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Past Society Events in 2020
March Literary Meeting
Saturday 7th March 2020
A talk by author Frances Hardinge, whose A Skinful of Shadows was our 2017 Children of the Night Award winner.
"Frances grew up in an old house in rural Kent, England where the wind wuthered. She has always liked dark stories – when she was six, she wrote a short story that included an attempted poisoning, a faked death and a villain being thrown off a cliff – all in just one page!"
This introduction from Frances's website sums up her background perfectly, she began writing at a precociously young age, and is now a highly successful and multi-award winning "young adult" genre author.
Wearing her trademark black felt hat, she regaled us with the story of her background and how she gets the inspiration for her work, some of which is set in real historical settings, and some in fantastical worlds from her amazing imagination.
A hugely entertaining and informative evening.
New Year Meeting
Saturday 25th January 2020
For our traditional New Year film screening, we presented for the first time at a Society event the early silent classic horror The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This marked the centenary of its original German première in February 1920.
Described by one film critic as "the first true horror film" this is the quintessential example of early German expressionist cinema.
It is justifiably famous for its twisted surreal sets, conveying an impression of the mind of a madman. Is its protagonist actually a delusional lunatic in an asylum, or is his story horrifyingly true? The audience is left to decide.