GHost is delighted to present a night of talks, story telling and performances for the Inspiral London Night Walking Festival 2018
April 20, 19.00 – 21.00 (doors 18.30 talks start at 19.00)
Gravesham Art Centre, St Andrew’s Chapel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2BD
(Trains from St Pancras International and London Bridge to Gravesend run every 15 minutes and until late)
How to do the Ghost Walk – introduction by Sarah Sparkes
Wandering Ghosts – talk by Scott Wood
Missing Billy – story-telling by Giles Abbott
VAPOUR – performance by Breathing Space Collective
Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspiral-ghost-hostings-19-ghosts-and-spirites-walking-by-nyght-tickets-43511526146
Kent is reputed to be one of the most haunted counties in the UK, with numerous historical and contemporary accounts of ghosts, ‘walking abroad’ at night. In response to the Inspiral London Night Walking Festival of North Kent, GHost Hostings 19, will explore the idea of ghosts as a night walking phenomena. We will introduce you to some infamous Kent ghost and other weird folk tales. We will also entertain and educate you with explorations of ghosts and their movements in a wider context.
Our venue for the night is the amazing Gravesham arts Centre, located in St Andrews, an 18th century mission built into the banks of the Thames. The mission is a memorial to Rear Admiral Francis Beaufort the inventor of the Beaufort Scale. Charles Dickens gave money for its construction.
The Inspiral London festival of nocturnal walking, offers 4 days of curated walks, art, talks and exploration across North Kent starting at the end /beginning of the Inspiral Trail. By reimagining the long-distance night walks of Dickens – from central London to Gads Hill – Inspiral takes you on a journey of wild, ludic and untrammelled adventure..
How to do the Ghost Walk – Sarah Sparkes
Host Sarah Sparkes introduces the GHost Hostings including a brief look at how ghosts walk with some historical and contemporary illustrations and demonstrations.
Wandering Ghosts – Scott Wood
“I am pursued by phantom footsteps.” Elliott O’Donnell – Twenty Years’ Experience as a Ghost Hunter 1916
Modern ghosts stay put. They haunt places that were important to their life or death. From the screaming ghost of a cosmopolitan woman at Kings Cross station to shadows in the hallway of a flat in St Patrick’s Gardens, Gravesend there are haunted places everywhere.
But in the darker past the ghosts of damned souls charged through the night in impossible forms attacking travelers and lost innocents traveled in the form of spectral hounds or wrapped in the tatters of their shrouds. The ghost of a spoon-stealing canon of Newburgh seeks absolution and the unbaptised spirit of a knight’s child seeks entry into the church.
The procession of the Hellequins Hunt process through the forests whilst dark riders and black dogs stalk the medieval night.
Join writer and folklorist Scott Wood through the journeys of the haunted places and lost souls of the landscape.“…the souls of the bad, that are compelled to wander about such places paying for their former nurturing..” Plato Phaedo
Scott Wood is the author of London Urban Legends: The Corpse on the Tube and a contributor to Ghosts, Spirits, and Psychics: The Paranormal from Alchemy to Zombies, The Folklore of London and Londonist Mapped. He runs walking tours of London under the guise of Haunt London and is the host and co-organisor of the London Fortean Society.
Missing Billy – Giles Abbott
You like a Ghost story? You like a Love Story? This is both! Come join us for a vivid, dramatic story of the trials of love, the veils of life and the difficulty of letting go.
Giles Abbott is the UK’s only blind professional storyteller whose career has taken in standing ovations in Delhi, advising national museums in London, satirical storytelling inside the House Of Commons and love stories in a hot tub! His storytelling is distinguished by his commanding presence, his poetic language and ‘a voice like melted chocolate!”
VAPOUR – Breathing Space Collective
‘…to join their voices with the voicing of the waves… intoned in low tremulous unmeasured cadences like the moving and moaning, the soughing and the sighing, of the ever-murmuring sea on their own wild shores’ Alexander Carmichael, as quoted in Soil and Soul, Alistair McIntosh
Water is a spectral form, fluid, ever changing and unknowable, It wanders and meanders, flowing through us all, holding memory and many voices.
We call out to the ever-murmuring sea, uniting with its voice as we re-sound our surroundings and invite the audience to join us.
A piece for live and recorded voice, radio, piano and cello. As some members of the collective perform from distant shores we ask ourselves; how can we connect with disembodied realities? How can we make sense of sounds we hear but cannot see? What shape is a voice when not with a body?
We are a five-piece collective who create site-responsive sound works outside the traditional performance space. Our work fuses voice, site and experimental instrumentation. We’ve created original work for the grand staircase at the Royal Academy of Art (HERD, 2015, Burlington Gardens festival), the High Tide Organ in Blackpool (RISE, Other Worlds festival 2016), the stairwell at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (CARE! OBJECT BENEATH for SuperSonic, 2017), St Augustine’s Tower in London (TIME: a sonic vigil) and a 15th century church in Portugal (Unearth/desenterra, MIA festival 2016).
Breathing Space is Lou Barnell, Melaina Barnes, Stephen Shiell, Hannah White and Phoebe Wright-Spinks, with guest cellist Ian Thompson.
GHost Hostings 19: Ghosts and Spirites Walking by Nyght takes its title from a 16th century book on ghosts and demonology, De Spectris, lemuribus et Magnis Atque Insolitis Fragoribus, by Swiss theologian Ludwig Lavater.