This year, we have three spectacularly spooky events to get involved with – our Ghostly Town Walk of Launceston, a Horror Writing Workshop led by author Polly Hall, and a children’s creative drop-in workshop led by writer Sam Horton. So dust the cobwebs off your finest quill, jump on your broomstick and get into the ghoulish spirit to celebrate Halloween with us.
A Ghostly Town Walk of Launceston (Sold out)
Join Karin Beasant (from the Jamaica Inn paranormal team) for a walk exploring Launceston and its history. The event will feature the following locations: Launceston Town Square (where Karin will tell the story of Cuthbert Mayne), The White Hart, Chings Alley, South Gate Arch, Dockacre House, Lawrence House, Eagle House Hotel, the old Launceston prison by the entrance to Launceston Castle, and Launceston Town Hall. The event will be a fun and informative walk, though may not be suitable for young ears!
Friday 27th September
6pm start from outside Merchant House in the Town Square
Horror Writing Workshop with Polly Hall
Polly Hall, the award-winning author of The Taxidermist’s Lover, invites you to exorcise your inner demons via pen & paper in this fun horror writing workshop. We will create monstrous characters, conjure up spooky settings, evoke atmosphere through descriptive writing, visit horror tropes such as the haunted house and the isolated moorland. Come prepared to splurge your deepest fears and grotesque thoughts onto the page…
No previous experience required. Bring a pen, notebook and your wicked imagination! This workshop will involve some subjects that may cause offence. It’s the horror genre, after all! If you are of a sensitive disposition this may not be the workshop for you. 18+ attendees only.
This event will take place at a Launceston town centre location (tbc)
Polly Hall is an author and poet. Her debut novel, The Taxidermist’s Lover, was featured in the New York Times, a Finalist in the Bram Stoker Awards and won Gold at the IPPY Awards. Her second psychological horror novel, Myrrh, is out in 2024 with Titan Books. She wrote a memoir, Blood and Blood, during lockdown which was shortlisted for the Mslexia Memoir Prize. Her writing has been published in, A Wild and Precious Life anthology, Bath Flash Fiction, Earth Pathways Calendars and commissioned as part of interdisciplinary arts projects such as Luke Jerram’s Bread Poetry and The Gleaning. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and a PGCE. She lives next to a cider factory in Somerset, England with her cat, Vishnu.
Secure your ticket, here.
Saturday 28th October
10 am – 1pm
Central location, Launceston town centre (tbc)
Polly Hall will also be leading the following workshops:
25 October at Hypatia Trust
26 October at The Writers’ Block. See here.
What’s in the box?! Children’s creative drop-in workshop with Sam Horton
Join us and write about the spooky things inside the box! What could it be? A pumpkin, a potion, or finger food for three…
Saturday 28th October, 2-4pm
Merchant House, 11a High Street, Launceston, PL15 8ER
The Causley Trust need your support right now. The current climate for small arts organisations, amidst major funding cuts, means that the future of the Trust is at risk. By attending these events, and through making a donation, you will help preserve both Charles Causley’s legacy and support our future work.