Brontë 200 - Making Thunder Roar

An event with Caryl Phillips and Sally Wainwright

An event with Caryl Phillips and Sally Wainwright


To celebrate our new exhibition Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë, the Brontë Society is delighted to partner with The Leeds Library to host this very special evening. Author Caryl Phillips and screenwriter and producer Sally Wainwright explore their relationship with one of the most enigmatic figures in literature, and discuss how they went about crafting their personal responses to Emily as part of this exhibition.

The Leeds Library is the oldest membership subscription library  in the country and one of the oldest cultural institutions in Leeds. Started in 1768 by a group of radical thinkers, academics and dissenters, the Library celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2018 through a programme of events, projects and outreach.

Sally Wainwright was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.  She is a BAFTA award-winning writer and director, whose work includes Last Tango in Halifax (2012), Happy Valley (2014)  and To Walk Invisible, an acclaimed biopic of the Brontë family which aired in December 2016.

Caryl Phillips is the author of numerous books of non-fiction and fiction. Dancing in the Dark won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and A Distant Shore won the 2004 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently Professor of English at Yale University. His latest novel, The Lost Child, was published in 2015.

Tickets £12/£10 concessions*/Leeds Library members  (£5 for 16-25 year olds), and can be booked in advance at or by calling 01535 640192. 

*In addition to Brontë Society members, concessions apply to the following groups:
Children, students and people over 65
People in receipt of Personal Independence Payment
People in receipt of a means-tested benefit
Please be prepared to provide proof of status. 

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