Spotlight on literary siblings
ON a Saturday afternoon in October there is an opportunity to explore which of the Brontës you prefer.
As part of the Literature and Ideas Festival there will be a discussion around the famous siblings, as authors Sophie Franklin and Claire O’Callaghan take a detailed look at the talented sisters.
Young academic Sophie Franklin’s Charlotte Brontë Revisited, examines Charlotte’s private world of convention, rebellion and imagination, and how they shaped her life, writing and obsessions – including the paranormal, nature, feminism and politics. Sophie is a member of the Department of English Studies at Durham University and the updated second edition of Charlotte Brontë Revisited has just been published.
Emily Brontë Reappraised: A view from the 21st Century, by Claire O’Callaghan, conjures a new image of Emily and rehabilitates her personal reputation. Dr O’Callaghan claims that the characterisation of Emily as an oddball is undeserved. She would probably fit better in modern society, where independent, unconventional women are more likely to be celebrated. Claire O’Callaghan is an Irish news and sports journalist and radio presenter who has also written Sarah Waters: Gender and Sexual Politics. Charlotte versus Emily is at Number One Riverside, Smith Street, on Saturday, October 20, 2-3pm. Age 14+. £6 – £8. Visit: http:// rochdaleliteraturefestival. co.uk/whats-on/sophie -franklin-and-claire -ocallaghan-charlotte -versus-emily/.