Author Archives: Lucy Northenra

About Lucy Northenra

Senior Lecturer in Literature, University of Hertfordshire

Easter Greetings from OGOM

Happy holidays to all from OGOM. Here’s a cover from a turn-of the-19th-century satirical magazine Puck announcing a very mischievous Easter: However you are spending the bank holiday, I hope you catch some mummers or pace egg plays as they … Continue reading

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Mummers and Pace Egg Plays

Mummer or Pace egg Plays are often performed today in areas such as St Albans, Todmorden & Hebden Bridge. They have a hero-combat theme. St George fights and conquers all manner of enemies (The dragon, The Turk etc.). The other … Continue reading

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‘Some Curious Disquiet’: Highlights from Polidori, the Byronic Vampire and It’s Progeny, 6th-7th April, Keats House, Hampstead, 2019

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Polidori’s Bloodsucking Progeny: Scholars gather to celebrate 200 years of vampire fiction

The first news stories are starting to appear now about our exciting bicentenary event, like this one… To mark the bicentenary of the publication of John Polidori’s gothic tale The Vampyre, academics from across the world will gather at the … Continue reading

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‘Polidori, the Byronic vampire & its progeny’ April 6th-7th 2019

‘Some curious disquiet’: Polidori, the Byronic vampire, and its progeny A symposium for the bicentenary of The Vampyre’ 6-7 April 2019, Keats House, Hampstead We’re beyond excited to announce our next event (above) in the spring. John Polidori published his … Continue reading

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Every Time A Bell Rings an Angel Gets His Wings

I am writing on Hans Andersen in my forthcoming book on shadow play and despite the discourse of suffering and redemption, the stories are full of imagination and sensibility, and are always heart-wrenchingly empathic. Many of the tales have a … Continue reading

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LGBT Selkie Poem

I’m posting this Scottish folklore poetry re-imagined with an LGBT twist for those interested in selkie literature. The book will launch at LGBT History Month in Scotland in February 2019. Students of the Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic … Continue reading

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Slaying Vampires: Romantic Origins, Theatrical Afterlives

. @DrSamGeorge1 talks about the fascinating history behind this vampire slaying kit, which feeds into the research of the @OGOMProject.#halloween pic.twitter.com/VIKQyktHZV — University of Hertfordshire (@UniofHerts) October 31, 2018 ‘ but those mine enemies, which would not that I should … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Greetings From OGOM

Hello OGOMERS, Wishing you a spooktacular Hallowe’en evening!!! We are just back from our Supernatural St Albans Halloween Tour which went down a real treat. Around 40 people engaged in our wonderfully weird history of witches, tortured martyrs, vampire graves, dragons, … Continue reading

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Something to Howl About: OGOM Gothic Studies Special Issue, ‘Werewolves and Wildness’

We’re excited to announce that we have submitted our special issue of Gothic Studies on ‘Werewolves, Wild Children and Wilderness‘ to Edinburgh University Press for publication in May, 2019.  This is the first of two publications that have developed from … Continue reading

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