Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:30 am by M. in , , , ,    4 comments
Lots of events for today April 21:

In Haworth:
The Old School Room, Haworth, 11am - 4pm
Charlotte's Birthday Party

We're throwing a party for Charlotte and everyone is invited! There will be tea, birthday cake and a few surprises, so please come along and help us celebrate.

We'll be joined by pupils from Haworth Primary School, who will perform early scenes from Jane Eyre and during the afternoon we'll have music from local performers Charlotte Jones and Eddie Lawler, also known as the Bard of Saltaire.

Members of Otley Cycling Club will be riding between Thornton and Haworth with a floral tribute, which will be laid in the Parsonage Garden at approximately 1pm.  Rev Peter Mayo-Smith will lead the proceedings and there will be a reading by our 2016 creative partner Tracy Chevalier.

Artist Julia Ogden will help visitors make a birthday card for Charlotte and there will also be the opportunity to learn more about the Brontë Society.

At 2.45pm Great British Bake Off contestant Sandy Docherty will present a cake baked especially for the occasion and at 4pm a rose bush (kindly donated by David Austin Roses) will be planted in Charlotte's honour.
In Thornton:
At St James' Church, Thornton
Wreath-laying ceremony
April 21st 2016 11:00am - 11:30am

To mark the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's birth, the Brontë Society is hosting a special wreath-laying ceremony at St James' Church in Thornton, close to the remnants of the Brontë Bell Chapel where Charlotte was baptised in 1816. All welcome.
At St James' Church, Thornton
Tea with Charlotte. Talk by Christa Ackroyd
April 21st 2:00pm

Christa Ackroyd with her vast knowledge of the Brontë's will sharing a great talk about Charlotte in the church building.
In Dewsbury:
Dewsbury Library
Charlotte Brontë in Three Locations - 10.30 - 11.30am
Talk by Richard Wilcocks

I will be reading extracts from Charlotte's letters and from Jane Eyre, and I will also be in role as John Benson Sidgwick, the partner in a mill business who owned Stonegappe, where she was an unhappy governess for a short while. He will see the situation from his point of view.
The three locations are Roe Head School in Mirfield, Stonegappe and Wycoller Hall, the inspiration for Ferndean. (Brontë Parsonage Blog
In Cleckheaton:
Cleckheaton Library. A Nordic walk to the ‘lost’ Brontë grave of Charlotte’s cousin Rose Ann Heslip in Whitechapel Church and beyond, followed by a Brontë talk.

1pm-3pm: Cleckheaton Library. Children’s Brontë story-building class with local children’s writer. Young writers will be able to create their own miniature storybook, like the Brontë sisters did as children. (Source)
In Liversedge:
Three of Charlotte Brontë’s relations will be guests at a bicentennial event at Healds Hall Hotel in Liversedge at 12.30pm on Thursday April 21.
The Queen’s 90th birthday will also be toasted. To book call the hotel on 01924 409112. (Source)
In Manchester:
Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 15:30 to 17:00
Charlotte Brontë’s Birthday Tea

Did you know that Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell were good friends, and that Charlotte visited 84 Plymouth Grove?
We at the House would like to invite you to celebrate Charlotte's 200th birthday and the friendship between these two authors.
Join us for a cream tea and hear readings from Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘Life of Charlotte Brontë', the first of Charlotte’s biographies, published in 1857.
In Banagher (Ireland):
Thats Beats Banagher – The Festival 2016 Banagher celebrates Brontë 200
Thursday 21st April 7.00pm to 10.30pm
Charlotte's Birthday Celebration
Miscellany (Readings & Music) St Pauls Church
Unveiling of wall plaque
Charlotte’s Birthday Celebration at Charlotte’s Way
EDIT: Pictures of the event here.

In Naples (Italy):
Sezione italiana della Brontë Society
Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli -sezione venezuelana
April 21, 2016 - 16:00
Bicentenary della nascita di Charlotte Brontë

Non Solo Jane Eyre: Le altre eroine di Charlotte Brontë
by Maddalena De Leo
Sfogliando Jane Eyre: pagine di ricordare
by Caterina Lerro

In Bronte (Italy):
Comune di Bronte
Onorate di chiamarci Brontë
Auditorium Real Collegio Capizzi
April 21, 9:30

Collegamento in diretta video da Napoli con la Prof. Maddalen De Leo
Dott.ssa Tiziana Tardi ... Il legme fra Bronte e la letteratura inglese Sara Scarafia
Prof.ssa Maria Giovanna Mavica ... I nostri studenti e le sorelle Brontë
In Sydney (Australia):
Australian Brontë AssociationApril 22, 10.30 AM
Bicentenary Dinner & Book Launch – Celebrating Charlotte
The Grand Dining Room (Cello’s), Castlereagh Boutique Hotel
In a day so full of Charlotte-y things, we have a small place for an Emily event:
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 21, 7.30pm
Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at the corner of 10th and Main streets in Rolla, MO

The Missouri S&T Men’s Choir will perform “Solstice” by Tim Sarsany, “Ghao Shan Qing” by Reed Criddle and “I See the Heaven’s Glories Shine” with music by Andrea Ramsey with text based on the poem of the same name by Emily Brontë. [Well, actually is No Coward Soul is Mine]


  1. In Banagher (Italy)

    I think you mean Ireland there : )

    Happy Birthday , Charlotte!

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  3. I'm overdosing on Charlotte today ... thinking about the highly redeeming aspects of the St. John and Mr. Rochester characters ... I like to think that if Charlotte were writing a purely gothic novel, their flaws would have been stripped away ... but they remain my two most inspirational men of fiction ... Thank you Charlotte ... Rest in Peace ... Joe