WE’VE HAD an absolutely wonderful summer at the Parsonage, complete with weekly craft workshops and hands on history sessions, and we’ve loved welcoming visitors to the museum from all over the region, the country and the world!

Now that we’re moving into September, I’m hard at work preparing for the fifth Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing, which takes place this weekend.

Our programme of writing workshops and author events kicks off tomorrow, and runs through until Sunday. Most of the writing workshops have now sold out, but tickets are still available for evening readings with Alison Case and Helen Lederer and can be bought on the night.

Novelist Alison Case will be visiting Haworth as part of the festival tomorrow, and will read from her new novel, Nelly Dean, at West Lane Baptist Centre from 7.30pm.

Alison will be in conversation with Professor Gweno Williams from the University of York, discussing her love for Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and the creative process behind her re-telling of such an adored work.

We are truly thrilled to welcome Alison to Haworth, and her reading is truly a must-see event for all Emily Brontë fans. Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased on the door.

Comedienne and writer Helen Lederer is headlining this year’s festival, and will present her wonderful debut novel Losing It on Saturday from 7.30pm.

Fresh from the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Helen will discuss what prompted her to turn her experienced comedic hand to writing fiction and her efforts to set up the Comedy Women in Print literary award.

Losing It has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction, and our headline event promises to be a laugh-out-loud evening with one of Britain’s best-loved comediennes. Tickets cost £8.50 and can be purchased on the door.

Our autumn 2015 programme for Contemporary Arts will be released very shortly, but we’re already preparing for Linger, a music installation comprising a set of six new piano pieces composed for, and performed on, the Brontë piano by the Irish contemporary classical composer Ailís ní Ríain.

You’ll be hearing lots more about Ailís and Linger in the weeks to come, so watch this space!

September will be your last chance to see The Silent Wild, a thought-provoking exhibition by artist and curator Diane Howse, who brought together a team from the worlds of dance, film and visual arts to create a truly unique response to lives and legacies of the Brontës.

The Silent Wild runs at the Parsonage until September 28.

Did you know that if you head to our website and sign up to our mailing list you can ensure that you are among the first to find out about all of the exciting plans we have to celebrate the bicentenaries of the Brontës, starting with Charlotte in 2016?

Head to bronte.org.uk/whats-on to find out more about all of our events and exhibitions. There are also details of opening times, admission prices and all events and activities on the website.