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Patrick, Father of the Brontes
Tue 18 October 2016, 18:30 – 19:30 BST
2016 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte. Brent Libraries celebrates the literary genius of the whole Bronte family. Colin Pinney, as the Reverend Patrick Bronte, reveals the story of Patrick’s son Branwell Bronte and his famous sisters: Charlotte Bronte who wrote Jane Eyre and three other novels: Emily, author of Wuthering Heights; and Anne, who wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Such were the times that all three were forced to pretend that they were male authors.
The fame of the Brontes rests on their novels, but they were equally proud of their verse, from the "simple minded rhymes" of the Reverend Patrick Bronte to the compelling poetry of Emily and her brother Branwell – “My Unhappy Brother” as Charlotte called him.
The performance includes comments made by the Brontes on one another's works and springs a few surprises in verse and prose from the Brontes, their friends and their critics.
Also mentioned are such diverse characters as Miss Finch the Scourgemistress, Tom Spring the champion prize fighter of England, ¬and the stationmaster at Luddenden Foot.