Welcome to Brontë Babe Blog
Hello and welcome to Brontë Babe Blog. I’m Nicola, a blogger, Brontëite, and MA Literature graduate. My main passion is the juvenilia of the Brontës, and obsession which began in 2011 when I stumbled upon a copy of Charlotte Brontë’s The Green Dwarf. The Brontës’ earliest works were initially set in Glass Town, a fictional province in Africa, however, Anne and Emily later created their own world of Gondal. Charlotte and Branwell continued to develop their original world, with a focus on the new kingdom of Angria.
I started this blog back in 2017 with the aim of introducing readers and fellow Brontë enthusiasts to the early fiction, or juvenilia, of the siblings and I hope you enjoy my posts. I also hope you’re inspired to seek out the juvenilia one day too.
My essay on Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia has now been published in Volume 2, Number 2 of The Journal of Juvenilia Studies. The title is “A New Approach to Autobiography and Juvenilia: Re-Examining Charlotte Brontë’s Assumption of Power in her Paracosmic Counterworld”. It’s free to access online and I’d love it if you could take the time to give it a read. The link to the piece can be accessed by clicking here.
I also focus on other aspects of the Brontës’ lives and literature and in addition to the juvenilia, I also blog about my visits to literary exhibitions such as the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s Brontë 200 celebrations, and my trips to Haworth and Wycoller. Additionally, I also feature and explore literature that is inspired by our favourite literary family.
You can also find some non-Brontë posts including my Diary of a Special Collections Intern, a series of posts documenting my 2018 internship as a Special Collections Library Assistant at Liverpool Hope University where I worked with literary archives and rare material. Also featured on this site are my posts documenting a local Adpot-a-Grave scheme that I am part of.
In September 2020 my short story, “A Tale of Two Glass Towns” was published in an anthology of Brontë-inspired ghost tales. Called I Know That Ghosts Have Wandered The Earth, it’s a fantastic collection full of pieces by some incredibly talented Brontëites and you can purchase a copy by clicking here.
After losing my best friend and partner in crime, Bob the Bichon (2007-2019) last year, I decided to dedicate my posts to his memory. As Bob was a fellow lover of life, the Brontës, and Haworth, I think he would have appreciated this. Thanks to everyone for their kind words about him. He continues to inspire us and we miss him more than I can ever say.
To contact me with Brontë related material you think I might be interested in please either leave a comment below or you can send me message on Twitter or Facebook.
Happy reading. Be kind and stay safe.
By Nicola F. a.k.a. The Brontë Babe.
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