This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Branwell Brontë, the brother whose own work was overshadowed by that of his more famous sisters. We will celebrate Branwell’s life with the creation of a permanent storyboard, placed on North Parade in the centre of Bradford, close to the original location of Branwell’s artist studio, which he used between 1838-39.

The storyboard will feature portraits completed by Branwell during his time at the Bradford studio and mark the spot as an area of importance in the artistic and literary heritage of the city.

Join Bruce Barnes, poet and Branwell expert, for the unveiling of this monument to Branwell Brontë. The event will be followed by a special reading of Branwell’s poetry and prose, with light refreshments served in the nearby City Gent.

As a souvenir of the event, guests will receive The Cartwright Hall Gallery catalogue, Branwell Brontë & his Circle: Artistic life in Bradford 1830-50.

About The Host

Bruce Barnes

Bruce Barnes is a graduate of Sheffield Hallam University and a member of Beehive Poets. His play, Branwell in Bradford, was performed at The Priestley Theatre in March 2009 and a reading based on that play-script featured in the Ilkley Literature Festival’s ‘Words in the City’ in June 2015.