#shelleyfest200 celebrates the incredible shared heritage of Boscombe in poet, radical and free-thinker Percy Byshhe Shelley who died on 8th July 1822, whose son, Percy, founded a school in Boscombe (now The Old School House) and whose heart is buried in St. Peter’s Church, Bournemouth.

#shelleyfest200 explores Shelley’s celebration of the natural world, Shelley as neurodivergent creative and finally the haunting and premonitions he experienced throughout his life.


We are looking for short films themed around the sea, haunting, apparitions, and the supernatural to be scored live throughout the tour.

We are looking for stories (see Tales for the Longest Night below).

We are looking for families to help us create our diorama cinema and to become live score performers!

A unique workshop/ installation created with graphic novelist Hannah Eaton in which families add their own “diorama rooms” to a miniature plywood house hidden within a film projector, explored using a smartphone camera/ projections, with live narration by participants and live score / FX.

A special event inspired by haunting, apparitions and the otherworldly, with live musical accompaniment to your tales! Over Autumn 2021, we are collecting tales of apparition, haunting, local lore and legend from you. We will be presenting these recordings as part of special events over the Winter months featuring our world-class folk performers on harp, concertina, viola and the ethereal aquaphone. Please get in touch for how to contribute.

Over Winter/ early Spring, we embark on a series of ambitious live score / FX workshops with family audiences and aspiring musicians. From Jan-March we are working with CODA Fiddle Orchestra at the Boscombe Arts Depot (BAD) in preparation for a live score programme at our Bicentennial #shelleyfest200 event on April 2nd.

Please get in touch!