Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 12:06 am by M. in , , ,    No comments
Activities celebrating Charlotte Brontë's 199th birthday in Thornton, Haworth and London:

In Thornton, at Emily's by de Luca Boutique:

In Haworth, at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
April 21st 2015 - April 22nd 2015

To celebrate the 199th birthday of Charlotte Brontë, visitors to the Museum on Tuesday 21 April will have the opportunity to spend some time in the library with Ann Dinsdale, our Collections Manager, and see some of the treasures of our collection at close quarters.
Library sessions will take place at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.  Although included in the price of admission to the Museum, places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  
In London, at The Trouble's Club:
Bonnie Greer & Judith Watts: Fan Fiction Workshop
April 21 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
She was a square, looking to find place to settle. He was tall, handsome, educated but kind of lonely, and needed someone to tutor his kid. But all was not as it seemed. In the shady attic corners of the large house, events were taking place that young Adele would certainly not be allowed to see.
Ok, not the greatest writing I admit but what you are reading is Trouble’s terrible attempt at doing fanfiction on Charlotte Brontë ’s Jane Eyre. We think you can probably do better, especially when guided by acclaimed critic and playwright Bonnie Greer and Judith Watts, author and publishing lecturer at Kingston University.

The two will be leading a workshop of fanfiction as a “Gateway to Your Own Voice” They will talk a bit about this new genre – 50 Shades of Grey grew out of Twilight, which name checks another  Brontë great: Emily.  All you need to do is know the plot of Jane Eyre (if you haven’t read the novel, a wikipedia-style précis and a few pages of its dialogue will do) and prepare your pens.

As Bonnie says: “This an empowering exercise. Everybody can write. You just need to begin to explore your own “line”. And you never stop learning. Fan fiction is a great way to begin… and could even become a lucrative career. I’m learning to do it  for pleasure. I think it can really expand the creative voice. I have a lot of respect for FF.”

Bonnie is President of the  Brontë Society, and this is part of her BSide project – aiming to bring their works into the 21st Century… and by extension, all great classics. This is the beginning of the 200th birthday anniversaries – in succession – of Charlotte, (2016) Branwell, Emily and Anne.  “They’re more in our heads than we know. ”

Judith loves the way Fan Fiction fires the imagination. A writer of erotic fiction, she enjoys the freedom it brings (Rochester beds Darcy), and how it brings reading and writing together. Judith is also working on a PhD in the Mills & Boon archives to become a Dr of Desire.


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