Brontë, Literature, photography

The Worth Valley Railway and a Haworth Homecoming for Three Sisters

At the weekend I was lucky enough to enjoy a trip on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a volunteer run heritage railway line which serves a 5 mile stretch of Yorkshire. The stations it serves are Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth, Damems (request stop only), Ingrow West, and Keighley. Along with my companions I travelled from… Continue reading The Worth Valley Railway and a Haworth Homecoming for Three Sisters

Brontë, Literature

30 Years, 30 Brontë Facts

To celebrate my 30 years on this planet this week, I've been compiling a few blogs featuring 30 things for my readers to think about and have fun with. I had a lot of fun putting this list of 30 Brontë facts together. Reader, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever level of Brontë… Continue reading 30 Years, 30 Brontë Facts

Brontë, Literature

Haworth 1940’s Weekend 2018

I consider this something of a companion piece to a previous post entitled Photographing Haworth. A combination of my trip to the 2018 Haworth 1940's weekend, the urge to take lots of photographs every time I visit, and the kind feedback I had from readers of the last post resulted in this piece which is… Continue reading Haworth 1940’s Weekend 2018

Brontë, Literature

Photographing Haworth

My readers and visitors will know by now the extent of my obsession with the Brontë family and their writings, however, for some reason I've so far neglected the home of the Brontës, the charming and beautiful village of Haworth, in my posts. Whilst flicking through some old photographs on old phones and laptops recently… Continue reading Photographing Haworth

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley

In addition to featuring posts on the works of the Brontës, I also like to discover and post about Brontë inspired fiction. This time it's the turn of Lena Coakley's 2016 novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow: A Novel of the Brontës, which I recently finished reading and included on my list of 30 of the Best Books About the Brontës. Like Catherynne M. Valente's The Glass Town Game, this is a narrative which focuses on the Brontës' early writings, or juvenilia, set in their fictional fantasy worlds of Glass Town, Gondal, and Angria. I'm going to avoid spoilers in this post and attempt to review by summarising and sharing my overall thoughts on the text. Forgive my digressions on the history of the Brontë juvenilia, but why write a review of a text based on it without bothering to mention it?

Brontë, Literature

Bob the Bichon and the Brontës

Stick with me on this one guys; this is a post about the Brontës and their animals, but also one which discusses the love I have for my own rescue dog, and the happiness he has brought to us over the years, in addition to his love of Haworth! Seven years ago today, an unloved,… Continue reading Bob the Bichon and the Brontës

Brontë, Literature, Reviews

“Haworth Churchyard”

"Haworth Churchyard" is a poem by Matthew Arnold which first appeared in Fraser's Magazine in May 1855, less than two months after the death of the last living Brontë sibling, Charlotte. It is a piece that until very recently I was unfamiliar with despite my mania for all things Brontë, and is a worthy addition to my… Continue reading “Haworth Churchyard”