BE prepared to be spooked when the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in Greenmount hosts its hair-raising ghost story competition and spooky stories awards night.
The heritage-listed property is rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of its former owners, author Katharine Susannah Prichard (died 1969) and Gallipoli hero Hugo Throssell (died 1933), who both died at the property on Old York Road.
Centre chairwoman Tabetha Beggs said Alice Pung, bestselling author of Unpolished Gem and former writer-in-residence at the centre, heard steady footsteps walking up and down the polished wooden floorboards of the house during her stay.
Ms Beggs said the centre’s history and its eerie old building surrounds provided the ideal setting for ghostly readings.
“The ghost story competition was first launched in 2016 and we were taken aback by the huge community turnout in the first year and it continues to be popular,” Ms Beggs said.
The competition is free to enter and each year has a loose theme.
The theme for 2018 is ‘night’ and the deadline is – naturally – Friday, July 13.