Brontë, Literature, photography

The Brontë Parsonage

The Brontë Parsonage Museum was originally known as Glebe House when it was built in 1778-9. It's very first occupant was the Reverend John Richardson who died in 1791. Following Richardson's death, James Charnock officially occupied the Parsonage until his own death in 1819, but it remains unclear just how much time he actually spent… Continue reading The Brontë Parsonage

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Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Emma

Introduction Charlotte Brontë is best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre (1847), a literary masterpiece and quite possibly my favourite novel of all time. In her lifetime she also published two other novels, Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). Another novel, The Professor, was published posthumously in 1857 after being rejected by publishers a decade earlier. Prior to this in 1846, Poems by Charlotte… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Emma

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

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, 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

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. Firstly let me say a big thank you to all those who have taken the time to read the first three parts of this… 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