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All seven novels written by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë contain descriptions of diseases, injuries and untimely deaths that reflect the major role illness played in their own personal lives.

Join Dr Vasudha Chandra and the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for a fascinating exploration of illness in the lives and novels of the Brontë sisters, from their own health conditions to the diseases and disorders of the fictional characters they created, and the medical treatments used at the time.

Vasudha Chandra is a doctor working in Palliative Care. She is also a writer, and has published articles, short stories and poetry. Vasudha is a member of, and has been a presenter for, the Australian Brontë Association, the NSW Dickens Society, and the Jane Austen Society of Australia.

When: Wednesday 13 September 2017, 12:30-1:30pm.
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Cost: Free – no bookings required.
Contact: 02 9262 7300 or

Image: Jane Eyre, Etching by F. H. Townsend, from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, 2nd Edition, 1847.