Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Literary Travel: The Bram Stoker Festival Dublin

Now in it's third year, The Bram Stoker Festival is one of the greatest Irish literary inspired events on the calender. The festival has a great mixture of events including; serious literary discussions, vampire films old and new, other worldly outdoor experiences, intimate theatrical displays and quirky family events. The festival panders to all tastes from hard core Bram Stoker fanatics to curious folks just looking to experience something new. 

Born in Clontarf, Bram Stoker is arguably the most influential Gothic author of all time. His creation, Count Dracula, is one of the most recognisable characters in popular culture. An enduring mythical creature much like the Easter Bunny - but with sharper teeth. 

The programme for the 2014 festival has yet to be released but be sure to keep an eye on for updates, as some events will have very limited tickets. But fear not! Dublin has a host of Bram Stoker related activities, things to do and places to visit year round, so get out a map and plan a Stoker Trail, perfect for a Sunday adventure. 

Here are some of our suggestions:
- Visit Trinity College, where Bram Stoker studied Mathematics between 1864-1870, Bram also excelled as an athlete on various Trinity sports teams.
- Take a trip to Clonarf to visit Castle Dracula, a Bram Stoker inspired evening time show with drama, comedy and magic. They also boast one the best collections of Stoker artefacts. 
- From there make the short walk to 15 Marino Crescent to see where Bram grew up and visit the Bram Cafe for a Dracula Burger. 
- At 225 Clontarf Road there is a Stoker/Dracula Museum that combines physical artefacts with live presentations for an all encompassing Stoker experience. 
-Visit St Ann's church on Dawson Street, the location of Bram's wedding to Florence Balcombe (who previously dated Oscar Wilde - oh the literary drama!) The church has a bust of Bram in his memory. 
- Visit Dublin Castle where Bram worked as a civil servant for many years. The impressive surrounds of the castle are thought to have greatly influenced Bram's writing. 

Where is you favourite Bram Stoker haunt? Keep up to date with the Bram Stoker Festival at @bramstokerdub

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