Of course, with all this running around the North, there was no way we’d miss out the familiar Brontë staple – their lifelong home, Haworth!
Our friends at Ponden Hall, an old haunt of the Brontës, reputedly the model for numerous elements of Emily’s Wuthering Heights and many other works by the family, are hosting us for not one but TWO fantastic events.
The first is our Brontë Readings, taking place on 24th September at 6pm to mark the 167th anniversary of the death of the only male Brontë sibling, Branwell. Hear excerpts of beautiful poetry and vivid storytelling interspersed with discussion about the famous family’s lives, enjoy some truly excellent food (We’ve sampled it. It’s gorgeous.) and experience a tour around the ancient house where you might learn some of its many secrets!
We’re back at Ponden on Halloween night at 7pm for an evening of some of the more spine-tingling excerpts from the Brontë canon. You can enjoy a sumptuous Halloween feast, hear creepy stories from Ponden’s long history, take a tour (see THAT box-bed and window) then sit around the crackling fire to share your own eerie tales. You are welcome to bring your own wine!
Booking in advance is vital. Call 01535 648608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to book for either or both of the events.
On Tuesday 22nd September, we’ll be at York Explore Library at 6pm, discussing the Brontës’ connection with the town and the ill-fated employment taken up by Anne and Branwell in nearby Little Ouseburn, which was to mark the beginning of the end for the family.
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We’ll soon be taking a much-needed holiday, but not before we’ve returned to Scarborough for a special poetry-and-prose reading honouring Anne, the “forgotten” Brontë sister. We’ll be at Wardle & Jones bookshop on Bar Street from 2pm – 3pm this coming Saturday 5th September!
After this, on Tuesday 22nd September, we’re over at York Explore Library at 6pm, discussing the Brontës’ connection with the town and the ill-fated employment taken up by Anne and Branwell in nearby Little Ouseburn, which was to mark the beginning of the end for the family. Expect poignancy and scandal in equal measure!
We’re heading to Ponden Hall in Haworth on Thursday 24th at 6pm, to mark the 167th anniversary of Branwell’s death. Take a tour around the astonishing ancient family home, see the bedrooms, views and library that inspired the young Brontës and tuck in to some gorgeous traditional fare. Call 01535 648608 for further details.
Back to Scarborough for the 1st October, where we’ll be at the Library at 6pm in anticipation of National Poetry Day! Hear the work of a family that inspired and intrigued generations of future writers and artists.
Finally, we’ll be back to Ponden in Haworth for Halloween With The Brontës, where you can hear chilling excerpts from the family’s writings as well as ghastly tales from local folklore and enjoy a lovely autumnal meal. This event is available via pre-booking only. Call 01535 648608 to reserve your place.
All this, AND our show, The Dissolution of Percy, opens this November!