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Heathcliff Adrift

Poems by Benjamin Myers. Photographs by Nick Small.

 

Exhibition at The Bronte Parsonage, Haworth, West Yorkshire.

February 5th to June 6th 2015. FREE ENTRY.

Heathcliff Adrift is a poetry collection by award-winning writer Benjamin Myers that follows the ‘missing’ three years of Emily Bronte’s enduring hero from Wuthering Heights.

Originally commissioned by New Writing North for Durham Literature Festival, where it was exhibited in Durham Cathedral alongside stunning landscape photographs by renowned photographer Nick Small, Heathcliff Adrift will now be appearing at its rightful home, The Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire.

Conceived while walking the moors of the West Riding, the work considers the questions: where did Emily Bronte’s eponymous anti-hero go and what did he see? It explores the idea of what happened to Heathcliff during an era in which the industrial revolution was in its earliest days and the ragged beauty of the landscape was under threat from the arrival of mechanisation. Further themes include nature, violence, survival and the changing seasons.

The poems and photos will be available to be viewed for free in the entrance to The Bronte Parsonage, with and framed black and white prints available to buy. Heathcliff Adrift the book is also available in a limited bespoke edition, printed by Tangerine Press. It includes 32 hand-sewn pages, a foil-stamped front cover and photo by Nick Small. It can be bought online here: www.shop.newwritingnorth.com/heathcliff-adrift-d402336.html

Benjamin Myers was born in Durham in 1976. His novels include Beastings (2014), Pig Iron (2012), which won the Gordon Burn Award, and Richard (2010), a Sunday Times book of the year. His journalism has appeared in publications including The Guardian, New Statesman, Mojo, New Scientist, Caught By The River and others. He lives in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.

Nick Small is a photographer and film maker with a background in music video, working with a diverse range of famous artists. More recently he has produced a series of films for the BBC’s The One Show about photographing the British landscape. His work has been published internationally by National Geographic, The Guardian, BBC and others. He lives in West Yorkshire.

For more information

Jenna Holmes (Arts Officer, Bronte Parsonage Museum): jenna.holmes@bronte.org.uk

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