To celebrate launch Dr Martin Arnold’s new cultural history of dragons, The Dragon: Fear and Power, a free launch event is being held at Scarborough Castle on Saturday 23 June, 5.30 – 8PM.

The event promises to be a must-attend event for dragon fans, with not only a book signing, but a host of free entertainment and activities for the whole family. These include an illustrated dragon talk, dragon poetry, live music and even a children’s dragon art and poetry competition. The programme also boosts a ‘dragon procession’, ‘dragon fire’ and even a ‘free glass of Dragon Blood’.

You can book a free ticket on the launch’s eventbrite page, which also enters you into a prize draw to win a signed copy of the book. If you are planning on going make sure you check out the FAQs section of the eventbrite page, which has useful information on parking and dressing for the coastal weather.

Dr Martin Arnold

To find out more about The Dragon: Fear and Power visit the The University of Chicago Press page. According to their description of the book:

“In this fiery cultural history, Martin Arnold asks how these unifying impulses can be explained. Are they owed to our need to impose order on chaos in the form of a dragon-slaying hero? Is it our terror of nature, writ large, unleashed in its most destructive form? Or is the dragon nothing less than an expression of that greatest and most disturbing mystery of all: our mortality? Tracing the history of ideas about dragons from the earliest of times to Game of Thrones, Arnold explores exactly what it might be that calls forth such creatures from the darkest corners of our collective imagination.”