• Exploring the Brontës at Bradford Literature Festival

  • Sat, 06-07-2019 at 10:00
  • Bradford Literature Festival
    University of Bradford
    BD7 1DP City of Bradford
Exploring the Brontës at Bradford Literature Festival - Bradford Literature Festival - Bradford

Each year, we host a whole strand of events exploring the lives, works and passions of the Brontë family. Whether you are a Brontë fanatic or a curious beginner, our events throw fascinating new light on Bradford's most famous family. EVENTS | SATURDAY 6TH JULYMidland Hotel | £7 per event, concession tickets are availableImaginary Worlds: Glass Town, Angria & Gondal | 10amIn this fascinating event, historian and Brontë expert Emma Butcher and principal curator at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Ann Dinsdale, take a closer look into the fictional worlds created by the Brontë children, exploring the ways these early manuscripts provide a glimpse into the literary genius of the Brontës’ later works and remain an important artefact in understanding their family dynamics.Reverend Patrick Brontë | 11.30amWho was the man who raised the literary tour de force that became the Brontë sisters? In this enlightening talk, acclaimed historian Juliet Barker parses out the myths and truths about the man, exploring his views on education and religion, as well as his portrayals as a strict, reclusive figure in Brontë biographies.The Years That Shaped the Brontës | 2pmThis panel explores the Brontës’ adolescence in depth, searching for catalyst moments in their lives and reflecting on the environments and figures that went on to shape their literary masterpieces. Brontë historians and writers Emma Butcher, Sophie Franklin and Claire O’Callaghan gather together in discussion with Juliet Barker.Bad Men & The Brontës | 3.30pmFor almost two centuries, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have featured on lists of English literature’s most epic and affecting romances. Join us as we explore the real-life inspiration for the fascinating figures of Heathcliff and Rochester. Broadcaster Bidisha and poet Andrew Mitchell discuss these two flawed, complex characters through the lens of today’s feminist landscape and explore their enduring appeal for modern readers.The Brontë Legacy | 5pmAs the surviving Brontë sister at the time of Emily and Anne’s early deaths, Charlotte controlled the public image and the legacy of her family. In this event chaired by Jodie Matthews, Juliet Barker joins Ann Dinsdale to explore how Charlotte curated her family’s legacy, consequently influencing the impressions of figures like her father, Patrick Brontë, and biographer, Elizabeth Gaskell.TOURS | SUNDAY 7TH JULYBrontë Heritage Tour | £35 (no concessions available)Learn more about Patrick Brontë and his famous family in this fascinating tour, led by Brontë enthusiast Christa Ackroyd. Journey by vintage coach to the Brontës’ childhood home in Thornton village and lunch at Branwell Brontë’s favourite local spot, the Lord Nelson pub. All the while, you’ll be treated to marvellous views of the same moors that called to Heathcliff and Catherine, as well as intriguing historical insights on the family from our knowledgeable guide and host. The tour also includes admission to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, located in the house where the sisters penned their beloved novels.In the Footsteps of the Brontës | £7Walk with Brontë Stones Project originator and author, Michael Stewart, as he follows in the footsteps of the famous sisters. Starting at the Brontës’ birthplace in Thornton village and ending at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, this is a unique opportunity to hear the story behind the written responses of Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Bush, Jackie Kay, and Jeanette Winterson to the famous literary siblings – each piece specially commissioned by the festival in 2018.Please note that the eight-mile route is challenging and includes narrow stiles, very uneven ground, hills, steps, and slippery surfaces. Appropriate footwear is essential. Please pack a lunch! Walkers must arrange their own transport back from Haworth.CONCESSIONSFREE via the website - Anyone on benefits or living in social housing, refugees, asylum seekers, those living on a state pension.FREE via the box office only - Anyone caring for a disabled audience member (call 01274 238525, 9am-5pm, Mon- Friday)DISCOUNTED via the website - students, senior citizens, the disabled.