First and foremost : A huge thank you to all the wonderful people I met, interviewed, chatted with, photographed and spent time with in Whitby, London, Manchester, Vancouver and all the other stops along the way. It was brilliant to meet so many folks who were willing to share their stories and be part of this project – thank you for donating your time to my research.
I owe particular thanks to the people I spoke with in Whitby at both the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the Whitby Goth Weekend. Thank you for giving up valuable festival time to talk with me about your experiences in the Goth Subculture.
I truly appreciate the efforts you made to fit this project into your schedule. Your honesty, good humour, acceptance, generosity and integrity is a rare and wonderful thing and your contributions are greatly valued.
From a research perspective, the weeks in Whitby are critical to the data-gathering phase of my study and time spent there has generated material which I will draw on throughout my project including lots of fantastic conversations and visuals.
From a personal perspective, the trip was hugely inspiring and has renewed my commitment to pursue this research and to write about the Goth subculture.
At a time when so much energy seems to be devoted to writing about societal division it is of some comfort to be reflecting on experiences of belonging.
Where to from here?
For the immediate future, I am working through the data I amassed overseas and writing up my notes.
Then, it is time for the Australian contingent!
I will be scheduling interviews in Australia over the next few months, and will reopen the Australian survey to correspond with these interviews.
Once again, thank you to everyone who has contributed to and supported this research.