THE BRONTË sisters achieved lasting fame for their classic novels like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

But Charlotte, Emily and Anne’s first foray into publishing came with poetry, in a joint collection under their pen names of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

And it’s the Brontës’ poetry that has inspired the latest event being held by the Brontë Parsonage Museum to celebrate the siblings’ 200th anniversaries.

Poetry at the Parsonage made its debut in Haworth last year to great success and is being repeated on Saturday, July 1.

Through the day there will be talks, readings and workshops by leading poets, including Simon Armitage, Patience Agbabi, Jacob Polley, Kei Miller, Zaffar Kunial and Clare Shaw.

The visit to Haworth will be personal for Cumbria-born writer Jacob Polley thanks to a youthful misdemeanour.

He said: “When I was a teenager I accidentally-on-purpose boosted a copy of Jane Eyre from my secondary school, so I’m very much looking forward to coming to the Bronte Parsonage, in part to atone for this childhood misdemeanour.

“Though this might be called a ‘poet’s atonement’, which would be no atonement at all, because it’s going to be such fun!”

As well as taking part in an evening poetry reading with his fellow writers, Jacob Polley will lead a workshop entitled Small World.

The TS Eliot-prize winner will explore the close-in and the seldom-examined, as well as the micro-decisions that people make when they write a poem.

Jacob’s recent anthology Jackself was described by one judge as “a firework of a book; inventive, exciting and outstanding in its imaginative range and depth of feeling”.

Patience Agbabi will lead a workshop entitled Telling Tales – Page to Stage focusing on her modern-day interpretation of Chaucer.

Patience is a poet much celebrated for paying equal homage to literature and performance, and is a leading proponent of the spoken word scene.

A Fellow in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University, she was in 2004 nominated as one of the UK’s ‘Next Generation Poets’ and has published four poetry collections.

The latest, Telling Tales, was shortlisted for the 2014 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and Wales Book of the Year 2015.

Poetry at the Parsonage, which will be held on Saturday, July 1, is aimed at both fledgling poets and those wanting to build on their talents.

A spokesman said: “There’s the opportunity to gain inspiration and hone your skills through workshops and open mic.”

Visit or call 01535 640192 for further information and to book tickets.