So it’s that time again. I’ve been scouring the web for all things cemetery, death and mourning related to keep you my lovely readers entertained during August. As always, please let me know in the comments, if there are cemetery events happening near you that could do with a shout out!
I’m putting this post up a couple of days early because there are a couple of cool events happening on the 1st August, and I don’t want you to miss out!
Outsiders Poetry & Deaf and Deaf-accessible events @ Shuffle Festival
The closing day of Shuffle festival is a day of events in Tower Hamplets cemetery, London on 1st August, starting at 12noon. There will be events continuing until late, including theatre, music, poetry and arts workshops – all deaf and hard of hearing accessible! Sounds like a fantastic day!! all the info is here including a timetable of the performances.
Cinema under the stars: Apocalypse Now
Get down to Hollywood Forever cemetery tomorrow (1st August) for a screening of this awe-inspiring classic. Tickets are $15 and the gates open at 7.15 for a 9pm showing. All the information and the link to buy tickets can be found here.
An evening with Audrey Niffenegger
The author of The Time Traveller’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry is returning to Highgate to talk about the process of writing Her Fearful Symmetry and how Highgate cemetery and the friends inspired her themes and characters. I reviewed the book just last week (see here), and I would love to be able to go along to the talk on 13th August, but sadly I’ll be working. The evening begins at 7.30pm, and tickets are £25. It looks as if the event is already sold out (not surprisingly), so I hope those of you who are in London already have tickets, if not it might be worth emailing and asking to be notified of any cancellations. Info here.
Furnishing the Funeral
An illustrated talk at The Coffin Works by historian and author Brian Parsons, tracing the history of coffin construction and furnishing from the mid 19th century to the present. This talk is taking place on the 15th August at 6.30pm. There will also be two Ghanan inspired coffins on display from Crazy Coffins. All the info is here, and tickets are available at this link, get them quick! It’ll be at this one for sure!
Cross Bones Vigil for the Outcast
This event is held on the 23rd of every month, and aims to celebrate and remember the forgotten dead buried in one of London’s most unusual burial grounds. Cross Bones was known as the ‘single ladies churchyard’ and was used for the burial of prostitutes denied Christian burial until the 17th century. It may also have served as a plague pit and later was used for pauper burials until 1853. Details of the vigil can be found here, and more information about it’s history can be found here.
Night at the Cemetery Tour of Arnos Vale
See Bristol’s beautiful Arnos Vale cemetery from dusk until dark! beginning at 7.30pm on the 28th August,. See the sppoookkky side of the cemetery including tragic tales and a trip to the crypt, so buy a ticket and bring a torch! Not your cup of tea? There are lots of events happening at Arnos Vale during August, including things for all the family, so check out the full list here.
Mister Ghosts Highly Enviable Monthly Parcel of Simple Yet Amazing Wonderments
July 2015 theme – Graveyard Secrets
I’ve been gazing longingly at the products from Evil Supply Co. for a couple of years now and I was especially drawn to the monthly parcels, but international shipping being what it is… I’ve been holding off on making an order. I am holding off no more! With the theme for this month being so perfect, I couldn’t resist! The parcel is available until Aug 31st for one off orders or August 25th for new monthly subscription customers. I also treated myself to a few of their cute notebooks, and the original and best, Mister Ghost badge. My entire order came to £25 with shipping which was less than I expected, and I’ll even get some free gifts! Note for American readers – there is free shipping on orders over $10!! I’ll do a review when the parcel arrives – so excited!! Even if my wallet is crying a little…
Darkness and Light: Exploring Gothic
Exhibition which began on July 16th and continues until 20th December, at the John Rylands Library in Manchester. The exhibit ‘reveals how Gothic architecture and anatomy inspired and influenced a literary genre, and how the lasting legacy of Gothic can be found in art, films and subculture today.’ This is one I don’t want to miss. Trip to Manchester in the pipeline! It would almost be worth it to see the library alone – I’ve heard it’s beautiful. More info here and here.