The poppy was adopted in 1921 as the official symbol of the Royal British Legion, to be worn in honour of those who died in World War I. This illustrated talk discusses the visual and cultural history of the poppy, exploring its role and meanings in paintings, poetry and commemoration.
Tickets £4/ £2 from the Lit & Phil
From wild and remote landscapes to vulnerable heroines; from violent and erotic fantasies to supernatural and uncanny happenings, Dr Gail-Nina Anderson explores the key motifs of her favourite Gothic fiction, and how these works reflect the political, social and cultural contexts in which they were written.
Gothic literature is a popular field for avid book collectors. This afternoon also features a panel of collectors of the weird, the supernatural and more, to answer questions, talk about their literary passions, and show some fine examples of the genre.
Tickets £5 / £3 - a Books on Tyne event.
And don't miss Gail's return appearance at the Festival's closing event, in conversation with Val McDermid on Sunday 30th November.
Rest of 2014 programme, with three more themed mini-series of lectures - portraiture, sculpture and illuminating the darkness, and three Sunday study days.
Where might you find a mermaid advertising deodorant, a picture of a paella or a 3-D view of the Lourdes grotto? If you missed the free exhibition, curated by Gail-Nina Anderson, at the Lit & Phil this summer, you can see what you've missed in The Postcard: A Voyage of Discovery elsewhere on this site. And isn't that what postcards are all about?
Last update: 17th October 2014.