“North & South” Country Weekend Program




Friday 31 October 2014

From 3pm Arrivals and Registration

6pm Welcome Drinks

6.30pm Dinner in the Jasmine Restaurant THIS IS AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE

8pm A fun-filled Quiz on both Brontë and Dickens. Conducted by Louise Owens

8.30pm -10.30pm North & South Parts One & Two 

BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s passionate love story, set across the social divides in the changing world of Victorian industrial society.

Saturday 1 November 2014

9.15am Welcome Sarah Burns & Michelle Cavanagh

9.30am Elizabeth Gaskell: links to the Brontës & Dickens Susannah Fullerton

10.30pm Morning tea

11am Dickens: Man of the South Catherine Barker

11.30am The Brontës: Women of the North Michelle Cavanagh

12pm Good Bad Men & Bad Good Men: Rochester & Heathcliff, St John Rivers & Edgar Linton Dr Mandy Swann

12.30pm South to North: Tour of Dickens & Friends Associate Professor Jenny Gribble

1-2pm Lunch in the Olive Tree Restaurant

2pm “The Condition of England” Group session Annette Harman

3.00pm Orphans in Fact and Fiction Jo Henwood

3.30pm Afternoon tea

4pm A Dramatic Interlude With Dr Christopher Cooper & Friends

4.30-5pm It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; Literature & the Industrial Revolution Louise Owens

5-6.30pm Free time

6.30pm Drinks

7pm Dinner in the Olive Tree Restaurant

8.30pm-10.30pm North & South Parts Three & Four

Sunday 2 November 2014

9-9.30am Branwell’s Railway Days Sarah Burns

9.30-10am Dickens & the Staplehurst Rail Crash Malvina Yock

10am Finalise accounts with Waldorf Leura Gardens Resort (if not already done so) and move to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street, Katoomba. For those without transport committee members will be able to arrange this.

11am Jane & David Susannah Fullerton

12-12.10pm Conclusion and Thanks Sarah Burns & Michelle Cavanagh

12.10pm Lunch in the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Cafe

Following lunch there will be free entry for Country Weekend attendees to both the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery (one of the leading regional art galleries in Australia) and the World Heritage Exhibition Centre both of which are part of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

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