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Sinister stories set for silver screen showing

Students were given advise from University staff on laying out their films

Students were given advise from University staff on laying out their films

Vampires, pixies and zombies have captured the imaginations of budding authors and film makers at a Gothic Literature workshop hosted by Sheffield University.

Creative pupils from Silverdale School, Springs Academy and Fir Vale School have been given the opportunity to work with experts from the university’s School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics.

The pupils are creating their own Gothic stories and will go on to produce them as short films for the big screen.

Mabeenah Wahwed, aged 13, from Fir Vale School said: “We explored different aspects of Gothic Literature and decided to move away from traditional vampires and zombies and depict a story about pixies in a magical land.

“Working with the students and the staff from the university is brilliant because we get to use our imagination.

“Talking to the students also means that we can find out about university life and what a degree in English could lead to career wise.”

Fellow Fir Vale School pupil Sabbah Hussain, 14, added: “We are all fans of Twilight and Gothic Literature is such an interesting subject.

“We are all really looking forward to watching our finished films at the screening next month. It will feel like a real movie premiere.”

Dr Angela Wright, senior lecturer in Romantic Literature, said: “The pupils are intrigued and captivated by Gothic Literature and it gives them the freedom to let their imaginations run wild. Their enthusiasm is wonderful and the stories created are magnificent.”

The Gothic Bites screening is open to the public and takes place at the Richard Roberts Auditorium, Leavygreave Road, on Wednesday, March 20, between 6pm and 8.30pm.

■ Email helena.ifill@sheffield.ac.uk to attend the screening.

 

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