Haunted: Ghost Story Readings for Halloween

This autumn Janine Birkett, Grace Kirby, Sue McCormick and Stephen Tomlin will be on tour in the Tyne valley and Dumfries giving intimate readings of ghost stories penned by some of the greatest writers of the genre, from Edith Nesbit and Elizabeth Gaskell to Muriel Spark, Chaz Brenchley and Muriel Gray.

Haunted is a different kind of listening entertainment, ideal for curious adults and children over 11 who love uncanny fictional narratives exploring every aspect of the supernatural. Read in intimate settings with the lights down low these great ghost stories have been carefully chosen by producer Stephen Tomlin to match the setting or the date. The Wall by prize winning Scots author Kate Clanchy, a contemporary tale set on Hadrian’s Wall, links all the venues below.

Hexham, The Vault, Friday 26th October www.tynedalefineartproducts.co.uk                                                            Tel: 01434 – 603884

Bardon Mill, The Sill (Northumberland National Park Discovery Centre), Sat 27th Oct                                                         www.thesill.org.uk   Tel: 01434 – 341200

Dumfries, Theatre Royal Studio, Wed 31st October www.theatreroyaldumfries.co.uk                                                                 Tel: 01387 – 254209

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Lit & Phil, Wednesday 1st November www.litandphil.org.uk                                                                                          Tel: 0191 – 232 – 0192

Horsley Hearth Arts Centre, Thursday 2nd November www.thehearth.co.uk                                                                                          Tel: 01661 – 852545

Start time of 7.30 unless otherwise stated. Interval with licensed bar. For information on tickets & access please contact the venue directly.  Pre-show meals can be booked in advance at The Hearth & The Sill.

Writers and Readers

The Vault readers are Grace Kirby & Stephen Tomlin (above). Stories: The Deadly Space Between by Chaz Brenchley, Man Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit and The Wall by Kate Clanchy.

The Sill readers are Grace Kirby (above) and Stephen Tomlin. Stories: The Old Nurses Story by Elizabeth Gaskell, Another Pair of Hands by Muriel Spark and The Wall by Kate Clanchy

The Lit & Phil and The Hearth readers are Janine Birkett (above) and Stephen Tomlin. Stories: The Deadly Space Between by Chaz Brenchley, Man Size in Marble by Edith Nesbit and The Wall by Kate Clanchy

Dumfries Theatre Royal readers are Sue McCormick (above) and Stephen Tomlin. A Halloween night’s programme of modern and contemporary ghost story fiction from Scottish born female writers. Front Row Rider by Muriel Gray and Kate Clanchy’s The Wall  are followed by a double bill of darkly comic stories by Muriel Spark to mark the centenary of her birth – The Executor and Another Pair of Hands.