Hello and welcome to Brontë Babe Blog. I’m Nicola, a Brontëite and MA graduate of Literature with a passion for late eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature. The topic of my MA dissertation was Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia, and I am continuing to research this as an independent scholar as PhD funding proved elusive despite my best efforts. I may not be a doctor or a professor, but I know the Brontës. I started this blog with the aim of introducing readers and fellow Brontë enthusiasts to the early fiction, or juvenilia, of the siblings and I hope you enjoy my posts.
The Brontës’ early work was initially set in Glass Town, a fictional province in Africa, however, Anne and Emily later created their own world of Gondal. Charlotte and Branwell continued to develop their original world, with a focus on the new kingdom of Angria. For many years childhood writing and child authors have been dismissed and their literary merit questioned, however, there is much to appreciate and enjoy within these texts.
My essay on Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia has now been published in Volume 2, Number 2 of The Journal of Juvenilia Studies. The title is “A New Approach to Autobiography and Juvenilia: Re-Examining Charlotte Brontë’s Assumption of Power in her Paracosmic Counterworld”. It’s free to access online and I’d love it if you could take the time to give it a read. The link to the piece can be accessed by clicking here.
In September 2020 my short story, “A Tale of Two Glass Towns” was published in an anthology of Brontë-inspired ghost tales. Called I Know That Ghosts Have Wandered The Earth, it’s a fantastic collection full of pieces by some incredibly talented Brontëites and you can purchase a copy by clicking here.
I also focus on other aspects of the Brontës’ lives and literature and in addition to the juvenilia, I also blog about my visits to literary exhibitions such as the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s Brontë 200 celebrations, and my trips to Haworth.
You can also find some non-Brontë posts including my Diary of a Special Collections Intern, a series of posts documenting my 2018 internship as a Special Collections Library Assistant at Liverpool Hope University where I worked with literary archives and rare material. Also featured on this site are my posts documenting a local Adpot-a-Grave scheme that I am part of.
After losing my best friend and partner in crime, Bob the Bichon (2007-2019) last year, I decided to dedicate my posts to his memory. As Bob was a fellow lover of life, the Brontës, and Haworth, I think he would have appreciated this. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about him. He continues to inspire us and we miss him more than I can ever say.
To contact me with Brontë related material you think I might be interested in please either leave a comment below or you can send me message on Twitter where I’m under the name @BronteBabeBlog. You can also now find and contact me on my Brontë Babe Blog Facebook page where everyone is welcome.
I also have a side project where I blog about my love of Classic Crime Fiction over at The Classic Crime Chonicle. I’d love it if you joined me there.
Happy reading. Be kind and stay safe.
By Nicola F. a.k.a. The Brontë Babe.
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