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Reading The Nineteenth-Century: Adam Bede

It’s my belief her heart’s as hard as a pebble.

George Eliot, Adam Bede

Join us for the latest in a series of evening reading workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, and enter the troubled world of fallen women in the Victorian novel.

When a women’s virtue is compromised, what choices lie open to her? Whose fault is it that she falls in the first place? And what will happen to the children born as a result? To answer these questions, join Sherry Ashworth, Visiting Teaching Fellow at Manchester Writing School, who will lead you into the turbulent fictional lives of these Nineteenth-century women.

This month’s classic is George Eliot’s Adam Bede.

The course is perfect for the general reader who wants to explore their reading a little more deeply. You can sign up to all sessions, or come to individual sessions, as suits your interests. Participants will be expected to read the stories ahead of the monthly discussions, and to share their ideas with the rest of the group.

Workshops run from 7-9pm on Wednesdays

Each session is £10

Remaining sessions:

26 February: George Eliot’s Adam Bede

25 March: Thomas Hardy’s Tess of The D’Urbervilles

22 April: George Gissing’s The Unclassified

27 May:  George Moore’s Esther Waters

26th Feb 2020

7pm - 9pm


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

Charlotte Brontë, on visiting 84 Plymouth Grove