Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

“We’re Raising a Bunch of Brontës”: Guest Post on the Brontë Juvenilia by Tracy Neis

I didn’t read about the Brontës juvenilia until the early 2000’s, more than twenty years after I first read Jane Eyre. I was reading a biography of the Brontë family while vacationing with my own family along the Central Coast of California. My four daughters were still quite young at the time, and had brought along… Continue reading “We’re Raising a Bunch of Brontës”: Guest Post on the Brontë Juvenilia by Tracy Neis

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature

A Tale of Two Glass Towns: A Novel

Reader, after sharing the exciting news about my publishing contract with Olympia Publishers recently, I'm now proud to present you with an image of the front cover.  How to describe the plot without giving the game away? In a nutshell, I can't. Here's hint though; part science fiction, part fantasy, and part Brontë. I hope… Continue reading A Tale of Two Glass Towns: A Novel

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, 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

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry

How the Brontës Pulled Me Through 2020

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... That's a phrase you may have heard a lot recently, and it's true. Now we're into December, there is a sense of Christmas in the air. Like so many others, this year I chose to put my Christmas tree up and dust off the fairy lights a… Continue reading How the Brontës Pulled Me Through 2020

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Reviews

The Diary Papers of Emily and Anne Brontë (Juvenilia Press Edition)

As regular readers of my blog will know, my main area of research is the Brontë juvenilia. However, I mainly concentrate on Charlotte and Branwell's Glass Town and Angrian works. Set in an exotic Africa which was very different to their reality at home in Haworth, West Yorkshire, they wrote about their paracosmic worlds for… Continue reading The Diary Papers of Emily and Anne Brontë (Juvenilia Press Edition)

Brontë, Juvenilia, Literature, Poetry, Reviews

30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

A couple of years ago I penned what has turned out to be one of my most popular posts ever. I listed 30 books about the Brontës which have been particularly useful or enlightening during my research on the family over the years. To qualify the books simply had to be entirely about the Brontës… Continue reading 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës: Revised

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr

The Mist on Brontë Moor is a 2013 novel by Aviva Orr which I accidentally stumbled across whilst browsing through some new titles to put on my Kindle for my holiday back in September. Although I didn't manage to squeeze it in between the lovely Greek sun, the pool, the food, and the Poirot book I had… Continue reading The Mist on Brontë Moor by Aviva Orr