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Festival to offer novel competition
Jane Austen will go head to head with the Bronte sisters next month in Haworth.
Modern-day writers will proclaim why they think each of the novelists have had the greatest influence on contemporary fiction.
The battle between Jane, Charlotte, Emily and Anne is a highlight of the third Bronte Festival of Women’s Writing.
The event, taking place from August 31 to September 2, will feature readings, talks, workshops and family events.
Helen Simpson, Tiffany Murray and Claire Harman will take part in the discussion Stormy Sisterhood: Jane Austen Versus the Brontes.
Charlotte Bronte was famously dismissive of Jane Austen’s “highly cultivated” novels, saying the Brontes’ passions were “perfectly unknown” to the Pride and Prejudice author.
Claire Harman has written about Jane Austen, while Tiffany Murray’s novels drew inspiration from both Persuasion and Wuthering Heights.
My Last Rochester, an exhibition of poetry at the Bronte Parsonage Museum by Zoe Brigley and Amanda Dalton, inspired by their previous residencies there, will be on display.
Amanda will also read from her Bronte poems, and run a poetry masterclass examining the ways in which historical lives and landscapes can be explored through poetry.
Award-winning writer Sadie Jones will talk about her work and latest novel, The Uninvited Guests.
Creative writing workshops will enable budding writers to develop their skills, including the development of story ideas into fiction, and how to write biography and memoir.
There will be events for museum visitors and families, including a poetry trail, and the chance to play a giant Wuthering Heights word game on the parsonage lawn.
The Bronte Festival of Women’s Writing, first held in 2010, is part of the Bronte Parsonage Museum’s contemporary arts programme and is funded by Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
Museum arts officer Jenna Holmes said the Brontes were pioneering women writers and continued to inspire contemporary literature in limitless ways.
She said: “It’s fitting that the museum should explore their legacy and showcase the work of both high-profile and emerging women writers working today.”
Events will take place in Haworth, and tickets can be booked by e-mailing email@example.com or by ringing (01535) 640188.