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Women Writers, Bibliomemoir and Me: Nell Stevens and Samantha Ellis in conversation with Lucy Scholes

Monday 22nd October 18:30 - 20:00 at London - Gower Street

What can we learn by looking at the lives of pioneering female authors, writing 200 hundred years ago? Join Nell Stevens and Samantha Ellis for an inspiring evening as they discuss nineteenth century writers Elizabeth Gaskell and Anne Brontë, how these women have influenced their own life and work, and their recent books, which intertwine memoir and literary biography.

Nell Stevens is the author of Bleaker House and most recently Mrs Gaskell and Me -- a book which blends the story of Elizabeth Gaskell – who, after two years of writing The Life of Charlotte Bronte, fled to Rome, where she found excitement, inspiration, and love – with Nell’s own.  In 2013 Nell embarks on her Ph.D. – about the community of artists and writers living in Rome in the mid-nineteenth century – and falls drastically in love with a man on the other side of the world. As Nell chases her heart, and as Mrs Gaskell forms the greatest connection of her life, these two women, though centuries apart, are drawn together.

Samantha Ellis is the author of How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned From Reading too Much and Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life, which details Samantha's personal, poignant and surprising journey into the life and work of a woman sidelined by history and overshadowed by her older siblings, Charlotte and Emily. A brave, strongly feminist writer well ahead of her time -- and who has much to teach us today about how to find our way in the world.

Samantha and Nell will be speaking to literary critic and Bitch Lit host Lucy Scholes about their recent books, bibliomemoir and what they have learned, as both writers and readers, from the works of Elizabeth Gaskell and Anne Bronte.

Tickets are £8/6 (students) and include a glass of wine or soft drink. Book online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.
London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Monday 22nd October 18:30 - 20:00
£25 ticket + both books (online only)
£8 (standard) /£6 (Waterstones cardholders and students)

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