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On Hallowe’en evening, join students of English, NUI Galway, for a dramatised reading of selections from Frankenstein. Shelley’s sleepless vision of a ‘hideous phantasm of a man’ animated by occult means has unnerved readers since its publication in 1818. The novel tells its uncanny story from a number of perspectives: the man who brings life to an assemblage of body parts, and who is haunted and undone by his presumption, and the narrative told by his ill-begotten and outcast progeny, a humanoid creature and so-called ‘monster’. Both are ravaged by loneliness and tormented by what it means to have given life, and by what it means to live unwanted. Students bring to life Shelley’s words in this reading, reimagining the ultimate ghost story on the spookiest night of the year.

Frankenreads NUIG is a branch of Frankenreads, the international celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the novel for Halloween 2018 organised by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. It is also part of the EXPLORE initiative at NUI Galway, where students and staff collaborate to deliver their innovative ideas and projects. Featuring staff and students from English, Frankenreads is also supported by the university’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Fund and by the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies.