Life of a famous author

A SEASON of events organised by St George’s Parish Church in New Mills continues on Saturday with a fascinating illustrated talk on the life and writing of Elizabeth Gaskell.

Janet Allan, Chairman of The Gaskell Society, will be giving the lecture on the woman, famed for her northern novels including North and South and Cranford. The latter is set in Mrs Gaskell’s childhood home of Knutsford and was made into a TV serial.

In addition to her fiction, she wrote the first biography of Charlotte Brontë, which played a significant role in developing her fellow writer’s reputation. Mrs Gaskell entertained several leading literary figures of her time.

Janet Allan is also chairman of the preservation trust which is restoring the author’s former home at Plymouth Grove in Manchester.

The talk will take place in the Parish Hall, Church Lane, New Mills, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £5 (including a glass of wine), can be obtained in advance on 01663 744233, or from the church on 01663 743147.