Festival success for Brontë Parsonage Museum

Bronte Parsonage Musuem arts officer Louisa Briggs is pictured laying out words on the museum lawn for the poetry session

Bronte Parsonage Musuem arts officer Louisa Briggs is pictured laying out words on the museum lawn for the poetry session

First published in Keighley

The Brontë Parsonage Museum plans further forays into graphic novels and Gothic stories following its writing festival last weekend.

The annual Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing, held at several Haworth venues, featured workshops on both types of fiction.

Education officer Sue Newby admitted that although the workshops were enjoyable, the attendances were disappointing.

She said: “We would definitely like to pursue both of these themes.

“We’re thinking of developing a graphic novels course for local young people because we think that would attract them. The workshop in writing gothic fantasy style was a real eye-opener, they looked at examples of gothic writing.”

Other activities during the weekend were popular, with talks by established writers Jackie Kay and Sarah Durant proving particularly busy.

Sue said: “They are both well-known and inspiring writers. Jackie read poems that she’d created while in residency at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.”

Other activities included readings by Ilkley and Calderdale Young Writers, and a drop-in creative writing session on Sunday.

 

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