In this collection, twelve of Britain’s most celebrated writers have produced short fictions that interact, respond and play with the legacy of the Brontë Sisters. These are stunning and elemental tales, from authors who between them have won prizes such as the Macmillan/PEN Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and the V.S. Pritchett Prize.
RED ROOM is partly a charitable event, for a very good cause, and part of the profits will be donated to The Brontë Birthplace Trust to help with their plans for Thornton, Bradford – the village where all three sisters were born.
This was a high concept cover that was evolved from the way Victorians used paper when writing a letter. The typography is a script font that is very similar to that of Charlotte Brontë’s handwriting, and the words come from the text of the book. This was one of our favourite covers to work on.
I really wanted Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontës to be as engaging and intriguing on the outside as I hoped it was going to be on the inside. Their ideas for the cover included having a design that mimicked the way Victorians – and, therefore, the Brontës – used paper. As paper was a precious commodity at the time, people would work their way down the page, then turn the paper 90 degrees and continue writing – creating a beautiful quilted effect. It’s eye-catching and clever and I think it’s the perfect cover for the book. Not only does Green Door have great ideas, they are also very professional, efficient and lovely to deal with. I highly recommend them. – A. J. Ashworth, editor of Red Room: New Short Stories Inspired by the Brontës