and here).
Lots of people have asked me if there will be another one, and do you know what? I think there probably will be. If you’d like to stay informed about that please subscribe here.
Spirits of Place is a one day, multidisciplinary symposium taking place on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2016 in Calderstones Mansion house, Calderstones Park, Liverpool.
It’s a kind of cross between a conference and a working – a day of talks, readings, interviews, and screenings taking their cue from the neolithic Calderstones and their surroundings and then spiralling out to include all manner of related stuff.
Archaeology, history, folklore, magick, psychogeography/landscape-punk, fiction, and all points between will be covered.
A full list of guests, talks, and (approximate) times is online at tiny.cc/spiritsofplace where tickets can be purchased for £15 (plus booking fee).
27-29 MAY – EXCEL LONDON – ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK Online Romance, Cyberbullying and Fanboys, Victorian Style – Top Comic Creators Set to Thrill at MCM Expo
Brilliant new online motion comic THE THRILL ELECTRIC won’t hit screens until October, but visitors to the MCM Expo London Comic Con will get an exclusive sneak peek at this amazing-looking series at next month’s show!
Presented in association with Hat Trick Productions and Channel 4, MCM Expo’s THE THRILL ELECTRIC panel includes writers Leah Moore and John Reppion, character designer Emma Vieceli, producer Andy Mettam and artists from brand new all-female comic book outfit Windflower Studio.
Created by the very best names in the UK comics industry, THE THRILL ELECTRIC follows teenager Emily Bennet as she takes a job at Victorian Manchester’s Electric Telegraph Company, where the exciting new technology mirrors our own internet age with romance, cyberbullying and fanboys.
Set to be released weekly in 10 parts online and on Apple mobile devices, THE THRILL ELECTRIC brings Emily’s world of Victorian Manchester to vibrant life through enhanced panels, 3D scrolling and ambient soundscapes.
Producer Andrew Mettam says: “Between them Leah, John and Emma represent some of the most exciting new talent in the British comics industry, so to have them together on the same project is a real dream signing.”
EDIT: talk is now scheduled for 2pm (though may still be subject to change on the day)