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Saturday 22 October 2016
Room P61, Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels
11.00: Presentation by Monica Wallace: ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Irish honeymoon’
In 1854 Charlotte Brontë, herself half Irish, married her father’s Irish curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, with whom she had nine months of happy marriage before dying in pregnancy just before her 39th birthday.
Monica Wallace, who is from Dublin and is the former Transport Attaché for Ireland to the EU, will have a look at the places and people they visited on their honeymoon in Ireland.
14.00: Talk by Blake Morrison
The writer Blake Morrison will talk about his interest in the Brontës, dating from his childhood growing up in Skipton near Haworth in Yorkshire, and his play ‘We Are Three Sisters’, an adaptation of Chekhov’s play to tell the story of the Brontës.
Blake Morrison’s award-winning memoir of his father, ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’, was made into a film in 2007. He is Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.