Tuesday, 5 March 2013


Friday, 8th March is the prose class with Helen Hagemann.  Continuing with our Worldwide short fiction, writers will read the short story Panic from The Rendezvous & Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. Writing exercises and discussion about creating “a twist in the plot”. 10-noon. All welcome!

Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning DBE (13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was an English author and playwright. .Her elder sister was the writer Angela du Maurier. Her father was the actor Gerald du Maurier. Her grandfather was the writer George du Maurier. Du Maurier was made a Dame Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 1969. She amassed 159 works including novels, short story collections, plays, and biographies. Her best known novels are Rebecca and The Birds, both adapted to film by Alfred Hitchcock. Literary critics have sometimes berated du Maurier's works for not being "intellectually heavyweight" like those of George Eliot or Iris Murdoch. By the 1950s, when the socially and politically critical "angry young men" were in vogue, her writing was felt by some to belong to a bygone age. Today, she has been reappraised as a first-rate storyteller, a mistress of suspense. Her ability to recreate a sense of place is much admired, and her work remains popular worldwide. For several decades she was the most popular author for library book borrowings.

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