Brontë 200 - Ill Will: Heathcliff and HisStory

An afternoon with Michael Stewart

An afternoon with Michael Stewart

Author Michael Stewart visits Haworth to discuss  the research for his new novel, Ill Will, which recounts Heathcliff’s lost years. In Wuthering Heights, Emily deftly creates a close and claustrophobic world with great  skill. But what of the world outside? It is 1780 when Heathcliff runs off in the storm. The north of England is going through radical change – from a rural community, to the industrial revolution, from a wild world where highwaymen and robbers terrorise the coach roads, to one of turnpikes and canals and from one where slavery is acceptable, to the beginnings of abolitionism.
Michael Stewart is a multi-award winning writer, born and brought up in Salford, who moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and is now based in Bradford. He has written several full length stage plays, one of which, Karry Owky, was joint winner of the King’s Cross Award for New Writing. His debut novel, King Crow, was published in 2011 and won The Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. He is senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Huddersfield, where he is the director of the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

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