When setting up Brontë Babe Blog it was my intention to introduce readers to the Brontë juvenilia in the hope of inspiring people to actually read texts from Charlotte and Branwell’s Glass Town/Angrian saga. Sadly most of Emily and Anne’s writings have been lost to time and what remains is difficult to piece together and… Continue reading People and Places from the Brontë Juvenilia Part One: Glass Town and Angria
It's the thing the whole world is talking about right now; coronavirus and its devastating effects on society, the economy, and humanity. Growing up in the Western world, few of us have ever experienced anything like this. The virus is a threat to health, wealth, life, and freedom. Although threats to the former three are… Continue reading I Am No Bird; And No Net Ensnares Me: More Life Lessons from the Brontës
Charlotte Brontë is my hero. I admire her mind, her talent, her courage, and her determination. When challenging circumstances arise in my own life I often find myself wondering what Charlotte would do in the same situation. The main piece of advice that has helped me may at first seem like a standard/expected/stereotypical reaction, but… Continue reading More Advice from Charlotte Brontë: Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.
For years now I’ve been drawn to the Brontë family. Not just their fascinating childhood writings and elaborate fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal, but their lives, relationships, and every day interactions. The two figures that draw me in repeatedly are my favourite writer of all time, the smart, strong, determined figure of… Continue reading Brother Branwell, Sister Charlotte: A Complex Collaboration
Let me travel back in time to April 2011. Almost a year after graduating with such high hopes from university, and after being turned down for MA funding, I was stuck in a bit of rut. In my hometown, once famous for its glass, we were hit hard by the recession, our heritage and industry… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It: Part 2 – When Glass Towns Collide
I have a lot of resolutions for 2020; things to do, places to see etc., however, like most bookworms I also have some more reading resolutions. Following a mainly successful 2019 Reading Challenge I've devised a new set of challenges for 2020 which you can find below. I've also set myself another Goodreads challenge which is… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2020
Way back in January I set myself a target of reading 30 new books in addition to specific literary tasks/challenges. Now that we're so close to the end of 2019, I thought I'd take the time to look back over my 2019 reading challenge to determine whether it was a success or a failure. I've… Continue reading 2019 Reading Challenge: Success or Failure?
Let's be honest, you can read a ghost story any time of the year, however, there's something so delicious about settling down with a spooky tale as the nights become colder and longer, and Halloween approaches. One such tale I was looking forward to reading this spooky season is Anita Frank's debut novel, The Lost Ones. I… Continue reading The Lost Ones by Anita Frank: Review
A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading a short, Brontë inspired story, Brizecombe Hall by Catherine E. Chapman. You can read my review of it by clicking here. Shortly afterwards I was delighted to be contacted by the author herself, who very kindly offered me a copy of her latest novel, Art and Grace, to read… Continue reading A Modern Regency Romance: Art and Grace by Catherine E. Chapman
Despite our love of and fascination with the Brontës, there are still many gaps in the story of the world's most famous literary sisters. In our quest to better know the lives, hearts, and minds of those who penned literary classics such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Brontëites have attempted to find out… Continue reading The Mother of the Brontës by Sharon Wright – Review