Events to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Bronte

Writers and members of the public are gathering at The Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth for the bicentenary.

A series of events are being held to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Bronte.

The Bronte Parsonage Museum, in Haworth, West Yorkshire, will be the worldwide focus for the bicentenary celebrations, which will see performances of a range of new works commissioned specially for the anniversary.

Bronte is one of the best known names in English literature but she only wrote one novel, Wuthering Heights, inspired by the windswept moors which surround Haworth.

A weekend of celebration in the town will start with writers led by the best-selling novelist, Kate Mosse, gathering for I Am Heathcliff, a special commission featuring 16 short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights’s most enduring character.

Mosse, who curated the collection, will be joined by fellow contributors Juno Dawson, Dorothy Koomson and Louise Doughty to read from the anthology and officially open the programme of events.

Charlotte Bronte
An undated picture of the Bronte sisters (PA)

Sunday with see premiere of Balls, a short film created by the model and actress Lily Cole, the Bronte Society’s creative partner for 2018.

Balls explores Heathcliff’s foundling beginnings and Cole will be discussing the issues and stories explored in the film alongside Caro Howell, director of London’s Foundling Museum.

The celebrations will culminate on Monday, the anniversary of Bronte’s birth on July 30 1818, when a range of well-known writers will gather to celebrate her work and legacy under the banner What Emily Means to Me.

Bronte was born in Thornton, in Bradford, but moved to the parsonage in Haworth when she was young.

She lived in Haworth will her family, including her literary sisters Charlotte and Anne, and wrote Wuthering Heights there in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell.

But she died a year later, aged just 30.

The bicentenary has been marked in numerous others way, including a special red post box with inscriptions of her words near her birthplace in Thornton, a specially made violin made from a sycamore tree which grew in Haworth, and the Emily Bronte Rose, which was launched at Chelsea Flower Show in May.

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