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Charlotte Cory

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Charlotte Cory is a London based writer and artist who is best known for her VISITORIANA - a fantastical, "wholly believable" post-Darwinian universe of reworked, recycled, collaged and montaged Victorian photography and taxidermy, an alternative 19th Century in which the animals are clearly in charge. Her work is in the Royal Collection at Windsor, and has been shown at Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition on a number of occasions. There are also four books published about her work as an artist.

Cory has recently completed a five-part drama series for BBC Radio 4, commissioned to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte in April 1816: CHARLOTTE BRONTË IN BABYLON, and she was the guest curator of an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum for the exhibition ‘Charlotte Bronte at the Soane’. At the same time as all of this, her first novel from 1991 (The Unforgiving, Faber and Faber) is about to be issued in Spanish, 25 years after its publication in English.

Charlotte Cory's exhibition ‘Capturing the Brontes’, showed simultaneously in the autumn of 2013 at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth (where it proved highly controversial) and at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate (where the local press described her alternative Brontë museum as "utterly brilliant") it later moved to London in February 2014. At the opening of the London show, a delicious gin-based cocktail was served. This was entitled "Branwell Brontë's Ruin" - and mixed two cult gins by Colonel Fox, both of which display Charlotte Cory's artwork on their labels.

Charlotte Cory has a PhD in Medieval Literature, she has published three novels with Faber and Faber (‘The Unforgiving’, ‘The Laughter of Fools’ and ‘The Guest’). She has written many original comedy series for BBC Radio 4, including ‘Snap!’, ‘The Wonderful World of Allaetitia’, ‘Thinking of Leaving Your Husband?, and original dramas including 1hr plays ‘The Day I Finished off Charlotte Brontë’, and ‘Mangosteen Mania’.

Her woodcuts have adorned many book covers and magazine pages - she created the logo for Bloodaxe Books (1985) who also published a book of her woodcuts ‘The Turnspit Dog’, with the poet Pamela Gillilan (1993).

Cory has also produced a range of silk scarves, bone china, prints, other merchandise, and Christmas cards exclusively for The Sir John Soane Musuem, she also has had her work transformed into wallpaper and textiles for furnishings.

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