Brontë, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

More Advice from Charlotte Brontë: Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.

Charlotte Brontë is my hero. I admire her mind, her talent, her courage, and her determination. When challenging circumstances arise in my own life I often find myself wondering what Charlotte would do in the same situation. The main piece of advice that has helped me may at first seem like a standard/expected/stereotypical reaction, but… Continue reading More Advice from Charlotte Brontë: Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

A few months back a very interesting looking book caught my eye due to some intriguing and exciting snippets that I spotted doing the rounds on Twitter. One of the snippets was an illustration of Charlotte Brontë's adored hero from her worlds of Glass Town and Angria, the Duke of Zamorna, invading the real world… Continue reading Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg – Review

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration

For years now I’ve been drawn to the Brontë family. Not just their fascinating childhood writings and elaborate fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, but their lives, relationships, and every day interactions. The two figures that draw me in repeatedly are my favourite writer of all time, the smart, strong, determined figure of… Continue reading Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration

Brontë, Juvenilia, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide

Let me travel back in time to April 2011. Almost a year after graduating with such high hopes from university, and after being turned down for MA funding, I was stuck in a bit of rut. In my hometown, once famous for its glass, we were hit hard by the recession, our heritage and industry… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide

Brontë, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?

Way back in January I set myself a target of reading 30 new books in addition to specific literary tasks/challenges. Now that we're so close to the end of 2019, I thought I'd take the time to look back over my 2019 reading challenge to determine whether it was a success or a failure. I've… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

My obsession with the Brontë juvenilia and basically everything Charlotte ever wrote before penning her masterpiece, Jane Eyre, in 1847, meant that just the title of Glynnis Fawkes' new book, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre was enough to spark my interest. I'm glad to see an increasing focus on the Brontë juvenilia and the stories Charlotte,… Continue reading Review: Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

Brontë, Heritage, Juvenilia, Literature

A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.

The origins of the Brontë juvenilia are now legendary. In June 1826, Branwell Brontë was famously given a set of wooden toy soldiers by his father, Patrick. This seemingly unimportant event - a father gifting his son a set of toys to play with - has become monumental in the story of the Brontës. Patrick's gift… Continue reading A Tiny Book, a Big Campaign, and an Even Bigger World.

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth

Introduction Charlotte Brontë is best remembered as the author of Jane Eyre (1847), a literary masterpiece and 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 and her… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s Unfinished Novels: Ashworth

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

Despite our love of and fascination with the Brontës, there are still many gaps in the story of the world's most famous literary sisters. In our quest to better know the lives, hearts, and minds of those who penned literary classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brontëites have attempted to find out… Continue reading The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review

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Haworth and the Brontë Bell Chapel, Thornton

The small village of Haworth in West Yorkshire is famous for being the home of the Brontë family. It's a place I've loved to visit over the last few years, often accompanied by our lovely fluffy friend, Bob the bichon. Since Bob's passing in April, I hadn't felt able to return to Haworth because I… Continue reading Haworth and the Brontë Bell Chapel, Thornton