Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Monsters, real and imagined

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Think Human

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Harcourt Hill Campus


Immerse your students in bone-chilling fantasy, as we investigate accounts of vampires from the past, and think about the role of books and fiction in our lives.


The Truth about Vampires: A history of Misconceptions

11:00 - 12:00

Would you really know a vampire if you saw one? Join us to discover the truth behind the stereotype of these garlic-fearing, blood-sucking monsters.

Follow the vampire’s rise from little known folklore, to the centre of a vast entertainment industry. Come and explore why vampires attract our attention so much, and find out if historical accounts match up with the vampires you thought you knew.


Reading for Joy

13:00 - 15:00

Have you ever read a book you couldn’t put down? Was it a spy story, a classic or a gripping crime mystery? Or does reading feel more like a chore to you?

Join us to explore the delights of reading, and how we can enjoy it more. We’ll learn how to increase students’ love of reading through classroom environments and the way we talk about books.

Reading for Pleasure is a key educational agenda, but we’ve seen it slump in the past few years. Let’s rediscover the wonders of reading, and find a balance between fun, learning and success.