Monday, 26 June 2017

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Branwell 200th anniversary 26 June & Poetry at the Parsonage 1 July

With details of Poetry at the Parsonage and the 200th birthday celebration of Branwell's birth at the Bronte Parsonage Museum:



Help us celebrate the 200th anniversary of Branwell Brontë's birth!
Monday 26 June marks 200 years since the birth of Branwell Brontë, and we will be celebrating the day in style! We're hosting a Bicentenary Breakfast in the house where he was born in Thornton, which is now Emily's Café and Bistro. Join Principal Curator Ann Dinsdale from 10.30am as she shares her experience of "living with Branwell" over the past 27 years, and tuck into a delicious selection of pastries! Tickets £15 / £12.50, available from our website.
We have lots going on at the Museum, too, with free talks on Branwell taking place at 11.30am and 2pm, plus an arty drop-in workshop giving you the chance to paint Branwell (or yourself!) back into the iconic Pillar Portrait runs between 11am-4pm, with all materials provided. At 3pm we will be screening A Humble Station, a documentary on Branwell by local filmmaker Simon Zonenblick, which explores Branwell's links to the Calder Valley and celebrates his time in this beautiful part of the country, and the work he produced while working on the railways there. Finally, Branwell's drinking pal John Brown is dropping in to the Museum from 11.30am, and will be sharing a few tales about his good friend.
All activities are free with admission to the Museum, so why not come along on this special day and help us to celebrate the life and times of Branwell Brontë.
Poetry at the Parsonage, 1 July - poet-led workshops & a star-studded reading featuring Simon Armitage, Clare Shaw and more
Head to Haworth on Saturday 1 July for Poetry at the Parsonage, a celebration of verse-smiths and rhymers, lyricists, storytellers, rappers, slammers, verbal improvisers, street rhetoricians, pop-up poets and spoken word artists of every persuasion. Six of the country's most acclaimed poets will each lead a two-hour workshop before coming together in the evening for a not-to-missed Poetryopolis reading in the Old School Room - a veritable feast of poetic talent! Tickets £14 (£2 for 16-25 year olds) and can be booked via our website.
Clare Shaw leads a workshop on the importance of dealing with difficult experiences through poetry in Writing the Shadows, while our Creative Partner Simon Armitage's sold out workshop explores The Great Indoors and the role of space and place in poetry. Zaffar Kunial, winner of the Geoffrey Dearmer prize, will focus on the fine art of poetry editing, while T S Eliot Prize winner Jacob Polley examines the micro-decisions that make up a poem in his session, Small World. Forward Prize winner Kei Miller explores poetic articulation and ways of observing the world, while UK Next Generation Poet Patience Agbabi rounds off the day with a performance-focused session on Telling Tales. Head to our website for tickets and further information, or telephone 01535 640192. Workshop places £20 (£10 for 16-25 year olds).  Why not make the most of the day with our special combined ticket offer - just £30 for a workshop and poetry reading! (Telephone bookings only)
Kei Miller
Patience Agbabi
Zaffar Kunial
Plus a vibrant Open Mic session in the Old School Room!
Come along to the Old School Room between 11am and 5pm and enjoy readings from over 30 poets from around the region, showcasing the best of Yorkshire’s poetic talent. Mark Connors of Word Club, Leeds, will be your compere for the day in this unique opportunity to hear some of the most vibrant poetic voices on the scene. Entry is free and there will be a bar serving refreshments throughout the day. Not to be missed!
Calling all Wuthering Heights superfans!
We've been contacted by an American film crew, who are seeking to interview Emily Brontë lovers who travel or have travelled in the past to Haworth in order to live out their Catherine Earnshaw fantasies. They'd love to hear about why the novel and its characters speak so strongly to its many fans, and will be filming in Haworth this August. Please contact for more information and to share your stories!
NB - the film crew are not affiliated with The Brontë Society or the Museum in any way, and are an entirely external organisation.
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Until next time,
From all at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

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