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'Remembering Branwell' event takes place on Sunday 14th September 2014 at 11.30am, South Square Gallery, Thornton BD13 3LD.
The event will preview the film 'A Humble Station' written and narrated by Simon Zonenblick with a discussion and a buffet (£5) For further details call 01274-830788 (Via Brontë Parsonage Facebook Wall)
The evening will also feature a locally-produced film, A Humble Station describing Branwell Brontë’s years in Calderdale, with footage of the local area and thoughts from with local writers and community figures, as well as an interview with Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manager at The Brontë Parsonage, and author of The Brontës at Haworth. Produced and filmed by photographer and cinematographer Darren Fleming, with a specially written score by Isolde Davey, the film will shine a light on the two influential years in Branwell’s life when, attempting to establish himself in poetry and painting, he worked in the railway stations at Sowerby Bridge and Luddendenfoot. The film includes Branwell’s paintings and excerpts of his poetry, as well as an exclusive musical setting of one of his poems. Written and narrated by myself, A Humble Station? is very much a Sowerby Bridge film and brings to life one of the area’s more unsung residents. I told the Halifax Courier that “The sad story of Branwell’s eventual decline is well documented - but I want to look at Branwell’s many strengths and skills, and in particular the influence of the Calder Valley on his poetry and art.” With this short film, which features interviews and readings from poets Freda Davis, Gaia Holmes and Genevieve Walsh, local writer Jean Illingworth, historian David Cant, artist Richard Gray and many more, viewers are invited to come and learn something more about the much-maligned brother to Yorkshire's favourite literary sisters and discover his links to the area.