Centuries after their deaths, the work of the Brontë sisters continues to inspire people in a range of different ways. Some come away from the novels fired up by their unflinching examination of universal themes: love, loss, death, redemption and the casual brutality of life are all encompassed by their wide-ranging tales.
For others it’s the characters themselves, either in their inception or execution, that intrigues and provokes as they navigate societies at once alien and all-too-familiar to us; it could equally be the Brontë women themselves that inspires them, or the rugged, transcendental terror of their moorland landscapes.
Our panel is chaired by Brontë super-fan Helen Meller, organiser of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. She’s joined by playwright and dramatist Judith Adams, whose radio adaptations have featured the work and lives of the Brontës; Mick Jackson, author of ‘Yuki Chan in Brontë Country’, the tale of an offbeat Brontë pilgrimage; and Ayisha Malik, another massive Brontë fan whose novel ‘Sofia Khan is Not Obliged’ contemplates the travails of a Muslim woman attempting to negotiate London’s dating and publishing scenes.
They’ll talk about how the Brontës have affected them personally as well as the ways in which the literary sisters have inspired successive generations of creative minds.