This Halloween, Andrew McInnes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, and Philippa Holloway, Creative Writing Postgraduate Researcher, performed a series of readings of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Alasdair Gray’s Poor Things as part of the worldwide ‘Frankenreads’ initiative, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s novel.
Andy played the part of Shelley’s antihero, Victor Frankenstein, talking the audience through his transgressive research into the boundaries between life and death, his creation and abandonment of the monster, the monster’s murderous revenge and demand to create him a bride.
At this point in the story, Philippa was revealed as the female creature, changing the narrative to tell the story of Gray’s Frankenstein-inspired heroine Bella Baxter. The audience was invited to make their own Franken-story out of fragments of the two novels, with members of the public then performing their own ‘tales of terror’.
The event concluded with a poetry reading from Liz Lochhead’s ‘Dreaming Frankenstein’ and questions about what the department is going to do to top this next Halloween!