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Brontë Treasures: Visit the Brontë Parsonage Library
Wednesday 9th October, 11am–12.30pm
A unique opportunity to enjoy a private visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum library to see some of the Brontë treasures close up. The morning begins with behind-the-scenes access to the Brontës’ drawings, writings and belongings, with a chance to find out more about this inspirational family. Participants are then free to take their time looking around the museum.
Please note you will need to make your own way to Haworth.
Sunday, October 13th, 2013, 2:00 pm at Rombalds Hotel
Ilkley and the Festival: Literary Walk
40 Inspiring Years
A guided walk through the Festival’s history and literary links with local historian Alex Cockshott. From the Festival’s first office to the Ilkley visited by Ted Hughes, Charlotte Brontë and T.S. Eliot.
Festival Trip to Brontë Parsonage Museum
Women and Literature
Friday 18th October
Meet in Ilkley Car Park near Olicana Stationers, 10am–4pm
Join us on a coach trip to the refurbished Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. We’ll hear a talk about the remarkable Brontë family from the experts at the Parsonage, explore the Museum and then enjoy a guided walk around Haworth and its atmospheric graveyard. During the day there will be a break for lunch, which you can take at your leisure, in one of the many cafés in Haworth.
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 4:45 pm at Kings Hall
Women and Literature
Saturday 19th October at Kings Hall, 4.45–5.45pm
Kirsty Wark, one of the UK’s most experienced and prominent television journalists, discusses her upcoming fiction debut, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle, and the sense of place in the Brontës’ novels, with Executive Director of the Brontë Society, Professor Ann Sumner. Wark presents Newsnight and The Review Show for the BBC and has interviewed a host of household names, from Margaret Thatcher to Madonna, Damian Hirst and George Clooney.
Sunday, October 20th, 2013, 4:45 pm at Ilkley Playhouse Wharfeside
Writing Between the Lines
Sunday 20th October
at Ilkley Playhouse Wharfeside, 4.45–5.45pm
Members of Ilkley Young Writers Group perform their short stories and poems plus work inspired by items from the Brontë Parsonage.