The Stoker Archives and Dracula
A Live, Illustrated Zoom Talk with historian Dr Sheila Cavanagh on Wednesday the 18th May 2022 at 7:00 pm

This lecture will take place virtually, via Zoom. Attendees may request a video recording after the lecture takes place by emailing proof of purchase to

In October last year, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia acquired what has been described as the world’s most comprehensive collection of rare materials highlighting the work of Bram Stoker, the 19th century Irish author best known for "Dracula". This Stoker archive is extensive, containing nearly 4,000 items including original letters, manuscripts, playbills, first editions, artwork, reference books and other primary source materials on spirits and vampirism that Stoker was known to have used as research for "Dracula".

In this online illustrated talk, Sheila Cavanagh, a senior lecturer at Emory will share the highlights of the collection revealing details of Stoker’s life as he wrote "Dracula" with emphasis on some of his source materials. She will further explain how the novel grew to have a wide influence on literacy, cinema and popular culture.

Tickets £5 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Dr Sheila Cavanagh
Dr. Sheila T. Cavanagh is Fulbright-Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair in the UK and Professor of English at Emory University. She is the founding director of the World Shakespeare Project and co-Director of “First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare”. Her other books includeWanton Eyes and Chaste Desires: Female Sexuality in the Faerie Queene and Cherished Torment: the Emotional Geography of Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania.

PLEASE NOTE - This talk will take place virtually via Zoom. Ticket sales will end at 5:00 pm BST on the day of the lecture. A link to the conference will be sent to the email used at checkout at 3:00 pm BST on the day of the event. Please email in the event your link fails to arrive.

Image credit - Bram Stoker's original manuscripts and letters. Courtesy of Emory University. Wellcome Collection.