Well-known Emily admirers share their fascination with her life & work

Emily Brontë is one of the greatest writers in English literature, and yet very little is actually known about her. What we do know survives as fragments of information from the people who knew her best, while years of fascination by her biographers have introduced speculation and myth to fill the gaps in our knowledge. To mark the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, this exhibition invites a number of well-known Emily admirers to share their own fascination with her life and work. Specially commissioned contributions from Maxine Peake, Lily Cole and Helen Oyeyemi amongst others result in a thoughtprovoking selection of Emily’s possessions, writing and artwork as well as some of the well-loved household objects she used daily. These personal responses to Emily acknowledge the gaps in our understanding about this intriguing writer, but also encourage fresh perspectives on her life and work.

Free with admission to the Museum.
The contributors to Making Thunder Roar are:
  • Anita Rani
  • Jessica Hanson
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • Josie Long
  • Caryl Phillips
  • Mike Carey
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Sally Wainwright
  • Benjamin Myers
  • Lily Cole
  • Rosie Garland
  • Maxine Peake
  • Kei Miller (audio response)
  • Lucy Powrie (digital response)
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