Horrifying Children: Television, Literature and Popular Culture 1966-1998
Have you ever been unsettled, horrified or even traumatised by your television? If Hartley Hare and Chocky haunt your dreams? If you can manage to get out from behind the sofa this symposium is for you.
There has been an explosion of interest in the impact of children’s television and literature of the late C20th. In particular, the 1970s and 1980s are seen as decades that shaped a great deal of our contemporary cultural landscape. Television of this period dominated the world of childhood entertainment, drawing freely upon literature and popular culture, and much of it continues to resonate powerfully with the generation of cultural producers (fiction writers, screenwriters, directors, musicians and artists) that grew up watching the weird, the eerie and the horrific. This event aims to go beyond mere nostalgia and investigate the influence of the often ‘strange’ material that featured so prominently as part of the common currency of childhood experience in these years.
We will have speakers talking about research in the field, people discussing their memories of TV and there will be readings of original fiction and poetry. We will be having a film screening of something suitably weird. In the evening we will be joined for a separate ticketed event by our friends from Scarred for Life who will be performing their live show.
Details will be updated in the lead up to the event.
Lunch will also be provided for all attendees, so please indicate if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Please also have a read of our blog and a peek at our twitter account to get a taste of how horrifyingly brilliant this event will be!
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