JOIN US FOR AN EXCITING EXPLORATION OF REGENCY ROMANCE FICTION, A GENRE THAT HAS ENJOYED A DRAMATIC RISE IN POPULARITY IN RECENT YEARS, WITH SHOWS SUCH AS BRIDGERTON TOPPING THE NETFLIX CHARTS.
We are excited to welcome bestselling novelist Mary Bly, who writes under the pen name ‘Eloisa James’ and also has a successful career as a Shakespeare professor.
Together with film, TV and theatre consultant Hannah Greig of the University of York, Mary will discuss her experience of balancing writing fiction and working as an academic, and explore the rise and impact of the regency romance genre.
You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and York Festival of Ideas partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.
About the speakers
Professor Mary Bly is a Shakespeare professor and Chair of the English Department at Fordham University, as well as a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance novels under the pen name Eloisa James. She has published over 30 novels, which have been translated into 26 languages, with sales worldwide of 7 million. She not only has a double life as a writer and professor, but also a double life as an author: her most recent novel as Eloisa, How to be a Wallflower, was published last March, and her first novel as Mary, Lizzie and Dante, was published last July. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, Paris in Love, about the year her family spent in France. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In 2013, she won the RITA Award – the romance industry’s top honour – and in 2012, she was the first romance writer asked to give a talk at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She lives in New York and Florence, Italy.
Dr Hannah Greig is a historian of eighteenth-century Britain, with a particular interest in gender, material culture and the cultural histories of politics and state craft. Hannah’s first book, The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian England (Oxford University Press, 2013) examined how a new kind of elite – a high-profile metropolitan elite – forged a new and remarkably robust system of social exclusivity in eighteenth-century London. Her current research uses material culture to explore the multi-faceted and international power structures of the eighteenth-century British royal court and parliament. Hannah is also a highly experienced and established consultant to film, theatre and television. With over a decade of experience of working with creative partners she is internationally recognised for her expertise in this field. Recent credits include the Oscar and BAFTA-winning feature film, The Favourite; numerous BBC dramas, most notably the flagship BBC drama Poldark (series 1-5); Andrew Davies’s adaptation of Sanditon for ITV; as well as RSC stage productions. Hannah works in close partnership with productions, supporting script development as well as working with cast and crew on locations and in post-production.
Sun 12 Jun 13:00pm
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