Brontë, Literature, Uncategorized

2019 Reading Challenge

Like most people, bookworms have New Year's Resolutions, however, you guessed it, they're always reading related. Like many bookworms on Goodreads, I've set my Reading Challenge for 2019. I opted for 30 books, however, this will be 30 new books as I'm not including anything I will re-read in the total end of year count.… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge

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Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

To Angria: An Original Short Play by Sophie Marlowe

My love of the Brontës is evident from the name of this site; it's dedicated to all things Brontë, from the family's works to literature and art inspired by them. I managed to track down some wonderful Brontë inspired fiction in 2018 and I'm delighted to introduce you to something brand new in 2019. Below is a short play… Continue reading To Angria: An Original Short Play by Sophie Marlowe

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018

Even 200 years after their births (and longer in Patrick and Maria's case), the Brontë family continue to inspire, entertain, and educate us. Through a perusal of their work and correspondence I've become acquainted with what I call the Brontë philosophy. This isn't a set of hard and fast rules regarding how to live your… Continue reading What the Brontës Taught Me in 2018

Uncategorized, Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Brontës’ Christmas

With Christmas creeping ever closer, I'm longing to visit Haworth, the home of the Brontës, in order to enjoy the festivities taking place there, some modern and some more familiar to our favourite literary family. I do usually make the trip to see the village decked out for Christmas but haven't managed it yet this… Continue reading The Brontës’ Christmas

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel

As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia, and although I occasionally branch out to study the childhood works of Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, and Virginia Woolf, there are many more so-called juvenile authors waiting to be discovered. After attending the Sixth International Literary Juvenilia Conference in… Continue reading Beyond the Brontë Juvenilia: Ethel Turner’s That Young Rebel

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Best Brontë Books of 2018

It's safe to say that I've read an awful lot of Brontë related books this year, some good and some disappointing, but fortunately the former have outweighed the latter. To round off the year (how are we in December already?) I've compiled a list of the Best Brontë Books of 2018. The books don't need… Continue reading The Best Brontë Books of 2018

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Young Men’s Magazine and Charlotte Brontë’s Strange Events

In 1826 Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. It is well known that Branwell and his sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, each seized a soldier, named it, and went on to create a whole world centred on these figures. Charlotte chose Wellington, Branwell opted for Napoleon, Emily… Continue reading The Young Men’s Magazine and Charlotte Brontë’s Strange Events

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Green Dwarf by Charlotte Brontë

The Green Dwarf: A Tale of the Present Tense is a novella by Charlotte Brontë. Finished on 2nd September 1833 when Charlotte was just 17 years old, it is part of the Glass Town saga, taking place just months before the creation of the Kingdom of Angria in early 1834, which would then become the principal… Continue reading The Green Dwarf by Charlotte Brontë

Harry Potter, Literature, Uncategorized

The End of Harry Potter?

Although this article briefly discusses the recently released film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it is spoiler free, so relax and enjoy the read. Almost twelve years ago I was eagerly anticipating the final book in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series about her eponymous boy wizard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The expectation was phenomenal not just because the… Continue reading The End of Harry Potter?

Heritage, photography, Uncategorized

Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Lest We Forget

Over the past few months I've been involved in the ongoing efforts to restore and preserve an historic graveyard. You can find a link to my previous posts documenting our efforts by clicking here. Over the past few weeks some of my fellow volunteers have been working hard on a project to commemorate those who… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Lest We Forget