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‘Re-Visioning the Brontës’: Conference 29th January, The Brotherton Room, University of Leeds

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‘Re-Visioning the Brontës’ conference was an inspiring day with a rich diverse range of speakers who have sited the Brontës and their legacy as an influence on their work. The day began with a deeply moving, evocative music and film piece, ‘Air on Brontë Moor’ by David Wilson and Simon Warner. It was great to meet up with Teresa Whitfield whose work is exhibited with ‘Charlotte’s Dress’ in ‘Wildness Between Lines’ at Leeds College of Art, and also Jenna Holmes, the contemporary art officer at the Parsonage, who initially made my project possible. After delivering my paper I felt so thrilled with the positive comments and dialogue it generated between the other speakers and attendees.

Parkinson Building, University of Leeds

Professor Ann Sumner, the new Executive Director of the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society, made an illuminating closing speech summarising all the speakers papers and said of my piece:

“The contemporary artist Lisa Sheppy gave an account of what had inspired her piece ‘Charlotte’s Dress’, currently on display in the ‘Wilderness Between the Lines’ exhibition at the Leeds College of Art. It was an early childhood visit to the Parsonage and memories of her mother’s professional dressmaking days that had given her the initial idea for the piece. To hear directly from an artist about her creative process was inspiring, and seeing her sketches from her study visit to Haworth and learn about the makers who had added to that vision and enabled her to produce this striking work was illuminating, but also caused one to reflect on the strong influence of her mother on the piece, while Charlotte Bronte had lost her own mother young.”

The summary of all the papers is available to view on the Brontë Parsonage Blog:


Thank you to Nick Cass, Liz Stainforth and Rachel Cunningham Clark for selecting my paper to be included in the conference and their excellent organization of a such an enriching day.



‘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)


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