Outsiders tells the stories of five novelists – Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf – and their famous novels. We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this biography throws new light on the genius they share.
Lyndall Gordon is the prize-winning author of six biographies. She will be in conversation with award-winning biographer Claire Harman, whose book Charlotte Brontë: A Life was published in 2015.
Chaired by Professor Claire Harman, Durham University
The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas. Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills. Since it began it has placed 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions across the UK.
Sunday 15 October,
Durham Town Hall