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Reading The Nineteenth Century: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Join us for a reading course which looks into the dark side of Victorian fiction. Sherry Ashworth, Visiting Teaching fellow at Manchester Writing School will lead you on a journey into the dark heart of nineteenth century writing in this five-part evening course at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. This final session will examine Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic classic, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

We are all prone to dark imaginings – and the Victorians were no different. Throughout the nineteenth century, there was a persistent interest in the duality of the individual and society and the evil that lies inside us. Come and delve into the darker side of nineteenth century fiction.  You will be guaranteed a warm welcome while being chilled to the bone!

These sessions are for the general reader who wants to explore their reading a little more deeply. Participants will be expected to read the book ahead of the monthly discussion, and to share their ideas with the rest of the group.



Each session costs £8. Come to all five, or to individual sessions, to suit your interests.




May 22:  Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde  Robert Louis Stevenson

22nd May 2019

7pm - 9pm


Plans are like a card-house-if one gives way, all the others come rattling about your head

Elizabeth Gaskell, 1864