Over to York

Yesterday was a really beautiful day, and I’m glad I mad the most of it by heading over to York, one of the most beautiful cities I can think of!

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I started off by creating the cover of my next folk/grunge/indie album on the city walls: IMG_0013

I’d come on a really good day – it was the York Food Festival and the whole city smelled delicious.

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To distract myself from my only weakness – food – I entertained myself by indulging my other weakness – old stuff. Ok, I have two weaknesses. But York is fab for antiques, and look at this!

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Seen in the window of an armour shop. An armour shop. Let that sink in.
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A nice little collection of weaponry for the discerning 18th/19th century shopper.

Once I’d messed about enough, I headed over to my venue for the evening. The library, York Explore, is absolutely superb, with oak-panelled events spaces, interactive whiteboards, a cafe, full seasonal programmes of events and, of course, a staggering collection of books, archives, records… I really enjoyed myself there!

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And they actually gave me my own little room to prepare in! Now, I’m not going to get too big for my boots and call it a “dressing room”, but…

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York is always a lovely day out, and this was a great way to end it. The readings went very well, and the audience members had some really interesting questions at the end. Citing Branwell’s influence on his sisters’ literary interests at an early age, as well as their later habit of drawing on a few of his experiences as a basis for happenings in their work, one lady asked whether I thought there would BE a Brontë canon if it wasn’t for their brother. A question without a sure answer, as we knew, but an interesting one to consider. I responded that I like to think there would have been, though it would be very different, particularly in the case of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

We’ve only a couple more readings to go – one at Ponden Hall in Haworth tomorrow (email talks@ponden.force9.co.uk to book!), and one at Scarborough Library on 1st October.

Following these, we’re back at Ponden with a great set of readings for Halloween. You can bring your own ghost story, enjoy a delicious autumnal feast and snuggle up by the flickering fire before an atmospheric tour of the ancient house. Again, email talks@ponden.force9.co.uk to join in!

We’ll hopefully see you at one of our upcoming events, or you can come along to our production, The Dissolution of Percy, which is in Salford and Haworth this November.

Now we need to hurry off and prepare for our trip to Haworth tomorrow, so, in the words of that big girt church someone stuck in the middle of York:

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Over to York

Dangerous To Know Comes to York

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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.

Booking in advance is vital. Get your tickets for free here!

Dangerous To Know Comes to York

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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!

Upcoming Events!

More Brontë readings to come!

After the success of our big campaign in June, in which AD Caroline Lamb walked 130 miles in one week, stopping off to deliver readings of poetry, prose and letters by the Brontë family, we thought we’d crack the little black folder out a second time for a few of the important Brontë-related sites we’ve not yet covered* (the walking boots are staying at home this time!)

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While dates are still being confirmed, we are pleased to announce that our intimate, enlightening, fun and slightly scandalous event will soon be delivered in Scarborough, Ambleside and York during August and September. Other sites may yet be added!

CLICK HERE: Readings announced in Westmorland Gazette

CLICK HERE: Readings announced in Yorkshire Times

CLICK HERE: Readings reviewed on Brontë Society Blog

*Yes, we do know about London and Brussels. One day!

More Brontë readings to come!