What can readers imagine about the Brontës’ childhoods based on their writing? Did it mirror the bleak seclusion of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall or the harsh oppression in Jane Eyre? Was it filled with life-changing passion and lovelorn ghosts, as seen in Wuthering Heights?
This panel explores the Brontës’ adolescence in depth, searching for catalyst moments in their lives and reflecting on the environments and figures that went on to shape their literary masterpieces. Brontë historians and writers Emma Butcher, Sophie Franklin and Claire O’Callaghan gather together in discussion with Juliet Barker.