Alice in Gothic Land
Language and literary consultant, innate researcher and Gothic guide
My name is Alicia and I have been teaching since I can remember. I started helping my friends with their English at college and soon I earned my own pocket money. People recommended me because of my personal way of delivering the lessons. My sister still remembers when I helped her with her Philosophy exams as a whole new experience.
My passion for the English language and culture took me to live in the land of Shakespeare for 3 and half years where I worked, obtained my Certificate of Proficiency in English from Cambridge University and met my husband, who is my right hand, unconditional support and life companion.
In 2009, I graduated in English Philology from the University of Barcelona and in 2011 we opened a language school in Gelida, where we currently live with our 2 boys (Sam, 6 and John, 10), 2 cats, 3 birds and a guinea pig.
My mid-life crisis made me reconsider my career. For most of my life I had been doing one of the things I loved the most: teaching English as a Second Language. But the constant changes in the market together with all the side effects of working in a remote little village made me want to retake my Gothic writing and investigation.
My husband's Ictus in 2018 drew a line in my perception of life and in a cathartic awakening I opened a Twitter page and started embracing my writing journey.
Nowadays we run our language and literary business one hundred per cent online under the name Alice In Gothic Land.
When did I become Gothic?
I’ve had a Gothic soul all my life, but it took my degree in English Philology for me to realise that everything I liked was Gothic: literature, films, music, buildings, clothes and folklore. After graduation, I was made to choose between language and literature, and as the options of doing a Gothic degree in Spain were non-existent, I decided to continue working and teaching the language while I carried on learning more about the Gothic in my spare time.
I've been punctually participating as a guest speaker on the radio programme “Estudio Oculto“, since 2019 and on "Royal Docks Activities Hub" since 2020 where I talk about English-Spanish Gothic literature, ghosts and the uncanny.
The Writing Journey
I was only 8 when I first started writing a diary, and I haven’t stopped since.
Whenever I have an idea, I have to write it down on scrap paper, in a notebook, on the margins of my books or my phone!
Mastering the skills of writing can take time, and even more so when English is your second or third language.
In 2001, I was told by my A-level English teacher that despite some language improvements I wrote like a writer so I kept writing for myself. I have now two full folders with notes and research as well as many dozens of documents in my computer.
In 2010 I started an online comprehensive writing course with The Writers’ Bureau, where I received great encouragement to send my writings to publishers. But my first son was born and life’s priorities took over, including the language school business.
I became more serious about writing professionally in 2018 after my husband’s health took a hit. This made me realise not only how cathartic was to write but also about how my experiences and thoughts could help others.
I am currently working on my first book with the encouragment and support from my friend and writer Tracy Fahey and also writer and publisher Justin Park from the Sinister Horror Company, whose books I keep recommending to all my students.
How can the Gothic help you?
Gothic writing and literature has helped me to overcome the difficult times of my life and it has opened many doors.
You can also benefit from the Gothic by reading texts that will give you deep knowledge of the unconscious mind at different historical times.
If you like writing stories, the Gothic will help you explore the uncanny and otherness through a great variety of symbols, motifs, tropes and characters.
Gothic is still very much alive, and is the perfect place for modern discourses on gender, psychoanalysis, health and body, politics and the monsters of the mind.
I can help you find your own Gothic voice while learning to develop your critical thinking and improving your communication skills.
If you have a passion for all things Gothic, and you have only just started your journey, this is the place for you.