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OGOM LogoThe Open Graves, Open Minds Project began by unearthing depictions of the vampire and the undead in literature, art, and other media, then embraced werewolves (and representations of wolves and wild children), fairies, and other supernatural beings and their worlds. The Project extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the folkloric, and the magical, emphasising that sense of Gothic as enchantment rather than simply horror. Through this, OGOM is articulating an ethical Gothic, cultivating moral agency and creating empathy for the marginalised, monstrous or othered, including the disenchanted natural world. You can find out more by viewing the story of OGOM through its reception in the media here.

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Marcus Sedgwick (1968-2022)

We are very saddened to hear of the death of August Sedgwick, who wrote as Marcus Sedgwick, on 15 November. August was a brilliant writer who wrote novels for children, young adults, and adults (though he wasn’t fond of the … Continue reading

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Breaking Through to Faery

Thank you to everyone who attended our Breaking Through to Faery: Re-enchantment and the Gothic Folklore of Fungi event on 19th November. We had 177 bookings and the event sold out after just a few days of the tickets being released! … Continue reading

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The OGOM Project is convened by Dr Sam George (University of Hertfordshire) and Dr Bill Hughes, and has been funded generously by the University of Hertfordshire.