October 3, 2015 Brontë Society Literary Luncheon Hollins Hall Marriott Hotel and Country Club, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire, England. guest speaker is Jolien Janzing, author of Charlotte Brontë’s Secret Love, which is due for release in the UK on 1st October, 2015.

October 10, 2015 – January 3, 2016 Linger: Ailís Ní Ríain We are delighted to present Linger, a music installation comprising a set of six new piano pieces composed for and performed on Emily Brontë’s piano by Irish contemporary classical composer Ailís Ní Ríain, who lives near Haworth.  Each composition reflects the essence of the room it is heard in.  Visitors to the museum are invited to dwell in quiet contemplation and thought; to linger.

Ailís Ní Ríain is an internationally prize-winning contemporary classical composer who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages. Ailís composes concert music, site-specific music installations, opera, music-theatre and often collaborates with artists working in other forms such as visual art, text, photography and illustration.

Event is free with admission to the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

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October 29, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Old School Room, Haworth, West Yorkshire, England Sophie Hannah: A Game For All the Family  Sophie Hannah, the queen of psychological crime fiction, visits Haworth to discuss her new novel, the acclaimed standalone thriller A Game For All the Family. Sophie will also talk about writing the hugely successful The Monogram Murders (2014), the first Poirot novel written since the death of Agatha Christie, and with the blessing of the Christie estate.

Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer and poet. Her psychological thrillers have received critical acclaim and have been listed for multiple industry awards. The Carrier (2013) won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Novel of the Year. Sophie’s books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been adapted for television.

Sophie is currently a Fellow Commoner at Lucy Cavendish College. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

Tickets are £6 and should be booked in advance. Contact the Brontë Society

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August 19-21, 2016 Brontë Society Bicentenary Conference 2016 Midland Hotel. Manchester, England. Keynote speakers: Prof. Germaine Greer, Prof. Sally Shuttlesworth and Claire Harman. Topic: “…the business of a woman’s life…” – Charlotte Brontë and the Woman Question“In 1837 Charlotte Brontë wrote to the poet Laureate, Robert Southey, for advice on a literary career. He replied that ‘literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life: & it ought not be’. R. Southey to C. Brontë, 12 March, 1837”.

“in honor of Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday, the Brontë Society has chosen to concentrate on the issue which most concerned Charlotte herself — the position of women in the mid-19th century. To examine the many facets of this subject, the speakers will address the theme from many different angles. Our keynote speaker is Professor Germaine Greer of Warwick University, for whom this topic is famously of particular interest. Among the other guest speakers are Professor Sally Shuttlesworth of Oxford University, a formidable expert on the medical and mental problems of women in the early Victorian era; Ms. Claire Harman, noted author of the new biography, Charlotte Brontë, a Life; and last but by no means least, Professor Christine Alexander, who is currently working on the first new scholarly edition of Jane Eyre in over 40 years.” (Source: Brontë Society)

Note: Brontë Society members have received a booking form to register for this event.

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October, 1840  Branwell Brontë employed as a clerk at Sowerby Bridge, Halifax West Yorkshire, England for the new Leeds-Manchester railway.

October 29, 1842  Charlotte and Emily return to Haworth from their school in Brussels, Belgium for the funeral of their aunt, Miss Elizabeth Branwell.

October 19, 1847  Charlotte’s novel Jane Eyre published by London publisher Smith, Elder & Company under her pen name Currer Bell, and is immediately popular.

October 26, 1849  Charlotte’s novel Shirley, written as a tribute to her deceased sister Emily published by Smith, Elder & Company under the pen name Currer Bell.

October 1861 Auction of household effects of Haworth Parsonage following death of Reverend Patrick Brontë.

Note: these events derived or quoted from Brontë Parsonage Museum – A Souvenir Guide (1998) © Brontë Society

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