A NOVELIST who used her experience of working for a Bond Street antique dealer as inspiration for her first book will lead a workshop in Haworth this summer.

Sophia Tobin will head the creative writing session as part of the Bronte Society’s programme of events to mark 200 years since the birth of Branwell Bronte.

The workshop, called Every Object Can Spark a Story, will draw on the famous Bronte collection.

A spokesman for the event organisers said: “There will be a unique opportunity to see some items up close and then write prose or poetry inspired by the Bronte relics.

“It is suitable for beginners or more experienced writers.”

Sophia previously worked for a Bond Street antique dealer for six years, specialising in silver and jewellery.

Influenced by research into a real life 18th century silversmith, she began to write her first novel, The Silversmith’s Wife, which was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize and was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Sophia’s latest novel, The Vanishing, published in early 2017, has been praised by critics for its “brilliantly Bronte-esque” tone and plot.

Tickets for her workshop, which is on Saturday November 25 at 2.30pm in a Haworth venue still to be confirmed, are £25 or £20 for concessions and Bronte Society members.

Tickets can be booked by calling 01535 642323 or by visiting bronte.org.uk/whats-on

For those who cannot wait till late November, the Branwell programme has plenty of events coming up in October also.

These include a special evening at 7.30pm on October 27 in the parsonage museum.

Grant Montgomery, production designer for the BBC’s To Walk Invisible, returns to Haworth to host an exclusive look behind the scenes of the drama’s reimagining of Branwell’s studio. See above for booking details.