Brontë 200 - Women, the Gothic and Emily

Katherine Clements and Beth Underdown in conversation

Katherine Clements and Beth Underdown in conversation

The imposing houses, eerie doubling of names and wandering of unquiet spirits combine within Wuthering Heights to create one of the great Gothic texts of the nineteenth century. Emily Brontë’s only published novel continues to cast a looming shadow over Gothic writing up to the present day. On the occasion of her two hundredth birthday, novelists Katherine Clements and Beth Underdown discuss the impact of Wuthering Heights on their own writing, and how their work contributes to a continuing Gothic tradition, in this  event chaired by author Rosie Garland.
Katherine Clements is a critically acclaimed novelist and the current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Manchester. Her latest novel, The Coffin Path (2018), is a ghost story set on the West Yorkshire moors, described by The Times as ‘a wonderfully sinister novel’.
Beth Underdown’s first novel, The Witchfinder’s Sister (2017), won the Historical Writer’s Association Debut Crown Award, and has been selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. She was born in Rochdale and lectures  in creative writing at the University of Manchester. Rosie Garland is a novelist, poet and performer based in the north of England, and one of the contributors to Making Thunder Roar, our 2018 exhibition on Emily Brontë. Her most recent book, The Night Brother, was released in 2017.

Tickets £8/£6 concessions and Brontë Society members  (£2 for 16-25 year olds). Please book in advance at  www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on or on 01535 640192. 
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