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Monday, 26 October 2020

New Jane Eyre adaptation on YouTube

Julie Butters writes

I'm pleased to announce a new adaptation of Jane Eyre, a Zoom production by Flock Theatre of New London, Connecticut, in the United States. The film will be available for free streaming on YouTube starting 6 November at 12pm GMT. It will continue to be available after the initial streaming, to be accessed at any time. It lasts for just under two hours.

Find it at

The trailer is at
and production stills are available at:

Best wishes,

Julie Butters
Adapter of Jane Eyre
Actress playing Jane

Julie Butters as Jane:



Blog readers' opinions are welcome.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Brontë Places & Poems - book review

Marina Saegerman writes:

A fascinating dive into the Brontë world!

In these weird Corona times when travelling is not advisable/not recommended/not desired or not possible, I came across this book by Geoff and Christine Taylor.
The book, which is lavishly illustrated with photographs, was a labour of love. Its authors have lived near Haworth for almost forty years and the book grew out of their trips to Brontë places in the U.K., Ireland and Belgium, with Chris, a keen amateur photographer and artist, taking the photographs. There are many photos of Brussels.

The beautiful front cover brings you straight to Top Withins and the Haworth moors, and on the back cover it says: 'The Brontë children lived tragically short lives but they have left a wonderful legacy not only with their novels and poems but in the descriptions of the places they lived, loved and experienced.' The book invites you to discover these locations and perhaps, if Corona allows for it, visit these locations yourself.
It is not a book that you just READ, it is book that you fully EXPERIENCE. It allows you to travel from  your own home to Belgium, to London, to Ireland, to Haworth, to Scotland, to Cornwall, to Wales and to so many more Brontë-related places all in one day, if you wish. In a year when there is no AGM in Haworth, no annual holidays to Ireland (our normal holiday destination), no Anne Brontë bicentenary conference in Scarborough, and even no events of our Brussels Brontë Group in Brussels, this book was for me a wonderful  revelation and a splendid way to travel around Brontë-related places.
It is a journey in images and poetry with explanatory texts from the authors. It is a perfect way to travel in Corona times and be near the Brontës without setting a foot outside. The journey is made chronologically and starts in Cornwall (with Maria and Elizabeth Branwell) and in County Down, Northern Ireland (with Rev. Patrick Brontë) and travels through time to visit all other places that are  associated in some way with the Brontë family. The beautiful photographs are accompanied by explanatory texts and Brontë poems. You do not have to follow the chronological route, if you do not want to. You can start anywhere in the book, go back and forth as much as you like and discover, or revisit, Brontë places.
I have gone through this book many times now in all sorts of directions, revisiting the places that I have seen already (and enjoyed seeing again) and discovering places that I have wanted  to visit for ages, but had not succeeded in doing up to now.
It is the perfect substitute for travelling to Brontë places when you cannot travel yourself. I enjoyed it tremendously, and I will continue to enjoy it! It is a real treasure of a book. To be recommended…..
July 2020

Monday, 18 May 2020

British Library asks nation's children to write miniature books in lockdown

Brontë Quizzes - Keeping the Flame Alive

Keeping the Flame Alive

In order to help Brontë people everywhere while away the hours during the present Crisis, when we are frustratingly 'confined to barracks', I have written a set of twelve Bronte Quizzes, each of thirty marks, which are being posted fortnightly on Bronte Blog. He has called the series 'Keeping the Flame Alive', which is of course the title of Val Wiseman's classic Bronte-themed CD, and seems rather appropriate right now!

Many thanks - keep safe,

John Hennessy

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Ann Dinsdale - Living with the Brontës #LLF20

Inspiring the City : 

Living with the Brontës with Ann Dinsdale

6pm Wednesday 4 March 

Guiseley Library
This illustrated talk is given by Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The Brontë sisters are known and admired across the world and much has been written about their lives and work. This talk will include the whole Bronte family, with special attention being given to Anne, the youngest sister, who has often been overlooked.  Ann will draw on her experience as curator, bringing in some of the details that people may not be as familiar with, and using images of items from the Museum’s collection as illustrations.
This event takes place at Guiseley Library, based at Aireborough Leisure Centre. Inspiring the City is supported by Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.
Pay As You Feel, but please register - by going to the Leeds Lit Fest website -