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Brontë Society AGM & June Festival Friday June 13th to Monday June 16th, 2014

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Every penny you spend on the AGM weekend supports the work of the Brontë Society Friday 13 June Awakenings A talk with author Stevie Davies

Cost: £6 per person Time: 4.00pm West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth.

Air on Brontë Moor

Stevie Davies joins us to discuss her 2013 publication, Awakenings. In Wiltshire in 1860, one year after Darwin's explosive publication of The Origin of Species, sisters Anna and Beatrice Pentecost awaken to a world shattered by science, radicalism and the stirrings of feminist rebellion; a world of charismatic religious movements, Spiritualist séances, bitter loss and medical trauma. Historical figures of the Victorian epoch wander through the backdrop of the novel. Each of the principal characters is riven by inner contradictions, but who will survive when the sisters fall into a fatal conflict with one another? Tea and coffee available.

A talk followed by a performance by Simon Warner, David Wilson and Adam Strickson. Preceded by a Harp Quintet and a meal.

An evening of artistic responses to the landscape that influenced the lives and works of the Brontës by musician David Wilson, artist Simon Warner and poet Adam Strickson. Throughout 2012 David composed music inspired by the Haworth landscape and carried out research into the music played and appreciated by the Brontës. Simon will show films shot in and around Haworth in response to David's musical compositions, while Adam reads poetry by the Brontës and others, including Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Charlotte Mew alongside his own compositions. Pennine Harps will play a selection of music and will complete their set with an arrangement of an Emily Brontë poem set for the harp by a Society member.

Cost: £22 per person Time: 6.30pm

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth. Includes a buffet dinner with wine

Saturday 14 June The Cornish Connection: The Branwells, the Carnes and Weslyan traditions in Cornwall

This talk will explore the research undertaken for the Daphne Carrick Memorial Scholarship by author and independent researcher Melissa Hardie-Budden. Melissa’s research challenges some established thinking around the religious upbringing of Maria and Elisabeth Branwell and possible influences of their wider Cornish family connections upon their life and faith.

by Melissa Hardie-Budden Cost: £5 per person Time: 10.00am - 10.45am

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth. Refreshments not provided.


Brontë Society AGM: Society members only please. Membership cards must be shown.

Cost: Free Time: 11.00am

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth Refreshments not provided.

Church Service

A service of thanksgiving for the Brontë family celebrating their interest and connection with Methodism. The choir from Haworth's twin church in Massachusetts, USA will be performing at the service.

Cost: Free Open to: All Time: 2.00pm to 3.00pm

Charlotte Brontë's naughty book

At St Michael and All Angels, Haworth Refreshments not available.

A lecture by Lucasta Miller

This year's special lecture will be given by author and literary journalist Lucasta Miller and will explore why Jane Eyre shocked the Victorians. Lucasta is a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement and author of The Brontë Myth (2001).

Cost: Free Open to: All Booking essential. Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm

At West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth Refreshments not provided.

Saturday 14 June Creative competition prize-giving Cost: Free Time: 5.00pm to 5.30pm

Donors thank you

During 2013-14, the Brontë Society held a Creative Competition for the best short story, poem and illustration of a Brontë novel, judged by author Dame Margaret Drabble, poet Simon Armitage and artist Victoria Brookland. This event will celebrate all of the contributions to the competition, with prize-giving by Dame Margaret Drabble. At West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

Refreshments not available.

Invited guests only

Donors, please join us for a glass of wine and nibbles with the Executive Director of The Brontë Society.

Booking: Essential Time: 6.00pm to 6.30pm

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth Refreshments provided.

Live panel discussion

Open to: All

This event is inspired by the recent trend in the creation of novels which take existing well-loved characters and stories and reimagine them in a new context, for a new generation. What are the ethics of taking another writer’s creation and breathing new life into it? Should literary masterpieces be left alone? What can be gained from taking the story a step further? Join the panel for a lively debate around some of the issues these reimaginings raise.

Time: 8 pm

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth

Cost: £15

Refreshments not provided.

Sunday 15 June Members’ private viewing at the Parsonage Cost: Free to members Open to: Members only Booking: Not required Time: 9.00 to 10.00am

Hidden Gems Cost: £50 Open to: All Booking: Essential Time: 10.00 to 11.30am

Sunday Strolls There are 2 walk options provided for different walkers and different abilities. Waterproof clothing and walking shoes or boots strongly advised for both walks.

The Parsonage Museum will be open between 9.00am to 10.00am for Brontë Society members with an opportunity to view the new temporary exhibition The Brontës and Animals.

Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth Refreshments not provided. This fundraising event offers a unique opportunity to view gems of the Museum collections with Collections Manager Ann Dinsdale. This exclusive morning session will comprise of a viewing and talk in the library, followed by a light brunch of tea, coffee, sweet and savoury pastries from the famous Betty’s Tearoom in Ilkley. Executive Director Ann Sumner will be able to talk exclusively about future plans at the Museum. All proceeds will cover the cost of the event and provide a donation to our on-going museum and education work. Brontë Parsonage Museum. Tea, coffee and pastries from Betty's Tearoom. Walk A This short walk will leave from The Parsonage Museum car park and will end in Oxenhope with the option of returning to Haworth by train. Cost: Free Meeting Point: Parsonage car park. Time: 1.30 pm start. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. Level: Easy walk for amblers and less experienced walkers. Booking: Not required - please just turn up promptly

Walk B A longer walk (approximately 6 miles) from in Thornton, the birthplace of the Brontës, finishing in Haworth. The walk will start at The South Square Centre, Thornton, which provides an option to buy lunch before the walk starts. The walk will take in the Brontë birthplace, followed by a medium level walk across moorland and taking in some of The Brontë Way. Cost: Free Meeting Point: South Square Centre, Thornton. Time: 1.30 pm start. Duration: Approximately 4 hours 30 minutes. Level: Medium difficulty walk for active walkers. Booking: Not required for either walk - please just turn up promptly! To share transport across to Thornton, please sign up at The Baptist Centre from Friday 13th.

Sunday Talk

A presentation and screening of research on Ellen Nussey's Scrapbook, with Audrey Hall.

Cost: £5 Open to: All Booking: Advisable Time: 2.00 to 3.00pm

West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth Refreshments not provided.

Sunday 15 June Sunday Social at the White Lion Hotel Open to: All Time: From 7.00pm Cost: Free to attend, refreshments available to purchase.

A relaxed and informal evening of good food, company and a special presentation by Gillian Stapleton (The Well-Dressed Governess). Gillian will display and talk about her latest work, a replica of Charlotte Brontë’s wedding dress, along with the research needed to produce it. Booking: None required, but please do sign up for a meal (see below). Location: The White Lion Hotel, Haworth. Refreshments: Menu choices available from Friday 13th. Please sign up at West Lane Baptist Centre, Haworth.

Monday 16 June Day excursion to Liverpool Cost: £15 Open to: All Booking: Essential Time: Coach departs 9.00am. Returns at 6.30pm to arrive Haworth approximately 9.00pm.

The trip will take the group to the Albert Dock Liverpool, home of Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Maritime Museum, The Beatles Museum and the International Slavery Museum. The day trip includes an optional “Slavery Tour” at the International Slavery Museum - Group 1 at 11.30 a.m. and Group 2 at 12.30 p.m. The remainder of the day will be yours to spend as you wish. The day has been programmed to allow you plenty of time to explore the docks and the city centre. The new Liverpool One Centre, Sightseeing tours and the Mersey Ferry can easily be reached on foot. A list of attractions and online information to help you decide how to best use your time will be provided as well as suggested lunch and dinner stops. Location: Coach picks up and drops off at the Baptist Centre, West Lane, Haworth. Refreshments: There will be refreshment stops on the outward and return journeys. Options for lunch and dinner will be provided.

Booking form - AGM Summer Festival, 2014 Booking information All events are open to Brontë Society members and to the public, with the exception of the Annual General Meeting which is open to members only and The Donors Thank You for which invites will be sent. Reservations for events can be made from Monday 28th April. Please book your tickets by returning this form along with your payment. Reservations and payments can be taken by post at the address provided below. If you would like to book via email, please download a booking form from our website at and return to


Bookable events Friday 13th June Awakenings. A talk by Stevie Davies Air on Brontë Moor performance Saturday 14th June

The Cornish Connection: The Branwells, the Carnes and Weslyan traditions in Cornwall - a talk by Melissa Hardie-Budden Charlotte Brontë's naughty book. A lecture by Lucasta Miller Donors thank-you event Live panel discussion Sunday 15th June Hidden Gems Sunday talk: Ellen Nussey's Scrapbook Monday 16th June Day excursion to Liverpool A stairlift is available for use at West Lane Baptist Centre events. If you would like use it, please tick here so that we can arrange assistance.

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Card signatory Name of cardholder if different from person(s) on booking form Please return the completed booking form and remittance to: Membership Officer, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD22 0HR Confirmation of booking will be sent by post or email Closing date for bookings: June 1, 2014. Please note that confirmations after this date may not reach you by post and will require collection from The Parsonage on arrival. PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER THE CLOSING DATE REFUNDS WILL BE MADE ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES

Brontë Society AGM 2014  
Brontë Society AGM 2014