A FESTIVAL to celebrate the story of Frankenstein created by an author buried in Bournemouth has received funding from The Big Lottery.

Events planned for the Shelley Frankenstein Family Festival, which will take place in November, include a live art mural of Frankenstein's monster, a pop-up museum, immersive workshops in schools, flashmob, street performances and a parade.

Mary Shelley is buried in a tomb at St Peter's Church in Bournemouth town centre, along with the heart of her husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Cary Lightfoot, founder and project manager of Creative Kids, a Boscombe-based arts education charity which works with deprived families, said that they have now received a grant The Big Lottery Celebrate Fund to stage the event.

She added: "We are working in partnership with the Sovereign Shopping Centre, The Bell Public House, The Shelley Theatre Trust, The Shelley Trust, Bournemouth Libraries and Bournemouth University to deliver a Bournemouth-wide event together.

"Our aim is to celebrate the legacy of literary icon, Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein and her connection and legacy to the local area and explore what it means to the children of Boscombe, residents and the wider artistic community.

"We plan to do this with a month-long family festival which will include recreating a popular parade of the 1930's, when thousands of tourists flocked to our little sea side town of Boscombe to witness a moving spectacle of music, costume, dance and performing arts."

Cary went on to say that the parade will take place on Saturday, November 19 heading from Pokesdown to Boscombe shopping precinct to join the existing Christmas parade. She added that the main event will be included in the Arts by the Sea Festival programme.

Talking about other activities planned as part of the event, she said: "The Shelley Trust are planning a pop-up Shelley Museum in the Sovereign Centre which will give the public an insight into the history of the Shelley legacy. It will include art installations by professional artists and an exhibition of art work created by children from nine local schools.

"We will recruit 10 actors to perform vignettes dressed as Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Sir Percy Florence Shelley and characters from the novel to entertain, engage and inform the public."

She said that they will be recruiting 100 volunteers to help at the festival and a host of micro-events will be held in the lead-up to the parade to engage the community.