Literature

Beatrix Potter – some Manchester influences

I hope you'll allow me to claim Beatrix Potter as, in part, a Manchester writer! If she lived for the first forty years of her life in London, when she stayed with her grandparents she often came to Greater Manchester, and she...

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The Timeline Series – it’s 1854!

On September 2, the first part of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South is serialised in Household Words. It's an important year in Gaskell world... And what about the family? They have been living in their lovely Plymouth Grove house for four years...

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Tea at Cranford-Part 3

Tea in Bright Green Canisters, and Comfits in Tumblers. Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe: Purveyor of the Finest Confectionery, is a rapidly growing ‘family of shops’ selling old fashioned humbugs, lollipops and other traditional sweets in large screw topped bottles. Their popularity...

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Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell

New partnership events We’re delighted to announce a series of online events exploring Elizabeth Gaskell’s ground-breaking and controversial biography of her friend and fellow novelist, The Life of Charlotte Brontë. The first event will be an author talk with Finola Austin about...

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Our Daily Bread: tea – time at Cranford part 2

Following on from my last blog ‘Tea at Cranford’, I will now consider the dangers which may have been lurking in those dainty sandwiches, ‘cut to the imaginary pattern of excellence that existed in Miss Matty’s mind, as being the way which...

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