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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Once upon a time… live spooky storytime for grown ups

Once upon a time… live spooky storytime for grown ups

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

Tortoise Lates: Fear

An evening of conversation, ideas and entertainment.

An evening of real and imaginary horrors in the Tortoise Studio. With terrifying ghost stories, the scariest movies and an exploration of the frightening things happening at the top of government, Tortoise Lates: Fear will give you chills…

If you aren’t scared yet, you soon will be… Hands up for a live experiment in “recreational fear”? For this very special closing scene of our Fright Night programme, we’re thrilled to be joined by Vanessa Woolf, a specialist in the lost art of live storytelling for grown ups. First, we’ll hear Vanessa’s spine-tingling tale – which, we’re led to believe, will genuinely give us the heebie-jeebies – before quickly turning the lights back on and reminding ourselves it’s “just a story”. While our hearts are still racing, renowned horror scholar Dr Mathias Clasen will help us to understand what’s going on. What happens in our bodies when we feel afraid? Why do some people like to feel scared? And what’s happening in our subconscious when we do?

editor and invited experts

Luke Gbedemah

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes
Reader in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-Lead of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies.

Professor Neil Martin
Professor of Psychology and horror enthusiast

Vanessa Woolf
Professional storyteller. Founder of London Dreamtime