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Writers Series

In keeping with its strong literary arts legacy, Ashley Hall, alma mater of noted authors such as Madeleine L'Engle '37, Josephine Humphreys '63, Margaret Bradham Thornton '77, Nancy Friday '51 and Alexandra Braid Ripley '51, is proud to offer our Writers Series to the greater Charleston community. Novelists, poets and non-fiction writers share insights on the art and practice of writing.

Distinguished guests have included Josephine Humphreys, Brett Lott, Natasha Trethaway, Odds Bodkin, Rick Bass, Toni Buzzeo, Andre Dubus III and Jack Driscoll. 

2014-2015 Writers Series


Ashley Hall Alumna, Margaret Bradham Thornton '77, Opens 2014-2015 Writers Series

A Conversation with Award-Winning Author, Margaret Bradham Thornton '77

Author Margaret Bradham Thornton '77 joins Ashley Hall's Assistant Head of School, Dr. Nick Bozanic, in lively conversation about her new novel, Charleston, and her distinguished literary career.

About Margaret Bradham Thornton
Margaret Bradham Thornton is no stranger to the literary world. She is the award-winning author of Tennessee Williams's Notebooks and her newest novel, Charleston, was recently released form Ecco/Harper Collins.

Thornton's ten-year intensive work on Tennessee Williams's Notebooks inspired and informed the writing of Charleston, which tells the story of two Charlestonians, Eliza Poinsett and Henry Heyward. Charleston moves past the notions of "there's no place like home" or "you can't go home again" and explores the idea that "home never let's you go." Thornton's protagonist, Eliza, an independently minded young woman, pushes past the boundaries of the cliches of Southern women who, like most of Tennessee Williams's heroines, are trapped in and by the South and who wait for men to rescue them.

Charleston, South Carolina, is where Margaret Brandham Thornton spent her childhood and where, as often as possible, she returns. She has received high local praise for her portrayal of Charleston and for doing what Joyce did for Dublin. One reviewer noted that the Holy City and the surrounding Lowcountry are "so accurately rendered as to continually threaten to steal the show.""Bradham Thornton's eye for detail is superb," wrote the Charleston Mercury, "from the swamps of the ACE Basin to a South of Broad dinner party." Her ability to write about the natural world of the Lowcountry-- the mysterious and wild rivers and swamps and vast expanses of marsh-- has been compared to Archibald Rutledge, a former poet laureate of South Carolina.