RESIDENTS are being invited to watch a live screening at Bromsgrove Library debating the impact of Jane Eyre.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is considered by many to be one of those books that really defied convention and challenged society.

As part of the British Library’s Gothic Rebel series, Bromsgrove Library will be hosting a live screening of a debate where a panel of experts will be discussing exactly how and why.

The book follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall.

The panel will be discussing the spirit of rebellion found in its pages and what it is to be a child.

The panel will be chaired by Alex Clark and will feature Sara Collins, Alison Owen and Sally Shuttleworth.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for communities, said: “Jane Eyre is a particularly thought-provoking novel and this debate is a great way to look at one book that really challenged society.

"The 100 novels campaign is an excellent way to really think about the reasons why you particularly enjoy certain books, and to add many more to your list.”

The Gothic Rebel series compliments the BBC’s ‘100 novels that shaped the world’ programme, which launches this month.

The programme will be looking at 10 books under 10 themes across the first 10 months of the year.

A perfect opportunity to add some new authors and titles to your personal reading list.

The themes include coming of age, politics, power & protest, adventure, love sex and romance, and the themes will begin with identity in January.

The year-long programme of activities and events across libraries and on TV and radio, is in partnership with the BBC, and is designed to celebrate the novel and promote the joy of reading.

Worcestershire libraries will be asking residents about their world changing books in the library and online, so look out for the #mybooklife displays and social media posts and join in the conversation.

The screening at Bromsgrove Library is on Tuesday, January 14 between 7pm and 8:30pm.