The Brussels Brontë Group organises meetings and events in Brussels throughout the year. Each year we organise our Brussels Brontë weekend: 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 2017-18

Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan.

Brussels Brontë Weekend

14 October 2017
Talk by Helen MacEwan

Guided walk

15 October 2017

This two-hour walk features Brontë places in the Place Royale area. Entrance fee: €10. To register, contact Helen MacEwan 10am, 15 October 2017

Christmas Lunch & Entertainment

9 December 2017

Member presentations 

24 February 2018

11.00 (door opens at 10.30) Presentations by Jones Hayden and Ola Podstawska

Jones Hayden will talk about the influence of Charlotte’s time in Brussels on Jane Eyre and Ola Podstawska will give a presentation on Branwell Brontë.

Venue: Gemeenschapscentrum Op-Weule, rue Saint Lambert 91, 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert (next to Woluwe Shopping Centre).

Brussels Brontë Weekend

21 April 2018

11:00 Talk by Lucasta Miller – The Brontë Myth: Emily Brontë’s legacy

Dr Lucasta Miller is a writer and critic. Her The Bronte Myth (2001) chronicles the history of ‘Brontëmania’ in a fascinating combination of biography, literary criticism and history. It traces the evolution of the public personae of Charlotte and Emily Brontë since the first biography of the family by Elizabeth Gaskell, showing how they have been reinterpreted by each generation and cast as everything from domestic saints to sex-starved hysterics.

14:30 Talk by John Sutherland – The Brontësaurus: An A–Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (and Branwell) 

John Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. A specialist in Victorian fiction, he is the author of 18 books including the two books of classic fiction puzzles Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? His miscellany of Brontë curiosities The Brontësaurus: An A–Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (and Branwell) was published last year.

Venue: Gemeenschapscentrum Op-Weule, rue Saint Lambert 91, 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert (next to Woluwe Shopping Centre), Non-members €10, members €5. Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan

Guided walk

22 April 2018

This two-hour walk features Brontë places in the Place Royale area. Entrance fee: €10.
10am, 22 April 2018, to register, contact Helen MacEwan

Brontë Society weekend, Haworth

9-10 June 2018

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
9-10 June 2018

Summer Lunch

16 June 2018

 

Other events of interest

Book launch

Launch of the book Through Belgian Eyes: Charlotte Brontë’s Troubled Brussels Legacy, by Helen MacEwan.

Thursday 7 December at 19.00 at Waterstones bookstore, Boulevard Adolphe Max 71, 1000 Brussels. More information here.

 

Past events