The 'Bram Stoker Festival' takes place in Dublin this weekend, 26 - 28th October, celebrating the life and work of horror novelist Bram Stoker.

Dubliner Bram Stoker (1847 - 1912) is best known as the writer of 'Dracula'. The three day festival is a celebration of literature, theatre, and cinema with events taking place around the capital. For full details on events, visit

To coincide with the festival, RTÉ Archives takes a look back to 'Echo Island' in 1996. Presenter Dara Ó Briain, in Halloween costume, hears all about Bram Stoker and his creation Dracula from Denis McIntyre of the Bram Stoker Project. This is followed by a reading by Charlotte Bradley of an extract from Dracula.

'Echo Island' was a young people's programme broadcast on RTÉ Network 2 from 1994 to 1999. This episode was broadcast on 31 October, 1996.

For more on Dracula and Halloween, visit the Halloween Exhibition on RTÉ Archives.