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I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Reality Versus Fantasy in Charlotte Brontë’s Roe Head Journal.

The 21st April 2019 marks the 203rd birthday of my favourite writer of all time, Charlotte Brontë.  Strong willed, fierce, determined, and incredibly talented, I am in complete awe of her. To celebrate Charlotte's birthday in 2018 I wrote a post about some of her lesser known works from her Glass Town and Angrian saga… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Reality Versus Fantasy in Charlotte Brontë’s Roe Head Journal.

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Grief Is…

On Wednesday 10th April, the time finally came to say goodbye to my best friend and partner in crime, the sweetest dog the world has ever known, Bob the Bichon. Regular readers of my blog may remember my post from last year, Bob the Bichon and the Brontës where I documented Bob's arrival with our family 8… Continue reading Grief Is…

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Remembering Charlotte Brontë

March 31st 2019 marks the 164th anniversary of the death of my favourite writer of all time, Charlotte Brontë. Best known to the world for her literary masterpiece Jane Eyre (1847), Charlotte also penned the novels Shirley (1849), her second masterpiece, the magnificent but sadly underrated Villette (1853) and The Professor (posthumously published in 1857). In addition to these adult novels, she… Continue reading Remembering Charlotte Brontë

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A Hidden Hero of English Literature: Remembering Patrick Brontë on St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday 17th March 2019 is St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's national day, and traditionally a celebration of the life of St. Patrick himself, a 5th century Christian missionary from Roman Britain (some sources say Scotland, some Cumbria which is just south of the border between England and Scotland). There are various different sources and accounts of… Continue reading A Hidden Hero of English Literature: Remembering Patrick Brontë on St. Patrick’s Day

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Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: The Story of Willie Ellin

Introduction In her childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, Charlotte Brontë wrote hundreds of stories and poems which were set in her childhood fantasy worlds of Glass Town and Angria. Initially shared with all three of her surviving siblings, this creative collaboration fractured in 1831 as her sisters Anne and Emily moved away to create their… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: The Story of Willie Ellin

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Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

This is a short post to wish Anne Brontë, the youngest member of our beloved Brontë family, a very happy birthday. Anne was born in Thornton, Yorkshire to Patrick and Maria Brontë on the 17th January 1820. It's strange to think that the baby of the family would have been the ripe old age of 199 today. Anne… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Anne Brontë

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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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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

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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

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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