Share spooky stories with DMU Bookstore this Halloween

By Dan Ableson

Creative writing enthusiast are encouraged to show-off their skills in a spooky stand-up event to celebrate Halloween.

The DMU Bookshop, attached to Hugh Aston building on campus, is hosting an open-mic session for all students to showcase themselves and tell their most terrifying tales in front of a live audience.

Branch Manager Katie Parkin said: “We wanted to run an event to coincide with Halloween that would also engage with the students, so we thought an open-mic evening would be the perfect format.

“The Bookshop is a relatively unused space after hours and we wanted to start getting more involved with DMU students and start running more events that they can be a part of.”

The event, which takes place October 30, 6pm-9pm, will also feature local writer Daniel Ribot, who will be there to kick start the evening and promote his new book.

Miss Parkin continued: “One of our staff members is part of a writing group based in Leicester and her friend, Daniel Ribot, had just launched his new vampire inspired novel with their group, so we thought he would be a good speaker to start the night off. It will also showcase him as a writer and anyone else that wants to get their name out into the public eye.

“We are looking for a five-minute reading of their own work, with a brief explanation on what their piece is about, their inspiration, and why they chose that genre. We don’t really have any pre-conceived ideas, we just want funny and spooky stories to tell.”

This is the first time that the Bookshop has organised an event of this nature. In the past it has worked closely with university schemes such as Cultural Exchanges and book launches for local writers. It has come in time for the expansion of the shop’s fiction and popular non-fiction sections, as they try to attract people from all over the city to buy, not just students.

For further information on how to get involved, speak to a member of staff, or contact them via Facebook, Twitter or telephone.

Alternatively you can email: Bookshop@dmu.ac.uk.

Unique ghost hunt at ‘most haunted’ Belgrave Hall in Leicester

Belgrave Hall, one of Leicestershire’s most haunted buildings, will get even spookier this Halloween as it hosts a one-off ghost hunt.

The building, as seen on Living TV’s ‘Most Haunted’, is famous for it’s ghostly goings on, and will be taken over by a nationally renowned events company for the night.

On Saturday 31 October, Dusk Till Dawn Events will put on a ghost hunt at the hall, which will include Table Tipping and Glass Divination.

Nathan Gladwin, from Dusk Till Dawn event, said: “This really is ghost hunting at it’s best at such fantastic location.

“There will be full use of ghost hunting equipment, as well various experiments such as table tipping and glass divination.

“Bring along your cameras and any other recording equipment, because you never know, you may catch something on film.”

The building was built in 1709, and ghostly sightings have been reported at the hall for years.

In 1999, Belgrave Hall became famous throughout the world when two ghostly figures were recorded by security cameras in the gardens.

Other ghostly phenomena reported over the years is that of footsteps on the first floor landings and heavy doors shutting of their accord.

The ghost hunt, which will take place on the night of Halloween, promises to be a unique, and frightening, experience.

There will be vigils throughout the night in the most ghostly active parts of the location.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied by Dusk Till Dawn Events.

Nathan Gladwin said: “There may be no heating at the building, and it may be very very cold and very dark so we urge our guests to bring warm clothes and torches.

If you want to attend the event, you can book tickets on the Dusk Till Dawn website.