Raising the dead: tales of Untold Lives

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An evening of Gothic horror-themed readings from tales inspired by people found in our collections

The British Library Untold Lives blog shares stories of people’s lives found in our collection, providing fascinating and unusual insights into the past and bringing out from the shadows lives that have been overlooked or forgotten. Writer Jamie Rhodes hosts an evening of Gothic horror-themed readings from his collection of short tales inspired by the people found in our collections. Jamie is joined by actors for dramatic performed readings of some of the Gothic tales.

  • Jamie Rhodes began his career writing for the screen and trained as a script-reader. He has written several short films, and taught screenwriting. In 2011 he founded a charity, The Homeless Film Festival, teaching writing and filmmaking workshops for homeless people, and then screening their short films in cinemas nationwide alongside major feature films. In 2013 Jamie began contributing to the Untold Lives blog. Inspired by the material found there he applied successfully to the Arts Council for funding to write a collection of short stories. The book Dead Men’s Teeth and Other Stories From Voices Past, based on the blog, will be launched at this event.

Dead Men’s Teeth has been funded by The Arts Council as part of a programme to promote emerging writers.

A young woman thrown into the macabre world of 19th-century dentistry; a ship’s surgeon aboard a diseased indenture vessel; a drug-addled Georgian aristocrat seeking love on the frozen Thames; a Cornish miner in the California gold rush. Just some of the weird and wonderful characters you will meet in this collection of tales inspired by the British Library archives.

In Dead Men's Teeth and Other Stories Jamie Rhodes has mined and minted gold from the British Library Archives. Inspired by sources as various as a ship's surgeon's log, verbatim interviews, diaries or even advertisements for false teeth, Rhodes gives us glimpses into unexpected places, the forgotten corners of history, in stories told with the authentic weirdness of truth; touching, quirky and humane."

Olivia Hetreed - Screenwriter, Girl with a Pearl Earring (film), Wuthering Heights - President of The Writers' Guild of Great Britain.


Name: Raising the dead: tales of Untold Lives
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