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Bonnets at Dawn: Charlotte & Elizabeth

We are delighted to welcome the Literary Thunderdome that is Bonnets at Dawn to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House for a panel discussion about the friendship between Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell. Bonnets at Dawn team, Lauren Burke and Hannah Chapman, will be joined by Amy Rowbottom from the Brontë Parsonage and will welcome questions and contributions from the audience.

Lauren Burke and Hannah Chapman (aka Bonnets at Dawn) go head to head to compare and contrast the lives and work of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters via comics, essays and a weekly podcast – BUT we’ve managed to tempt them to add another bonnet into the mix. So, they’ll be adding Elizabeth Gaskell and her novels into their unique blend of humorous exploration, discussion and debate.

The panel discussion is free to attend (usual admission applies.) but we recommend reserving a space via the link below.

About the Panel

Hannah K Chapman (Team Austen) is a comics writer and printmaker living and working in Bristol. She is the founder of Comic Book Slumber Party, has written about comics for Off Life and Forbidden Planet International, and works as an editor at Blank Slate Books.

Lauren Burke (Team Brontë) has been an Anglophile ever since she read The Secret Garden at the age of seven and asked her mother if they could move from Ohio to “The Moors.” She now lives in Chicago with her husband John and their dog Watson, but visits her beloved England twice a year. Lauren spends most of her time writing and editing comics and children’s books. She is best known for writing P.I. Jane and I’m Not OmniGirl, and has served as editor for the Ladies’ Night Anthology for five years. She is currently working on a book entitled Divide & Conquer about the rise of women in comics.

Find out more at https://unbound.com/books/austen-vs-bronte

Amy Rowbottom is the Curatorial Assistant at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, which she first visited over twenty years ago at the age of five. Her role there includes answering enquiries to the Museum, giving talks and tours and assisting the many Brontë researchers that visit. She considers herself lucky to be paid to discuss the Brontë family and their work!



7th Dec 2017

1pm - 3pm


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