Friday, June 09, 2017

Friday, June 09, 2017 12:30 am by M. in , , ,    No comments
The Brontë Society Summer Festival & AGM begins tomorrow June 9:
Friday 9 June

12.30   Tea with the Trustees
Cobbles and Clay, Haworth

15.00  Unpicking the Mystery of Charlotte Brontë's 'Thackeray Dress'
West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

Dress historian Eleanor Houghton talks about Charlotte Brontë’s blue and white delaine dress which was displayed recently at the Morgan Library in New York. Eleanor will offer insight into the subsequent ownership of the garment, its cut and its construction as well as the production and printing of the fabric. Attempts will also be made to answer whether this dress was worn to a dinner held in Charlotte’s honour at the home of William Makepeace Thackeray in June 1850. Finally, following a recent collaboration with the Department of Electro-Chemistry at the University of Southampton, Eleanor will reveal new findings that offer scientific insight into the fibres, dyes, mordants and methods used to produce the beautiful blue fabric that remains so vivid to this day.
Eleanor Houghton is in the third year of her PhD at the University of Southampton, and is focusing her studies particularly on the clothing of Charlotte Brontë.

19.30 From Page to Stage
West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth
Talk by Sally Cookson and Judith Adams.
Chaired by Yvette Huddleston

The National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic’s acclaimed production of Jane Eyre is currently touring the UK. In this event, Sally Cookson, who adapted and directed the show, is joined by dramatist and playwright Judith Adams to discuss the challenges of adapting a novel for the stage. The event will be chaired by Yvette Huddleston, arts correspondent at the Yorkshire Post.  

Saturday,  10 June

09.45  Annual Lecture: Blake Morrison: The Brontë Family and Other Attachments
Hall Green Baptist Chapel, Haworth
Yorkshire-born writer Blake Morrison explores the complex family dynamic that resulted in some of the greatest novels in the English language – and reflects on his lifelong fascination with the Brontës.
Blake Morrison has written poetry, fiction, memoirs, literary criticism and libretti. He is probably best-known for his two memoirs And When Did You Last See Your Father? (which was made into a film with Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Juliet Stevenson) and Things My Mother Never Told Me. His novels include South of the River and The Last Weekend (the latter was made into a three-part television drama), and his poetry collections The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, Pendle Witches and Shingle Street. He has also adapted six plays for the Halifax-based theatre company Northern Broadsides, including a reworking of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters as a play about the Brontës. Born in Skipton, he now lives in London, where he is professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths University.

11.30  Church Service
St. Michaels & All Angels Church, Haworth

14.00 Annual General Meeting
West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

18.00 'Diamonds & Donors' Reception
Brontë Parsonage Museum

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

Andrew and Nat were commissioned by three literary festivals to celebrate the Brontë legacy through the production of new work inspired by the creative siblings. Following their successful tour throughout the north of England, we are delighted to welcome Andrew and Nat to Haworth, the home of the Brontë family and the place where they created their great works.
Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988; his debut collection physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award. The collection also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, a Somerset Maugham Award (2016), an Eric Gregory Award (2016) and a Northern Writers’ award (2014), and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2015. Andrew currently lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and lives in Manchester.

Nat Johnson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Sheffield. Nat’s work has earned her national press acclaim, songwriting commissions, several live sessions for BBC 6 Music and support from various BBC DJs including Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley and Janice Long. Following a period with the band Monkey Swallows the Universe, Nat now works as a solo artist, and released a solo album, Neighbour of the Year, in late 2014.

Sunday, 11 June

09:00 Members' private viewing
Brontë Parsonage Museum

10:00 Brontë Treasures
Brontë Parsonage Museum
This fundraising event offers a unique opportunity to view treasures of the Museum collection in the company of our Principal Curator Ann Dinsdale.

14.00 Sunday Guided Walk: Brontë Waterfalls and Top Withins
Outside the Museum Bookshop

19.00 Members Social Evening
Old White Lion Hotel, Haworth

Monday, 12 June

08.30 A Full Day Excursion to Dove Cotage and Grasmere

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