Contemporary Gothic Reading Group 2023

The Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies runs a regular Contemporary Gothic Reading Group.

This year there will be four sessions, each online, ticketed, and free to attend.

I am very excited that my short story collection in one of the four books featured.

Tickets are available from eventbrite. The session should last approximately 90 minutes.

Our first session will take place on the 31st of May, when we will discuss Priya Sharma’s award-winning collection of short stories All the Fabulous Beasts (2018). This session will take on board the entire collection but will place special emphasis on ‘The Crow Palace’, ‘The Ballad of Boomtown’ and ‘Fabulous Beasts’. We are also delighted to announce that the author has agreed to join us for the last third of the discussion and will be happy to take questions from attendees.


These free sessions, which we run in the summer months, give us a chance to explore the prominent role of the Gothic in modern and contemporary culture. Come along for a relaxed conversation among enthusiasts and avid readers.


The session will be led by one of our postgraduate Gothic researchers and will take place online over Teams (the link will be made available after a ticket is booked). There is no need to prepare questions or reviews. Please just turn up on the day ready to chat about the book.


This reading group is open to everyone, but please note that regular attendees tend to be postgraduate researchers and members of staff. For this reason, the group might not suit total beginners.

From the eventbrite page

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