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Ghost Stories for Christmas

Join ArtsGroupie & Thingwall Players for a Chilling Evening of Traditional Ghost Stories

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About Ghost Stories for Christmas

The Christmas tradition of Ghost Stories

Like most longstanding cultural customs, the precise origin of telling ghost stories at the end of the year is unknown, largely because it began as an oral tradition without written records. But, according to Sara Cleto, a folklorist specializing in British literature and co-founder of The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, the season around winter solstice, has been one of transition and change. “For a very, very, very long time, [the season] has provoked oral stories about spooky things in many different countries and cultures all over the world,” she says.
Furthermore, spooky storytelling gave people something to do during the long, dark evenings before electricity. “The long midwinter nights meant folks had to stop working early, and they spent their leisure hours huddled close to the fire,” says Tara Moore, an assistant professor of English at Elizabethtown College, author of Victorian Christmas in Print, and editor of The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories. “Plus, you didn’t need to be literate to retell the local ghost story.”

The Ghost Stories for Christmas Story

Late December, ArtsGroupie and Thingwall Players chill the air with a selection of ghost stories for Xmas. In the tradition of M.R James, Susan Hill and Charles Dickens, we invite you to pull up a chair and engage in one of the oldest festive traditions, sharing a classic ghost story. New material and a traditional classic will be read alout in two fabulous locations, Thingwall Community Centre in the historic Wavertree Garden Suburb and the Hornby Room, Central Library
Exorcise you Xmas spirit, tickets just £7.

“I grew up watching the BBC adaptations of Ghost Stories for Xmas, which drew me to the work of M.R James. Nothing quite matches hearing a story being read aloud, pure classic storytelling. In an era where visual green screens can manifest all manner of horrors, I still feel nothing can chill more than your own imagination. ArtsGroupie have led several reading groups and there is something really magical about sharing a story as a community and we cannot wait to engage in this traditional form.”

John Maguire, ArtsGroupie CIC

“There’s something about a cold, dark night that makes me want to tell some ghost stories. Whilst the BBC’s seminal adaptions of M.R. James’ ghost stories were a huge influence, I grew up on late night repeats of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. These fantastic storytellers share the trait of weaving horror and fantasy in to short morality plays that haunted the viewer for long nights afterward! I’m excited to be part of this passion project and hope it encourages many more people to tell scary stories in the dark.”

David Griffiths, Thingwall Players

Thingwall Players

Thingwall Players is a community theatre company based in the Grade 2 listed Thingwall Community Centre in Wavertree Garden Suburb. The theatre group has a 70 year history of performances in the building. Their recent adaption of George Orwell’s 1984 was a critical success. Their last foray in to spoken word was a Liverpool centric radio adaption of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Thingwall Players Facebook page

The Hornby Library

The Hornby Library is a grade II* listed building on William Brown Street, Liverpool, England which now forms part of the Liverpool Central Library. Chairman of the William Brown Library and Museum Sir James Picton laid the foundation stone of the Picton Reading Room in 1875. It was designed by Cornelius Sherlock, and modelled after the British Museum Reading Room, and was the first electrically lit library in the UK. It was completed in 1879. The front is semi-circular with Corinthian columns, and the shape was chosen by the architect to cover the change in the axis of the row of buildings at this point. The Hornby Reading Room named after Hugh Frederick Hornby by Thomas Shelmerdine was added in 1906. It stands behind the older building and the interior is decorated in the Edwardian Imperial style. Liverpool Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in Liverpool, England, situated in the centre of the city.  The Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library Wiki

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Tickets Available Now

Tuesday 13th December at 7:30pm – Thingwall Community Centre
Thursday 15th December at 4pm and 6:30pm – The Hornby Room, Liverpool Central Library

Ticket Price:

£ 7.00

Start Date:

December 13, 2022 7:30 pm

Last Performance:

December 15, 2022 4:00 pm


The Hornby Library
William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW



Thingwall Community Centre
Wavertree Garden Suburb Institute, 149 Thingwall Rd, Liverpool L15 7JX