Monday, 8 February 2016

Snatch that body!

We are delighted to welcome, as part of the fringe events for Newcastle Noir, Snatch that body, a talk by Gail-Nina Anderson on Wednesday 27 April at 6 pm. And it's free!!!

In 1884, as a suitably seasonal tale, the Pall Mall Christmas Extra magazine published “The Body Snatcher” by Robert Louis Stevenson. A fiction with its roots in historical fact, the story is centred on the grisly practice of stealing freshly buried corpses for medical dissection. From such an august example, this (not too grisly) talk discusses the phenomenon of body-snatching as it has been fictionalised in literature and film, from the aspects of social history and burial practice, in relation to such real-life practitioners as Burke and Hare, and as the source for a flourishing growth of urban legends.

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