Images from adaptations of Persuasion, Jane Eyre and a portrait of Elizabeth Gaskell as a young woman

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Online Talk: Literary Heroines

A celebration of Mary Barton and some of the greatest 19th century literary heroines by women writers including Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell. Focusing on heroines Mary Barton, Jane Eyre and Anne Elliot in Persuasion, this talk shows how these writers force us to question our views of 19th century women. Why are we drawn to Mary Barton and these others? What sets these characters apart? Do they all break the rules and challenge convention? And what were the writers of these incredible characters trying to tell us? Libby Tempest, Chair of the Gaskell Society, reveals all.

The talk will be approx 45 mins long, with time for a short question session afterwards.

‘Thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting, amusing, well-organised.’ Visitor to previous Libby Tempest event

Wednesday 19 April, 7-8pm

£5 per ticket

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19th Apr 2023

7pm - 8pm

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