Tales of the Weird

A Night of Strange Fiction

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This event took place on 14 November 2023

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Tales of the Weird
A Night of Strange Fiction

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This event took place on 14 November 2023

Discover strange stories with readings and a panel of experts of weird and wonderful fiction

The British Library’s hugely popular Tales of The Weird series unearths and republishes strange and uncanny stories from its collections. They range from Crawling Horror: Creeping Tales of the Insect Weird to The Uncanny Gastronomic: Strange Tales of the Edible Weird, and from Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic to Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights. Whether delving into ghostly horror or unsettling folk nightmares, every volume is a treasure trove of extraordinary writing from the past and present, each lovingly collected and introduced.

This affectionate celebration of weird writing, hosted by author and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, features an introduction to series highlights with collection editors Tanya Kirk and Zara-Louise Stubbs, and series editor Jonny Davidson, after which two of our finest writers of the strange - Matthew Holness (aka Garth Marenghi ) and Julia Armfield (salt slow, Our Wives Under The Sea) discuss the ways that the weird and uncanny influences their own work. Please note that Reece Shearsmith is no longer able to take part in this event due to a change in his filming schedule.

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