Brontë Society Conference 2021

Saturday 04 September 2021

'I wished to tell the truth': Anne Bronte at 201

'I wished to tell the truth': Anne Bronte at 201

The Brontë Society 2020 Conference on Anne Brontë, due to take place in Scarborough in September 2020, will now take place online on Saturday 4 September 2021. 

The conference will celebrate the life and work of Anne Brontë in her bicentenary year, and presents an ideal opportunity to challenge the long-held perception that the youngest Brontë sibling was the least talented, and lacked the genius of her sisters. We’re delighted to announce three keynote speakers: Professor Kathryn Hughes, literary journalist, historian, and Guardian columnist, who has published four books, including The Victorian Governess; Professor Marianne Thormählen, author of The Brontes and Education, The Brontes and Religion, and editor of The Brontes in Context; and Jane Sellars MBE, co-author of the seminal study The Art of the Brontes. The keynotes will address, respectively, the social context of Anne’s work, the realism/didacticism of her fiction, and her own artistic practice, and panel sessions will engage with a broad range of topics. We will also be joined by Serena Partridge and Layla Khoo, the artists responsible for the Brontë Parsonage Museum's 2016 and 2021 contemporary art installations, and Samira Ahmed, writer, journalist, broadcaster, and creative partner at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, will close the conference with a personal talk that articulates how radical and inspiring the youngest Brontë sibling continues to be. 

Click on downloads to see the conference programme.

Conference Tickets:
£40 Adult
£35 Bronte Society Members
£20 16-25 years old/people in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and people in receipt of a means-tested benefit

The conference ticket allows access to all the conference sessions between 9am and 8pm on Saturday 4 September. 
This event will take place via zoom.  It is a live event and will not be recorded.

Full details of how to join the event will be sent after you have booked your place, at least a week prior to the event.  

Please note that many museum staff are presently flexibly furloughed and working from home, so at times, there may not be anyone in the office to take your call. Please email if you have any queries about this event. 

Thank you for your support. We look forward to welcoming you to the conference soon!
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