Growing up in Yorkshire in the early 19th century, the expectations placed upon the Brontë sisters differed wildly from those carried by their brother, Branwell. The strong emotions and passions expressed by the characters in the Brontës’ novels were, at the time, thought to be the preserve of men, and Charlotte, Emily and Anne famously wrote under male pseudonyms.

How can the experiences of the Brontës inform the debate over gender expectations in society today? Join firebrand feminist, Germaine Greer, and award-winning journalist, Boyd Tonkin, to explore how the siblings confounded the expectations of their time and examine whether or not progress has been made in the years since they created their famous works.

About The Speaker

Germaine Greer

Firebrand feminist Germaine Greer has been one of the world’s most prominent academics for nearly fifty years. Works such as The Female Eunuch and appearances on television shows such as Have I Got News for You have earned her a place at the forefront of feminist thinking.

About The Host

Boyd Tonkin

Boyd Tonkin is an award-winning journalist who currently writes on literature and culture for The Financial Times, The Economist, Newsweek and The Spectator. He was previously Literary Editor and then Senior Writer at The Independent, where he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and judged the award for 15 years. He chaired the jury of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize, and now serves as the prize’s Special Adviser.