The Seventh Room

Absent But Not Forgotten will be manifesting at Abertoir Horror Film Festival this year! The project will be split between two spaces in Aberystwyth Arts Centre where the festival is held over 6 days. The Box will feature interview footage about the ghosts and stories of the area. The Studio will become an installation which uses sound and footage from our visits to Aberystwyth along with textiles and objects to create an immersive experience which explores the world of the paranormal, truth and fiction.

On Friday we spent the day with novelist Niall Griffiths who lives in the hills near Aberystwyth and wrote the guide book Real Aberystwyth. He very kindly took us to some of the significant locations in the area and seriously spooked us with the stories and legends that haunt the villages, mountains and woods.

We followed this with a visit to Nanteos Mansion, just outside Aberystwyth and chatted to caretaker Paul about his experiences and the stories that are linked to this Georgian house built in 1738 by William Powell. Paul is not convinced by the voracity of the traditional stories, but has had a few odd experiences in his 6 years at the property. He also told us some contemporary anecdotes about the ghost hunters that have visited to investigate Nanteos and caused more problems than the spooks they were looking for…