The Mary Shelley Symposium at the Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival is a series of talks and discussions around genre and gender, featuring experts and academics, artists and filmmakers. The Symposium honours one of the greatest and most influential women in horror, the novelist Mary Shelley.

Many symposium events are free to attend, see individual event pages for details.

Thursday 7 March, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
VOICES IN HER HEAD: Writing Drama for Audio Production
Hilary Bell

The radio play is dead…. or is it? The new world of podcasting has opened up an eager worldwide audience for audio-only drama content.

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Friday 8 March, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Jazmina Cininas

In creating a portrait gallery of female werewolves Jazmina’s aim is to expand existing visual mythographies of the female werewolf, drawing attention to the generally overlooked literary and historical narratives of female lycanthropy and the role of the feminine in the evolution of werewolf lore.

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Saturday 9 March, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
ZOMBOLETTE AND ME: A Brief Introduction to the Art of Making Comics
Scarlette Baccini

Learn the basics of the medium with indie comic creator Scarlette Baccini, who will talk about her process, and discuss how to build tension and atmosphere in horror comics.

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Saturday 9 March, 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
 ANATOMY OF A MONSTER: From Script to Screen
Steve Boyle

Steve will take participants through the process of working from the script, designing and building creature effects, to the final sequences in the film, using clips and images from his films as examples.

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Sunday 10 March, 11:00 am
BEAUTIFUL HANDS: Rehearsed reading of a radio play

by Hilary Bell

As the month slowly goes by, Charlotte becomes more and more convinced that she is not alone with the yellow wallpaper in her room.

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Sunday 10 March, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Female Villains and Monsters in 30 Years of Dr Who
Tansy Rayner Roberts

What are the secrets to creating complex, original monsters that aren’t played or voiced by male actors?

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Sunday 10 March, 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Stop-motion animation and character design
Isabel Peppard

Isabel will explain her authentic, painstaking stop-motion process, using finely crafted sets and characters and complex moving parts.
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