The Snow Witch Transmedia Story

Taking as our inspiration the characters and story world in the The Snow Witch, a novel by Portsmouth author Matt Wingett, we set out to tell a new, expanded story. We came up with a new tale and we called it the Cursed City – Dark Tide.

The Story

Cursed City – Dark Tide

A restless spirit of a murdered women hunts for victims in a quiet seaside town.

Janey’s spirit is vengeful, angry and spiteful. Having died traumatically, she cannot leave this place and seeks to wreak her vengeance on the town and its population. She is become Onryō, the most dreaded of spirits whose vengeance is indiscriminate, making no distinction as to whom it targets. Donitza holds the key to this tragic story having discovered the truth behind Janey’s disappearance through her own encounters with the denizens of this seaside town. A traveller and a witch from eastern Europe she is fleeing her own traumas. She can weave a spell to release the Onryō but will need the component parts to make her magical potions, and to sing her incantations. Led on by the mysterious street artist #Lissitch, can you, the audience solve the riddle and provide Donitza with the materials she needs to release the Onryō?

The Novel

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The Snow Witch, A Portsmouth Novel – by Matt Wingett

A woman on the run arrives in a British seaside town, a refugee from a horrifying past. Trapped by a freak blizzard, she finds unexpected kindness from the locals – except for one man who seems hellbent on possessing or destroying her. Unable to leave the icebound city, she is drawn into the lives of its people, whose stories force her to face her own cruel past.

What is she running from? What dark secret does she carry with her? – And how can she escape it if she won’t acknowledge it exists?

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About Us


The team behind this project is drawn from artists, writers and media creatives from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. The project is financially supported by the Arts Council England.