October Creative Workshops

This autumn the Brontë Parsonage Museum is excited to be organising two creative workshops taking place at the beautiful historic house of Ponden Hall.

October Creative Workshops

Ponden Hall, built by the land owning Heaton family, is rich with associations with the Brontës. The sisters read books from the library there, socialised with the family on occasion and even took shelter there as children from the great Crow Hill Bog Explosion of 1824!

There has long thought to have been connections with the house and Emily’s great novel Wuthering Heights. Is the house the model for the Lintons home of Thrushcross Grange or even Wuthering Heights itself? Could the tiny single paned window set in the East Gable have inspired the chilling scene of Cathy’s ghost begging to be let in? In Wuthering Heights the window opens onto a box bed and there was a bed of that description until the 1930s. A local joiner has faithfully recreated this to great dramatic effect!


Join us for two separate workshops which will use the atmospheric Ponden Hall and the surrounding autumnal landscape as inspiration. Both workshops are suitable for the more experienced or beginner interested in writing or watercolour painting. Each workshop will include a homemade lunch, tour of Ponden Hall, a short walk (and cake)! Please bring suitable footwear.


A Day of Watercolours at Ponden Hall with Imogen Collins Thomas

Saturday 4 October 2014, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Following last year’s successful watercolour painting workshop inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s botanical illustrations, this workshop will encourage participants to make their own illustrations from nature. We will forage the gardens and hedgerows around the hall to find autumnal leaves berries, and branches to create our own watercolours. All materials will be provided.

Imogen Collins Thomas is a visual arts Adult Education tutor and botanical artist. She draws her inspiration from natural and man-made landscapes.

Ticket (including lunch and refreshments): £50

Numbers are limited, booking essential.


 A Day of Creative Writing at Ponden Hall with Anne Caldwell

Saturday 25 October, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Anne will take you through a series of starting points for poetry and short fiction with an emphasis on using sensory details and natural settings to convey mood, character and atmosphere. Please bring a notebook.

Anne is a well-respected poet, short fiction writer and teacher of creative writing. Her workshops are inspirational and fun. Anne lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Bolton and works for the National Association of Writers in Education. Anne’s poetry collection, Talking with the Dead is available from Cinnamon Press.

Ticket (including lunch and refreshments): £50

Numbers are limited, booking essential. 

To book a place or if you require more information contact Sue Newby, Learning Officer susan.newby@bronte.org.uk / 01535 640185 or visit www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on


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