Talks Programme 2019
3rd April 2019
The Elizabeth Gaskell’s House talks programme for 2019 shines a spotlight on Elizabeth’s writing, from gossip to gothic, with a lively mix of speakers on other Gaskell-related topics too.
Talks are included in admission, start at 1pm and last approx 45 minutes (unless stated). Refreshments are available from our Tea Room. No need to book just turn up on the day.
Sunday 12 May
Discussion: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Shorter Fiction: A Dark Work’s Night
Dr Diane Duffy leads a discussion on this thrilling story: love story or crime fiction?
Sunday 16 June
Father’s Day Walk and Talk: Meet The Neighbours (1 – 3pm)
Anthony Burton and Dr Diane Duffy lead you on a walk through the Victorian Manchester of the Gaskells’ neighbourhood, and introduce you to some of their local friends.Walk: 1-1.45pm. Talk: 2pm. Feel free to join in either or both parts of the event.
Thursday 18 July
The Silk Dress: Respectability, Luxury, Seduction
Margo Singer, textile lecturer and designer, talks about the silk dress as a motif in Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels and letters. Margo will also showcase authentic Victorian silk dresses and accessories – join us for a chance to see these beautiful items up close.
Sunday 4 August
Nesh Up North: Dialect in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Writing
Cambridge University PhD student Georgia Thurston discusses Gaskell’s use of dialect in her writing
Wednesday 18 September
Historian Robert Poole, author of the forthcoming book Peterloo: the English Uprising, discusses the massacre of 1819, a major episode in the history of Manchester and of British democracy, which has its bicentenary in August.
Sunday 29 September
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Birthday Talk: Elizabeth Gaskell and Gossip
The Gaskell Society’s Elizabeth Williams celebrates Gaskell’s sharp eye, sharper tongue and witty ripostes in this fascinating talk on Gaskell and gossip. Join us for a complimentary glass of wine prior to the talk as we raise a birthday toast to Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian queen of banter!
Thursday 10 October
Patchwork and Penwork: Quilts & Elizabeth Gaskell’s Writing
Textile lecturer Margo Singer talks about the patchwork quilt, as featured in both Gaskell’s novels and domestic life. There’ll be chance to see the Manchester Quilt, hand-stitched here by our own Sewing Bee group.
Thursday 17 October
The Travels Of Cranford
Janet Allen talks about the fascinating history of the copy of Cranford – a signed first edition – now on display in the House. Join us during Manchester Literature Festival to find about the book’s journey through the varied hands of its illustrious owners before finally returning home.
Wednesday 23 October
Talk: Bangladeshi Weavers Song
Jennifer Reid, performer of nineteenth-century broadside ballads, Lancashire dialect work song and traditional clog step, will give a performative talk on Bangladeshi work song and its links to Manchester weaving songs
Thursday 31 October
Halloween Talk: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic Tales
Dr Diane Duffy discusses Gaskell’s gothic short stories at our Halloween lunchtime talk.
Sunday 10 November, 1.30-2pm (Remembrance Sunday)
Poetry of the Great War
Philip Watts will read and discuss poetry from World War 1.
Thursday 14 November
Cloth & Class: Paisley Shawls in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Writing
Designer and textile lecturer Margo Singer will talk about the importance and meaning of the Paisley shawl in Gaskell’s work. Take the chance to see our House display of original paisley wool scarves from the Elizabeth Gaskell Family Collection.
Wednesday 4 December
Victorian Christmas Literature
Anthony Burton talks about festive literature during Victorian times.
Sunday 8 December
Victorian Christmas Games
Anthony Burton discusses a variety of weird and wonderful Victorian Christmas parlour games – with the chance for visitors to join in the fun.