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Introduction to Elizabeth Gaskell’s Novels: Mary Barton

There is always a pleasure in unravelling a mystery, in catching at the gossamer clue which will guide to certainty.

Elizabeth Gaskell, from ‘Mary Barton’

If you’ve always wanted to read an Elizabeth Gaskell novel, but haven’t quite got round to it, or feel a bit intimidated, then this is for you.

Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel and is the best starting point for a new reader. It’s both a love story and an expose of Manchester life in the 1840s, by someone who knew all about it.

In this session, you’ll find out why Elizabeth Gaskell chose to write the novel, what her inspiration was, and what was going on in her life at the time. You’ll get a chance to hear and read some extracts from the novel, to discuss them and ask questions.

Join Sherry Ashworth, Visiting Teaching Fellow at MMU’s Manchester Writing School, as she introduces you to Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel, here in the great author’s former home!

The fun, informal event is designed for those who’ve not yet read Mary Barton. You’re not expected to have read the novel, and nor will there be spoilers, so you can go away after the session and immerse yourself!

Book via the website. Tickets £10

Tea Room will be open for refreshments

 

Wed 26th Jun 7pm - 8.30pm

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