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Online Talk: Adventures Abroad- Elizabeth Gaskell and Maria Graham

An exciting new event with Chawton House, famous as the ‘Great House’ in Jane Austen’s letters, to celebrate the adventures of Elizabeth Gaskell and plucky 19th century travel writer, Maria Graham.

Women writers sometimes used travel as a means to escape the restrictions on them. Elizabeth ventured across Europe, once fleeing to Rome to avoid criticism of her Charlotte Bronte biography. Maria was the first professional woman travel writer, visiting everywhere from Italy and India to Brazil and Chile. She met revolutionaries and even became governess for Princess Donna Maria (Queen of Portugal).

So what was it like to travel as a woman in the 19th century? What did they think about the places they visited? And how did travel affect their writing?

Discover the exploits of these two, very different, intrepid women with Jane Baxter (Elizabeth Gaskell’s House) and Emma Yandle (Chawton House).

The talk will be approx 50 mins long, with time for a question session afterwards.

Wednesday 23 November, 7-8.15pm

£5 per ticket

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23rd Nov 2022

7pm - 8.15pm

a whispering of leaves and perfume of flowers always pervaded the rooms

Charlotte Brontë, on visiting 84 Plymouth Grove