How did one of the greatest artists of the 21st century respond to one of the greatest writers of the 19th? On 13 April 2019 at the Birmingham Midland Institute (BMI) The Hearth Centre’s director Polly Wright and poet and artist Margaret Markworthy presented Paula Rego’s 25 extraordinary lithographs of Jane Eyre, and read extracts from the nation’s favourite novel.
This included a 45 minute dual presentation of pictures and words, including readings from Bronte’s Jane Eyre and an analysis of Rego’s illustrations and how they relate to the book. The presentation was followed by group activities in which participants were given the opportunity to reflect on Rego’s bold and often outrageous take on Bronte’s much loved classic novel, which was also regarded as shocking in its time.
Look out for more Literary Study Day events coming soon.