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.
Talk by John Sutherland
14 October 2017
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.
11:00 at Université Saint-Louis, 1000 Brussels
Non-members €10, members €5
Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan
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
24 February 2018
Talk by Stella Van der Veer: ‘When thus alone, I not infrequently heard Grace Poole’s laugh….’, breaking the silence in a novel landscape
Stella will talk about Charlotte’s Brontë’s and her contemporaries’ revolutionary contribution to the building of a female identity in the early Victorian novel and beyond. When did women decide to use their voice and start to write and paint their own landscape in words? Which difficulties did they need to overcome? How did they translate their experience into the characters and themes of their novels and how relevant is the subject matter in their novels to us now?
Stella Van der Veer read British and American literature at Utrecht University, where her teachers included Maureen Peeck O’Toole, who is familiar as a speaker to the Brussels Brontë Group, and the Dutch author Frans Kellendonk, translator of Wuthering Heights. She taught English in Rotterdam for 24 years while also working as an actress and singer in several productions with the American Repertory Theatre in Amsterdam and the Leiden English Speaking Theatre, as well as touring with her own one-woman show. She now lives in Brussels and, after having attended art school for seven years, works as a painter.
10.30 (venue to be confirmed)
Brussels Brontë Weekend
21 April 2018
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.
11:00, (venue to be confirmed), Non-members €10, members €5. Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan
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
16 June 2018