We host a year-round programme of meetings and events – many of which are open to everyone.
10.30 am AGM
11.30 am The Daphne Carrick Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Helen MacEwan,
Helen is translator and former teacher, she has lived in Brussels since 2004. She is the author of The Brontës in Brussels’ (2014),’Down the Belliard Steps: Discovering the Brontës in Brussels’ (2012).
Her most recent book, ‘Winifred Gérin: Biographer of the Brontës’ (2015), tells the hitherto unknown life story of the Brontë biographer Winifred Gérin (1901-81), drawing on her unpublished memoir and letters. Gérin wrote biographies of all four Brontë siblings while living in Haworth and also a biography of Elizabeth Gaskell. Her life of Charlotte Brontë was the most comprehensive one since Elizabeth Gaskell’s a century earlier.
12.45pm approx. Lunch
2.15pm. Elizabeth Gaskell and her Illustrators, an illustrated talk by Emma Marigliano, librarian at the Portico Library.. Emma writes:
The mid-nineteenth century is widely acknowledged as being the hey-day of Victorian book illustration. The publishers, in particular, quickly realised that a picture spoke a thousand words and, consequently, commissioned artists and illustrators to speak them.One, therefore, has to wonder why the descriptive and dramatic tales that Elizabeth Gaskell wrote were so rarely adorned by the illustrators of the day. In fact there were no illustrated editions of her work until the very end of her career with the serial publication and illustration of Cousin Phyllis and Wives and Daughters in the ‘Cornhill Magazine’. George du Maurier is closely linked with the earliest illustrated Gaskell novels but many have followed since then – Birkett Foster,, Joan Hassall, and Alexy Pendle and more. Gaskell’s popularity on the silver and small screens have stirred up a visual interest in the novels that was never experienced in her lifetime.
All are welcome to the talks and the lunch
Cost :members £15 with lunch. Talks only: £7.50
Non-members £17.50 with lunch Talks only: £10
N.B. Timings are as above and not as on the booking form.