Sunday, 27 April 2008

Brussels Brontë Weekend 18-20 April

Helen MacEwan writes:

It's been a long cold winter in Brussels but the sun finally came out in time for our guided walk around Brontë places, led by Derek Blyth, during the second spring weekend of events organised by the recently-formed Brussels branch to mark Charlotte Brontë's birthday.

This year Robert Barnard joined us from Leeds in the UK to take part in a meeting with writers in Waterstone's and also in the all-day conference on Les Soeurs Brontë à Bruxelles organised by a public library, which to our surprise was inaugurated by the Mayor of Brussels, who switched effortlessly between French, Dutch and English.

Eric Ruijssenaars and Maureen Peeck O'Toole, who also spoke at the weekend's events, joined us too, together with other members from the Netherlands, France and the Czech Republic.

For some gourmets the high point of the weekend was a Victorian dinner arranged by the conference organisers to round off a long day.

Pictured below:

Place du Musée near Chapelle Royale, Protestant church where Charlotte and Emily worshipped.

The guided walk, with Derek Blyth

Writers in Waterstones – with Robert Barnard

The Mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, inaugurating the Bronte conference organised by one of the main Brussels public libraries.

Eric Ruijssenaars speaking at the conference - with photo of Belliard steps down to rue Isabelle and the Pensionnat Heger

See link to Brussels group on the right.

















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