Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

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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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

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

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

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, 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

Heritage, photography, Uncategorized

Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Six

It's been a few weeks since my last post about Windleshaw Chantry and the restoration of the surrounding graveyard. As regular readers will know by now, my mum and I have adopted a few graves as part of the adopt a grave project, and aim to help out with the actual restoration work (digging, weeding… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Six

Brontë, Internship, Literary Archives, Literature, Uncategorized

Visits to the Vault: Unearthing Archival Treasures and Brontë Connections

Earlier this year, I was awarded a paid internship working in Liverpool Hope University's Sheppard-Worlock library. My job was to search through uncatalogued books and recently donated material in certain sections of the library’s archives in order to locate material that may be relevant to History undergraduates during their dissertation preparation. In addition to this,… Continue reading Visits to the Vault: Unearthing Archival Treasures and Brontë Connections

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, my adopted and family graves, eerie warnings on headstones, and my attempts to tidy and unearth buried and neglected monuments.… Continue reading Adopt a Grave and Save Your Heritage Part Five