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Venue: Various locations in Dublin Website:  http://www.bramstokerfestival.com/ Price: Free Date: 26th-28th October

You may be more familiar with the tortured teenage vampires in Twilight or whatever the latest reincarnation of the vampire is on the big screen but now it’s time to learn a little bit about the true master of the vampire genre, Irish novelist Bram Stoker.

For 3 days Dublin will play host to over 30 vamp-filled events celebrating Bram Stoker and his most famous novel Dracula. Prepare for a weekend of walking tours through the lane-ways and hidden steps of the Victorian macabre of the city; literary workshops exploring horror writing with award winning authors for both teens and adults; Stoker-themed theatre, lively discussions on all things vampire, and an evening of spooky spectacle from renowned street theatre company Spraoi in the grounds of Dublin Castle.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Stoker Dublin Revealed

Date & Times: 2.00pm & 6.00pm on Saturday Oct 27th / 2.00pm on Sunday Oct 28th

An evocative walking tour of Victorian and Gothic Dublin, revealing the stories behind the sites associated with Stoker and his contemporaries.

  • “Imagining Bram Stoker”: Spraoi Spectacle

Date: Sunday Oct 28th Times: Performances at 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. The award-winning street theatre company Spraoi recreates the sounds, sights, smells of 19th century Dublin, creating a light-touch contemporary take on Stoker’s outer world.

  • “Stoker” by Ouroborus Theatre Ireland

Date & Times: 7.30pm Friday Oct 26th & Saturday Oct 27th. 4pm Sunday Oct 28th

A nightmarish journey into the lair of a demented mind, Stoker is an exciting and original new play by Paul Walker for Ouroboros Theatre Company.

  • “The Judge’s House” by The Performance Corporation

Dates & Times: 10.30pm – 1.00pm / 2.00pm – 5.00pm Friday Oct 26th / Saturday Oct 27th / 12.00pm – 4.00pm Sunday Oct 28th

Step into Bram Stoker’s world with this gothic audio experience, created for the atmospheric surroundings of Marsh’s Library – a regular haunt of the writer in his Dublin days, and home to a resident ghost.

  • “Nosferatu: A Not-So-Silent Symphony and Cinema Event” with 3epkano

Date & Time: Sat Oct 27th 8pm

  • THE LIFE OF BRAM STOKER 1847-1912 Exhibition

Dates & Times: October 18th – November 30th Venue: The Little Museum, 15 St Stephen Green, Dublin 2

Tickets: Discounted tickets via http://www.littlemuseum.ie

  • THE ANATOMY OF FEAR – FROM STOKER TO SCARPETTA with PATRICIA CORNWELL, BESTSELLING US CRIME NOVELIST

Dates & Times: 7.30pm Fri Oct 26th

  • BLOOD RED INK

Dates & Times: 10.00am Sat Oct 27th & Sun Oct 28th Tickets: 5 euro. Pre-booking and registration required.

Focused writing workshop with double Children’s Books award-winner Celine McKiernan.

  • GOTHIC TALES FROM THE CRYPT

Dates & Times: 3pm – 4.30pm Sat Oct 27th

  • NIGHTMARE AT SMOCK ALLEY

Dates & Times: 5pm Sat Oct 27th

Hosted by RTÉ Elev8’s Diana Bunici, she will find out what actually scares these scary story men! The perfect way to get in the mood for Halloween!

  • BATTY HABITS AND SPOOKY STORY-MAKING

Dates & Times: 11.00am Sun Oct 28th

  • FATAL ATTRACTION: WHAT IS IT WITH VAMPIRES

Dates & Times: 2pm Sun Oct 28th

The Vampire motif seems to be everywhere these days, in teen fiction (Twilight), television (The Vampire Diaries, True Blood) and movies (where do you start?). Teenagers, from Goths to geeks, emos to metalheads, can’t get enough, but is it all innocent fantasy?

  • WHAT LIES BENEATH: DRACULA AND ITS LEGACY

Dates & Times: Sun Oct 28th 4pm

Hidden beneath the surface of this Gothic tale, contemporary fears of modernity, sexual freedom and the mysterious East abound. Modern scholars and Stokerites discuss the effect of Stoker’s legacy on literature, and how society fears manifest in the darkest of tales.

  • ST ANN’S: THE CHURCH IN THE HEART OF THE CITY Exhibition

Dates & Times: Oct 26th 2012 – Oct 26th 2013, Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 16.00.

Many notable parishioners have been baptised, married and buried at St Ann’s, but perhaps the best known is Abraham (Bram) Stoker, the author of the gothic novel, Dracula, who was married there in 1878.

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