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‘Re-Visioning the Brontës’ Conference 29th January 2013

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I will be delivering a paper based on ‘Charlotte’s Dress’ at the conference next week. Looking forward to hearing the other speakers’ papers and being part of this fascinating Brontë project.


Re-visioning the Brontës Conference Programme

9:30-10:00 – Registration, coffee (Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds)

9:50-10:00 – ‘Air on Brontë Moor’ (Wilson & Warner)

10:00-10:10 – Welcome and Introduction, Nick Cass, Conference Organiser, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

10:10-10:25 – ‘Keynote’ Welcome, Jane Sellars, Curator of Art, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate

10:25-10:50 – ‘Southern Flight: Brontëan Migrations in Kate Chopin’s At Fault’, Dr Carl Plasa, Cardiff University

10:50-11:15 – ‘Righting the Life of the Mind: The Significance of Psychological Discourse in the Brontës’ Interwar Afterlives’, Amber Pouliot, University of Leeds

11:15-11:35 – ‘The Brontës, Materiality, and Resonance: Three Ways of Looking’, Aislinn Hunter, University of Edinburgh

11:35-11.50 – Introduction to the Brontë manuscripts in Special Collections (University of Leeds), Sarah Prescott, Literary Archivist

11:50-12:10 – Discussion

12:10-12:15 – ‘Air on Brontë Moor’ (Wilson & Warner)

12:15-13:15 – Lunch break

13:15-13:20 – ‘Air on Brontë Moor’ (Wilson & Warner)

13:20-13:45 – ‘”…like a new picture introduced to the gallery of memory”: Re-Visioning Jane Eyre through Paula Rego’, Dr Sarah Wootton, Durham University

13:45-14:10 – ‘Charlotte’s Dress’, Lisa Sheppy, Contemporary Artist

14:10-14:45 – Dr Richard Brown (University of Leeds) in conversation with Professor Blake Morrison (Goldsmiths, University of London) on Morrison’s play We Are Three Sisters

14:45-15:05 – Coffee

15:05-15:30 – ‘Listening Out: the Soundtracks and Film Scores of Wuthering Heights’, Dr Jenny Bavidge, University of Cambridge

15:30-15:55 – ‘Wuthering Heights in Japan: the film Arashi ga Oka (1988, dir. Yoshishige Yoshida)’, María Seijo-Richart, University of A Coruña

15:55-16:40 – Roundtable discussion chaired by Adam Strickson (Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing, University of Leeds), Sarah Fermi (Writer and Trustee, Brontë Society), Tiffany Murray (Writer and Senior Lecturer, University of Glamorgan), Simon Warner (Artist and Photographer) and Jenna Holmes (Arts Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum)

16:40-16:50 – Discussion

16:50-17:00 – Closing Remarks, Ann Sumner (Director, Brontë Society)


‘Wildness Between Lines’ Private View

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I travelled over the moors, through Haworth, to attend the private view of ‘Wildness Between Lines’ at Leeds College of Art in December. It was great to meet Nick Cass who selected and curated the exhibition and meet some of the artists in the show. I met Teresa Whitfield whose drawing of Charlotte Brontë’s black lace shawl I greatly admired. I thought the diverse selection of work was put together and hung beautifully and was really pleased that Charlotte’s Dress could be seen again in a new context for a fresh audience.



Charlotte's Dress with work by Su Blackwell, Marci Washington and Teresa Whitfield

Work by Paula Chambers with a digital video piece by Simon Warner


Teresa Whitfield Charlotte Brontë's Shawl

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