Brontë, Flash fiction, Juvenilia, Literature

Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Hidden Treasure Charlotte Brontë looked at the quill in her hand and felt irritable. Abandoning her writing and walking to the parsonage window, she reflected on her surroundings. Haworth’s cobbled streets and countryside had provided an excellent setting for her childhood adventures; the four surviving Brontë siblings had roamed the moors whenever the weather had… Continue reading Hidden Treasure: More Brontë Flash Fiction

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

When we think of fiction produced by the Brontës, we conjure up images of brooding anti-heroes, poor governesses, and wild Yorkshire moors; we do not tend to think of toy soldiers, tiny books, and African fantasy worlds. Charlotte (1816-1855), Emily (1818-1848), and Anne (1820-1849) were born to Patrick and Maria Brontë in the small village… Continue reading Toy Soldiers, Tiny Books, and an Enormous World

Brontë, Lifestyle, Literature, Uncategorized

“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

For those who need to hear this today; you got this. You will get through whatever terrible thing is currently occupying your mind. It will pass. Time is a healer. Be patient. Be kind to yourself. Reader, stay safe.’ It's OK not to be OK. In the UK there are organisations such as The Samaritans,… Continue reading “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”

Brontë, Literature

A Tale of Two Glass Towns – coming soon.

Reader, it's time to share some exciting news with you. I've accepted a publishing contract for my novel, A Tale of Two Glass Towns. There are a few references to our beloved Brontës in there (of course), but there is also so much more. I do hope that you'll share my journey to publication and beyond.… Continue reading A Tale of Two Glass Towns – coming soon.

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Making of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: The Crow Emporium Illustrated Edition

Hello reader, welcome to a wonderful, moving, and inspiring guest post. I've made no secret of that fact that I adore the Brontë pieces I've purchased from The Crow Emporium. One of my favourites is the newly released illustrated edition of Charlotte's Jane Eyre. It's a beautiful edition, lovingly crafted, and has pride of place on my… Continue reading The Making of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: The Crow Emporium Illustrated Edition

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow by Mimi Matthews. A Preview

Normally I don't do previews of books on my blog, however, this post was supposed to be a review of John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow by Mimi Matthews, inspired of course by Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Due to illness I have been unable to get through the novel but it's one that I'm thoroughly… Continue reading John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow by Mimi Matthews. A Preview

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“Sir – it is well known that the Genii” – a Fragment by UT a.k.a. Charlotte and Branwell Brontë

I'm going back to the beginning again and taking a look at one of the earliest pieces of Brontë juvenilia. This is an untitled fragment now known as "Sir - it is well known that the Genii", which is taken from the first few lines of the piece. This is such a short piece that… Continue reading “Sir – it is well known that the Genii” – a Fragment by UT a.k.a. Charlotte and Branwell Brontë

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry

I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It – a Flash Fiction Tribute to the Brontës

I recently came across a wonderful new Twitter account which asks for submission for 30 word stories. I’ve not been in the best of health recently and at times I’ve felt that nobody and nothing could ever pull me through – not even the Brontës. But whilst reading about flash fiction, an idea was born.… Continue reading I’m Just Going to Write Because I Cannot Help It – a Flash Fiction Tribute to the Brontës

Literature, Uncategorized

Reading Challenge 2021 Update.

We all had our fingers crossed for 2021. For me personally it really hasn't been so great. It has still been filled with books though. Now that we’re pretty much halfway through 2021 I thought I’d share with you an update on my reading challenge. I set myself a target of 20 new books for… Continue reading Reading Challenge 2021 Update.

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literary Archives, Literature

The Keep of the Bridge by Charlotte Brontë

It's been a little while since my last post on here so I thought it would be nice to get back to basics with another look at a piece of Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia. "The Keep of the Bridge" is a short tale, little more than a fragment, but like other pieces of her early fiction,… Continue reading The Keep of the Bridge by Charlotte Brontë