Film Screening – My Letter to the World

17th May 2018, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Creative Edge

Emily Dickinson has spent the 130 years since her death unfairly pigeonholed as the strange recluse in white.

Filmed in her home town of Amherst, Massachusetts, this documentary is an in-depth exploration of her life and work. Alongside expert analysis it features behind the scenes clips from Terence Davies’ biopic of the poet A Quiet Passion. My Letter to the World takes us on a journey through the seasons of Emily’s life in mid-1800s New England as we engage with her passionate relationships via her letters and poems. As new theories come to light about both Emily Dickinson’s personal relationships and her poetry, we talk to world experts and bring their conflicting opinions to the screen.

The screening will be introduced by Director, Sol Papadopoulos: A six-time winner of the Royal Television Award and twice BAFTA nominated, Sol began his creative life as a stills photographer before progressing on to moving image following a 16mm course at the National Film School.

Sol’s documentary work has taken him all over the world, from aircraft carriers in Pearl Harbor to deserts in the Middle East. After making documentaries and short dramas as a freelancer for all the major broadcasters – collecting numerous awards along the way – he founded Hurricane Films with Roy Boulter in March 2000. The ethos to tell great stories is what drives him.

Sol will discuss the film in a Q&A with Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Reader in English Literature at Edge Hill University and Chair of GenSex, whose research focuses include poetry and Victorian/Neo-Victorian fiction.

This event is preceded by the Festival of Ideas Launch click here for more details and bookings


  • 18:00 – Launch Event in Hale Hall
  • 19:30 – Introductions to film by Solon Papadopoulos
  • 19:40 – Screening of ‘My Letter to the World’

Further details are available here


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