The Brussels Brontë Group organises meetings and events in Brussels throughout the year, including an annual weekend of events around the date of Charlotte Brontë’s birthday (21 April). We organise regular Guided walks around Brontë places in Brussels. Our Reading group specialises in 19th century literature (not just the Brontës!).
Provisional programme 2018-19
Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan.
Talk and readings
Saturday 13 October 2018
10.30 (doors open at 10.00): Talk by Professor John Bowen on Wuthering Heights
John Bowen is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York. His great passion is nineteenth-century fiction and he has a particular interest in Dickens, as well as Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope and the Brontës. He wrote about the Brontës, among other writers, in the OUP History of the Novel in English.
He was a contributor to BBC2’s Being the Brontës (2016). He makes frequent radio appearances and was recently on Radio 4’s In Our Time, discussing Wuthering Heights, and Beyond Belief, discussing Jane Eyre. He has written articles and recorded videos for the British Library on, among others, Melding fantasy and realism in Wuthering Heights, Walking the landscape of Wuthering Heights, and Who is Heathcliff?
14.00: Readings from Emily Brontë’s poems.
2018 is Emily Brontë’s bicentenary year. Following on from the talk on Wuthering Heights in the morning, we will be taking a look at Emily’s poetry. Members of the Brussels Brontë Group will introduce and read a selection of some of her best-loved poems.
Venue: Gemeenschapscentrum Op-Weule, rue Saint Lambert 91, 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert (next to Woluwe Shopping Centre). Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan
Sunday 14 October 2018 at 10 am
This two-hour walk features Brontë places in the Place Royale area. Charge: €10. To register, contact Helen MacEwan
Christmas Lunch & Entertainment
Saturday 8 December 2018
Event to be announced
Saturday 16 February 2019
Brussels Brontë Weekend
6-7 April 2019
Saturday 6 April
10.00 (doors open at 9.30): Talk by Professor Rosemary Ashton: Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and the Woman Question
In the bicentenary of George Eliot’s birth, Rosemary Ashton, Emeritus Professor of University College London, will discuss the treatment of women’s position by Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot, looking at Brontë’s heroines Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe and Eliot’s Maggie Tulliver (Mill on the Floss) and Dorothea Brooke (Middlemarch).
Rosemary Ashton’s research areas include Romantic and Victorian literature and culture and the cultural history of nineteenth-century London. Her books include biographies of Coleridge, Thomas and Jane Carlyle and George Eliot, and 142 Strand, about a set of avant-garde writers who gathered at the London house of the radical publisher John Chapman.
12.00: AGM of the Brussels Brontë Group
14.00: Talk by Kristien Hemmerechts: A Belgian reads the Brontës
Kristien Hemmerechts is a Belgian lecturer and published author of fiction and non-fiction. At a pivotal time in her life, she spent two years in Britain, mirroring Emily’s and Charlotte’s stay in Brussels. For all their differences she often finds herself identifying with them. Their resilience, power and determination have often been a source of inspiration for her.
Recently she has written and presented a series of broadcasts on the Brontës’ life and work for Klara (VRT Radio). Rereading their work on that occasion and reading about them has only added to her enthusiasm and profound admiration. Her talk focuses on what the Brontës have meant to her as a writer, a teacher, a feminist and a Belgian.
Sunday 7 April 2019
This two-hour walk features Brontë places in the Place Royale area. Charge: €10.
10am, 22 April 2018, to register, contact Helen MacEwan
Brontë Society weekend, Haworth
8-9 June 2019
Join Brussels Group members for the annual weekend of events in Haworth, Yorkshire, organised by the Brontë Society, UK. Talks, walks on the moors and excursions
Saturday 15 June 2019