Brussels is renaming one of its squares to honor the Bronte sisters. The two sisters, Charlotte and Emily, spent a lot of time there visiting friends. The sisters lived in Haworth, West Yorkshire before moving to Brussels. They moved in order to improve their French, so they could teach it. Two of Charlotte’s novels Villette and The Professor are set in Brussels.
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Ladies, lace up your corsets, leave your terrible husbands at home and get ready to party like it’s 1820. That’s right, today is Anne Brontë’s birthday and if there was ever an excuse to celebrate Anne and her achievements, her 200th birthday is definitely it.
Far from the ‘other Brontë’, Anne left an eternal mark on classic English literature. Under her pseudonym Acton Bell, she published a wide range of poems before her two novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. She has been widely acclaimed as a feminist author, having refused to write through the romantic lens that her sisters, Emily and Charlotte, preferred. Anne’s conviction in her own beliefs cost her a lot of readership and popularity at the time but today she is renowned and celebrated for exactly that.
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If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Anne’s big day, there are actual events happening that you can attend. In Bradford, West Yorkshire, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is hosting a bicentenary party, full of good food, crafting and poetry. In Sydney, Australia, Cate Whittaker will be giving a reading at the Stanton library. Bonus points if you dress up.
You could even throw your own party. Anne Brontë was a big believer in going her own way so the party theme would be totally up to you. Gather your troupe of talented sisters, brew some tea and discuss how you’re going to diverge from social mores – it’s what Anne would want.
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Sadly, Anne died in May 1849, at the age of 29. Like many young people at the time, she died of tuberculosis. Despite the fact that she is often cited as the ‘least popular Brontë sister’, her legacy has taken on a posthumous new life.
Happy Birthday, Anne. There are many things to celebrate today; Anne’s body of work, her fierce spirit and the amazing talent that was bred and nurtured in the Brontë home. Anne’s last words are reported as being “Take courage, Charlotte, take courage” and if that isn’t the energy to take with you into 2020, we don’t know what is.
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Jane Eyre is a wonderful, compelling book. It’s also silly, competitive, and bonkers insulting. Let’s make it even sillier with the best the nonsense internet has to offer.
So you get this job in the middle of nowhere. Sure, they didn’t give you a lot of details, but at least nothing else is weird about it, and your new boss is super nice. Your name is not Jane Eyre.
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Life’s hard for an orphan, but Jane isn’t really one to complain, she kind of just takes it as it comes. It’s just as well, because even aside from her aunt hating her, people don’t seem to feel the need to be very nice to her, even our ‘hero’ and the rest of the people she meets at work.
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But boy do they. And she does too. Get some self confidence, girl! Sure, Rochester might not flirt like a normal person, but that’s no reflection on you. Being constantly downtrodden doesn’t mean you can’t live your best life! Why, when I was your age, I hadn’t received any proposals of marriage, and you have two! Sure, one is your cousin, and the other is already married, but ‘plain’ is either false or irrelevant. Mostly.
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We need a spin off. Did anyone else have about a million questions about Blanche? She’s pretty and popular, sure, and Rochester nearly marries her, but from Jane’s perspective, she’s sort of a force of nature. Personally, I want to know more.
It’s like things can never be easy for Jane. Even when she gets what she wants it goes sideways.
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So fun! Sure, it’s a bit of a rocky start, but marriage is complicated. I think those crazy kids can make it. Probably. If there’s something crazy that brings them back together. But what are the chances of that?
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We’re talking ARSON. We’re talking FALSE IMPRISONMENT. We’re talking BLINDNESS. How does Rochester feel so guilty but also act so cold? The man’s an enigma. Guilty as he may feel about Bertha, though, he moves on fast. You didn’t have to be so weird this whole time, man! You could’ve been happy!
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I’d love to know what’s going on in that guy’s head. I sort of picture it like beauty and the beast where he’s just angry in some room alone, slamming doors.
Lot’s of ups and downs, but all’s well that ends well (is this a happy ending?), I guess.
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If you’re a fan of the Brontë sisters then you’ll be delighted to hear that Emily Brontë’s poems are being made into songs. A folk band by the name The Unthanks and Adrian McNally made audio soundtracks of the poems and paired them with original music they have composed.
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The Brontë Society, which runs the museum in sisters’ old family home the Personage, commissioned Unthanks to make an audio production of Emily Brontë’s poems and combine it with the bands folk style to create The Emily Bronte Song Cycle. This year marked Emily’s 200th Birthday.
Emily is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights and probably lesser known for her poetry. The only poetry book she had published was entitled Remembrance, but it was these poems that inspired composer Adrian McNally and sisters Rachel and Becky from Unthanks to createpoems of Emily Brontë were turned into songs on her own original piano and recorded in her home at the Brontë Personage Museum.
Anyone who has been fortunate enough to visit the museum since the musical project got underway have experienced a special treat. They get to go through a hi-tech audio trial that leads people out of the home and up along the dirt tracks with beautiful countryside views. Along the way, radio frequency beacons are hidden around to keep the music coming and visitors are given noise cancelling headphones to block them from the outside world, with only the haunting voices of The Unthanks sisters and Emily’s poetically dark songs.
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The Emily Brontë Song Cycle is in the final stages of being produced into CD, vinyl record, and digital format for downloading. It is due to be available in February 2019. If you want a sneak peak of the songs, check it out below!
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For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life… One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.
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