Literature

Maisie Mosco – more Manchester women writers

I've been wanting to celebrate Maisie Mosco as a Manchester woman writer for some time. I found a set of her popular Almonds and Raisins trilogy in our wonderful second hand book sale and read it with great pleasure, and I have...

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1810 is Elizabeth’s birth year – but what else is happening?

In our time line series, we've been concentrating on exploring key years in the 1840s and1850s when Elizabeth Gaskell was publishing her wonderful novels. In this week of her birth, it seems a good idea to focus on 1810, the year she...

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It’s 1853 in our time line series!

It's a hugely busy year for Elizabeth Gaskell! On January 10, Ruth - perhaps Gaskell's most controversial novel - is published. Frankly confronting Victorian attitudes to seduction and illegitimacy, it was never going to have an easy reception - it was a...

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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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