A ghost story competition has launched which is inspired by a challenge laid down by Lord Byron 200 years ago.
In the Villa Diodati close to Lake Geneva in June 1816, Byron dared his travelling companions to write a ghost story. The result was a literary sensation — the birth of Frankenstein and the blood sucking vampire.
Commemorating this feat of imagination, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Centre now invite writers of all ages to produce their own ghost story.
The competition is inspired by two of the greatest creations in Gothic literature which grew out of that night in Switzerland — Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and John Polidori's 'The vampyre'.
Stories should be written to be heard, rather than read. Professional storytellers will perform the six winning entries before an audience at the National Library on Halloween as part of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
The closing date for entries is 5 September. Full details are on the Scottish Storytelling Centre website.
See also our competition press release
16 June 2016