Leeds Beckett academic to speak at Bradford Literature Festival
13 June 2019
Leeds Beckett Professor Karl Spracklen will speak alongside a line-up of internationally-recognised writers, academics and thinkers at this year’s Bradford Literature Festival in July.
In a 75-minute talk entitled ‘Origins of the Outsiders: The New Goths’, Karl will discuss how the goth movement has changed through time, along with its current place in society.
He will also be joined on stage by Rosie Garland, the lead singer of gothic rock band The March Violets and Laura Ager, the organiser of the Gothic Manchester Festival for the discussion.
Previously, Karl has written and spoken at length about the subject, and co-authored a book, The Evolution of Goth Culture, which was released last year.
He said: “Speaking at the Bradford Literature Festival is a great honour. The city, like Leeds, was a key location in the construction of goth music and goth culture.
“But our research is more than nostalgia, it is about how goth survives and continues to evolve even if is under threat.”
The discussion, which will take place at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 6 July, is part of a packed 10-day programme that includes seminars, Q&As, music shows and poetry sessions taking place across the city.
Speakers at this year’s event include footballer John Barnes, author and broadcaster Lemn Sissay and George the Poet.
Tickets are still available for ‘Origins of the Outsiders’ and can be bought here.