7 years ago

“Like a tree in full bearing” Louise Brealey reads Charlotte Brontë’s letter to W. S. Williams

Letters Live
Letters Live

Charlotte Brontë was the eldest of the Brontë sisters, three siblings whose novels--Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Halls, to name but three--are now considered classics. In 1848, Emily died from tuberculosis; she was just 30 years old. A few days after her death, Charlotte wrote to her publisher.

The letter is read by Louise Brealey for LETTERS LIVE.

Louise Brealey is an actor, journalist, playwright and producer, best known for her role as pathologist Molly Hooper in Sherlock. In 2015 she can be seen on the big screen in indie thriller Containment, as the new regular in Ripper Street on BBC One and with Stephen Mangan in Sky Arts' Birthday. Theatre highlights include Julie in Miss Julie at the Citizens Theatre, Sonya in Uncle Vanya for Peter Hall, and Andromache, Cassandra and Helen of Troy in The Trojan Women at the Gate. She has recently been seen on stage in the UK tour of the Royal Court's Constellations.

LETTERS LIVE is a series of live events celebrating the power of literary correspondence. Inspired by Shaun Usher's Letters of Note, Letters Live is an initiative by publishing company Canongate and Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch. It has become a phenomenon wherever is has played in the UK.

The idea of LETTERS LIVE is simple: we ask talented, inspiring and high-profile artists from various disciplines to read letters out loud to our audiences. LETTERS LIVE celebrates letter writing and the art of correspondence first and foremost.

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