Literary Reputations

Nell Stevens: Mrs Gaskell & Me

  • 17
  • Oct

2018

Wednesday

7.00pm

Head and shoulders image of author Nell Stevens in front of wall of yellow and green foliageMat Smith

  • Head and shoulders image of author Nell Stevens in front of wall of yellow and green foliage

In Mrs Gaskell & Me, author and scholar Nell Stevens (Bleaker House) blends memoir and fiction to explore her life alongside that of Manchester’s own Elizabeth Gaskell. In 1857, following the controversial publication of The Life of Charlotte Brontë, Gaskell flees to Rome, where she meets Charles Norton, a lifelong friend and the love of her life. In 2013, Nell falls in love with Max, a man who lives in Paris and then Boston. As they attempt to make their long-distance love work, Nell embarks on a PhD, and the parallels between her circumstances and Gaskell’s begin to reveal themselves. Nell will be in conversation with Libby Tempest at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.

Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm prompt.