So what is folk horror? It isn't an easy thing to define, and as artist, writer and creator of the Folk Horror Revival project, Andy Paciorek explained, nor should it be - for to define it too rigidly might stifle it in its infancy (other genres could take note of this!). In the programme for yesterday's event, Jim Peters (FHR administrator & Collection Manager at the British Museum) suggested that the folk horror revival movement in particular is there "to assist us all in the reawakening and reinterpretation of those ideas and traditions that have informed the darker wyrd of our folkloric past". There are links to landscape, to mood, to a change, to a summoning. It is something that is a feeling as much as anything else; and it can be evoked by art, literature, film and music.
Also very interesting was Adam Scovell's presentation on Analogue Hauntings. Adam is a writer and filmmaker who creates some very interesting work, much of it on super8 film. Again, a lot of what I saw is likely to influence any videos I create for music in the future.
Sadly, by the time I got to Treadwells bookshop, ALL of the books from the FHR team had sold out, though at least I was able to pick up the Black Meadow soundtrack to supplement the books I already have on that. Definitely a measure of the success of the event.
Next week look out for FHR Blog part 2: LM's Week of Wanders as I travel the country in search of landscape. I suspect I may find a bit...