Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë

Over the years, so much has been said about Branwell Brontë. Branwell the black sheep, Branwell the thief, Branwell the drunk, Branwell the failure, Branwell the Brontë to be forgotten. Even in 2020, the Brontë Boy continues to divide opinion, with some criticising his habits and lifestyle, whilst others pity his addictions, troubles, and failures.… Continue reading “Of one, too, I have heard, A brother … But some dark shadow came…”: The Truth About Branwell Brontë

Brontë, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Unprecedented is a word that seems to be on everyone's lips at the minute due to the very strange time we find ourselves living in. 2020 is a year that's thrown previously unimaginable things at us all and it's been a year of horror, bewilderment, separation, and loss. It's hard not to look at the… Continue reading There Was No Possibility of Taking a Walk That Day: A Collection of Poems from the 2020 COVID-19 Lockdown

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

June 26th 2020 marks the 203rd birthday of Branwell Brontë. Born in 1817 to Patrick and Maria Brontë in Thornton, he was the fourth of six children, and the only boy in an intelligent, creative, yet poor family. After moving from Thornton to Haworth where the family took up residency in the now iconic Brontë… Continue reading Branwell Brontë: An Appreciation

Brontë, Music

Beyond Kate Bush: A New Wave of Brontë Inspired Music

Music and the Brontës? I'll be honest, when I think of the Brontës, music is not necessarily the thing that springs to my mind; tiny books, wild moors, strong heroines, anti-heroes, and even animal rights (thank you, Anne), but music, not really. What I love about the Brontës most of all though is their ability… Continue reading Beyond Kate Bush: A New Wave of Brontë Inspired Music

Brontë, Lifestyle, Literature

We Will Meet Again: Charlotte Brontë’s “Parting”

There's no doubt that we're currently living in a very strange time due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. In just a matter of weeks, many of the freedoms we took for granted have disappeared. This may be the freedom to use public transport, to go to work, to visit cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc., the freedom… Continue reading We Will Meet Again: Charlotte Brontë’s “Parting”

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Uncategorized

Branwell Brontë’s Misery

June 26th 2019 marks the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817-1848), ostensibly nothing but a failure and disappointment to his family. The only son of Patrick and Maria Brontë, Patrick Branwell (better known as Branwell) had lofty ambitions, great creativity, and ultimately fatal demons. He also had three incredibly talented and… Continue reading Branwell Brontë’s Misery

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

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Review – The Jane and Bertha in Me by Rita Maria Martinez

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 Review – The Jane and Bertha in Me by Rita Maria Martinez

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Branwell Brontë: Poet, Son, Brother. Father?

Although there are hundreds of poets that I could choose to specifically honour this World Poetry Day, with some of my favourites being the Williams Shakespeare and Blake, Emily Brontë, and Sylvia Plath, the honour instead falls to the mad, bad, and dangerous to know, (thanks, Caroline Lamb), Branwell Brontë. Yes, I'm choosing to honour the work of the "disgraced" Brontë over that of his sisters.

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

“Haworth Churchyard”

"Haworth Churchyard" is a poem by Matthew Arnold which first appeared in Fraser's Magazine in May 1855, less than two months after the death of the last living Brontë sibling, Charlotte. It is a piece that until very recently I was unfamiliar with despite my mania for all things Brontë, and is a worthy addition to my… Continue reading “Haworth Churchyard”