Fantasy Worlds

Join us from January to March 2024 to explore the countless worlds that Fantasy brings us. 


Fantasy events and activities at The Hive

A variety of events, lecture presentations and talks about the genre of fantasy to engage and intrigue...


Lecture presentation: Limitless Imagination - How does our brain produce imagination? With Dr Mathieu Di Miceli

Tuesday 5 March, 7pm-8pm

Imagination is the faculty of forming new ideas or concepts outside of our immediate reality. This is believed to be the reason why humans have become the dominating specie on the planet. It is also the basis of fiction, whether printed or on-screen. In this interactive session, we will explore imagination and how neuroscience aims to decipher its neurological and psychological principles. We will also analyse how imagination can become a disease, such as in hypochondria, schizophrenia, or psychosis. 

Join the University of Worcester's Dr Mathieu Di Miceli for this exploration into the brain. Please bring a smartphone with you to take part in the interactive polling element of the talk. Polling will be anonymous and no data will be collected. Wifi is available to Worcestershire library card holders and University of Worcester students and staff - you can speak to a member of the team at The Hive to sign up for a free library card and access the wifi. 

Book your free place here.


Lecture presentation: Witchcraft and Children's Books with Profs Darren Oldridge and Jean Webb

Wednesday 27 March, 7pm-8pm

For centuries witchcraft has inspired fascination and fear - and also many kinds of entertainment. In this talk Profs Darren Oldridge and Jean Webb examine the history of witchcraft and its incorporation into modern fiction for children and young adults. As they reveal, the witch of children's literature has kept some of the qualities of her historical ancestors, but also undergone some magical transformations. 

Book your free place here.


British Library fantasy screening events at The Hive

To transport you to the world of fantasy, we are offering a variety of events screened from the British Library. 


Twenty First Century Tolkien 

Tuesday 12 March, 6pm-7:15pm

J. R. R. Tolkien is a colossal figure in fantasy fiction: His visionary creation Middle Earth and its inhabitants have captured the imagination of millions around the world. Nick Groom's book Twenty-First Century Tolkien: What Middle Earth Means to Us Today is an engaging and radical reinterpretation of the beloved author's work. 

Book your free place here.


The Realms of Ursula K Le Guin

Tuesday 19 March, 6pm-7:30pm

A gathering of the great writer's kith and kin. Few writers enjoy the loyalty that Ursula K Le Guin inspired in her generations of readers. Join Theo Downes Le Guin, Ursula's son and literary executor, Julie Phillips, her biographer, and writer Nicola Griffiths for an evening of appreciation and exploration.

Book your free place here.


Black to the Future presents The Other in Fantasy

Tuesday 26 March, 6pm-7:30pm

Exploring representation in fantasy.

Book your free place here.