It was after dark on Wednesday night. While most of campus was asleep, one student in Bob Sacha’s Multimedia Master Class was in Belfast, about to embark on a ghost tour.
Mariana is from Brazil. She came here for a workshop with the challenge of finding a compelling story, despite culture shock and a language barrier. When she got to Belfast, her original contact never showed. She was left with no plan, and nowhere to go. Then, serendipitously, she met Ted.
Ted owns a bar-b-q joint in town. He invited Mariana home to meet his wife, mother, neighbor, and an array of cats. When I arrived to meet them, Ted’s friend was playing the piano in his sitting room. Out of nowhere, Ted donned a top hat and leather trench coat, and invited us on his nightly ghost tour. At this point, I was speechless.
Walking through the fog with Ted that night as he animatedly described a series of murders and hauntings, I was terrified, but impressed. Mariana found her story, or better yet, the story seemed to have found her.
Image © Katherine Booth