Beyond twilight: young adult gothic fiction - readers, writers, scholars

This event took place on 27 September 2013. It brought together authors, figures from the publishing industry, academics and young adult readers to explore the surge of Gothic writing aimed at children and young adults in the last ten to fifteen years.

Dr Catherine Spooner and Chloe Buckley joined authors Chris Priestley (Mister Creecher), Celia Rees (Witch Child), Marcus Sedgwick (Midwinterblood), Sarah Singleton (Sacrifice) and Paula Morris (Ruined) and students from eight secondary schools and sixth-form colleges across the north-west in order to discuss questions such as the gendering of the Gothic; the use of meta-fictional techniques to interrogate the production of history; the role of horror in writing for children and young adults; the relationship between Gothic and branding, marketing and consumption; and the wider cultural changes that have taken place that have allowed and encouraged Gothic to become a dominant mode in children’s publishing.

Interviews from the event were broadcast live on BBC Radio Lancashire and you can also view a short film featuring students and speakers. The project continues in the form of a website and blog which will continue to be updated with reviews, news and commentary from the world of Young Adult Gothic.