Uncategorized, Health and Beauty, Lifestyle

Hair Health and the Road to Recovery: The Story of my Hair Dying Addiction

And now for something completely different. Most readers come here seeking posts about the lives and works of the Brontës. I do occasionally pen the odd non-Brontë post about graves, literary archives, and other books. Please feel free to have a look in my Everything Else Section where you'll find these posts. Well guys, this is… Continue reading Hair Health and the Road to Recovery: The Story of my Hair Dying Addiction

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Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Charlotte Brontë’s The Duke of Zamorna

Introduction and Background The Duke of Zamorna is a novelette by Charlotte Brontë. Written in July 1838 when she was 22 years old, the narrative is one of the final additions to Charlotte's Angrian saga which famously began with her father's gift of twelve toy soldiers to her brother, Branwell, in 1826 and the creation of… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s The Duke of Zamorna

Heritage, photography, Uncategorized

Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Five

Welcome to part five of my series documenting my contribution to the Adopt a Grave project. Click here to access the links to the first four parts of the series where you can read about Windleshaw Chantry in St. Helens, my adopted and family graves, eerie warnings on headstones, and my attempts to tidy and unearth buried… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Five

Heritage, photography, Uncategorized

Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Four

Hello and welcome to part four of my Adopt a Grave series where I document some of the work taking place to restore the historic Windleshaw chantry and its surrounding graveyard in St. Helens, Merseyside. Firstly let me say a big thank you to all those who have taken the time to read the first… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Four

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

An Introduction to the Brontë Juvenilia

The Brontë sisters are three of the most successful and beloved authors of all time. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village of Thornton in West Yorkshire, England. In 1820, the sisters, along with their parents and siblings Maria, Elizabeth, and Patrick Branwell (more… Continue reading An Introduction to the Brontë Juvenilia

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Jane and Bertha in Me

The Jane and Bertha in Me is a collection of poetry inspired by Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece, Jane Eyre. The collection is comprised of poems by fellow Brontëite, the immensely talented Rita Maria Martinez, and was published in 2016 although some pieces have previously appeared elsewhere. However, the poems slot together to make up a remarkable and intriguing… Continue reading The Jane and Bertha in Me

Brontë, Harry Potter, Literature, Reviews

The Brontës at Hogwarts: A Back to School Special

In honour of the back to school period and the upcoming journey to Hogwarts, I've decided to combine my two literary loves in one post. I'm a proud Ravenclaw, but I've spent the past week wondering which house at Hogwarts would claim which Brontë sibling. It's not as easy to sort them as you'd think; the Brontës were an extraordinary family, but they were also extraordinary and complex individuals.

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Case of the Missing Brontë and the Search for the Perfect Holiday Read

Part of the preparation for my recent trip to Greece included sorting out my holiday reading list. For once I'd resolved to leave the Brontës firmly behind. A holiday meant a break from everyday life, including everything Brontë related as my readers will know by now that I eat, sleep, and breathe everything to do… Continue reading The Case of the Missing Brontë and the Search for the Perfect Holiday Read

Heritage, photography

Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Three

A couple of weeks ago my mother and I decided to adopt a grave in the graveyard surrounding Windleshaw Chantry in St. Helens after stumbling upon a request for volunteers to help with the maintenance and preservation of the site. We actually adopted three graves: a family grave containing my five times great uncles John… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Three

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Team Heathcliff, Rochester, or Weston? Examining the Brontë Love Interests

There are so many layers to Wuthering Heights, and there is so much more to it than Cathy and Heathcliff, but, like it or not, at its heart the novel is a love story. However, Emily isn't the only Brontë to depict a hero who is both loathed and loved by readers; her siblings also did the same thing, but in very different ways. Below are my thoughts on various Brontë love interests, some familiar, others less so, but all unable to match the enigma that is Heatchliff. There are spoilers here so don't read on unless you are familiar with the Brontës' work. Why would you even be here if you weren't though?