For ages 11-18+

Bradford-based author of Ill Will, Michael Stewart leads a workshop on writing your very own Gothic story. Using Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as a focal point, Michael explores Gothic tropes and themes and explains how you can use these in your own story.

Part of the Digital Programme for Schools & Families: Secondary Author Day

Funded by the Emerald Foundation, events focus on the theme of the Gothic novel whilst local contemporary authors explore the idea of “write where you are”. Content is suitable for students in KS3, KS4 or A/S & A level and can be used as an introduction to the gothic genre, or to deepen and widen contextual awareness and understanding.


For each or our themed days children can take part in an exciting competition tailored to their Key Stage/ age. For more information, view our competition packs linked below:

Secondary Author Day Competition Pack

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About The Author

Michael Stewart

Michael Stewart’s debut novel, King Crow, was the winner of the Guardian’s Not-the-Booker Award. Other books: Couples; Café Assassin; Mr Jolly and Ill Will: The Untold Story of Heathcliff. Walking the Invisible, a hybrid memoir about the Brontës’ lives and landscapes, will be published by HarperCollins in June 2021. He is also the creator of the Brontë Stones project.