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The Brussels Brontë Group organises meetings and events in Brussels throughout the year. You will find details of these below.

Annual Brontë weekend: each year we organise a weekend of events around the date of Charlotte Brontë's birthday (21 April). Details of our previous events click on the Past Events link.

Guided walks: we organise regular guided walks around Brontë places in Brussels. The walks take around one and a half hours and are usually held on a Sunday morning in central Brussels. If you'd like to register for the next one, please email Your name will be put on a mailing list and you will receive details of the next walk organised.

Reading group: our reading group specialising in 19th century literature (not just the Brontës!) meets every few weeks for an informal discussion.  More details below.

Programme of events 2016- 2017

Registration essential for all events. To register email Helen MacEwan at:

Saturday 22 October 2016

Room P61, Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels

11.00: Presentation by Monica Wallace: ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Irish honeymoon’

Entrance charge: €5 (no charge for members)

In 1854 Charlotte Brontë, herself half Irish, married her father’s Irish curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, with whom she had nine months of happy marriage before dying in pregnancy just before her 39th birthday.

Monica Wallace, who is from Dublin and is the former Transport Attaché for Ireland to the EU, will have a look at the places and people they visited on their honeymoon in Ireland.

14.00: Talk by Blake Morrison

Entrance charge: €10 (€5 for members)

The writer Blake Morrison will talk about his interest in the Brontës, dating from his childhood growing up in Skipton near Haworth in Yorkshire, and his play ‘We Are Three Sisters’, an adaptation of Chekhov’s play to tell the story of the Brontës.

Blake Morrison’s award-winning memoir of his father, ‘And When Did You Last See Your Father?’, was made into a film in 2007. He is Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Saturday 3 December 2016

Christmas lunch & entertainment

Saturday 11 February 2017

Room P61, Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels

Entrance charge: €5 for each presentation (no charge for members)

10.30 (doors open at 10.00 for coffee): Talk by Judith Collins: ‘Disguise, deception and concealment in Jane Eyre’

Judith Collins, a former school librarian and National Trust guide, will explore the various different kinds of disguises in Charlotte Brontë’s best-seller.

 14.00: Talk by Paul Gretton: ‘Some literary themes and sources of Wuthering Heights: The Disruptive Intruder, The Fascinating Baddie, The Star-crossed Lovers, Digging up your Girlfriend… (as one does)’

Paul Gretton read English at Oxford University in the 1960s. A translator who lives in the Netherlands, he has also taught English at higher education institutions in Canada and Germany.


Saturday 1 April 2017

Room P61, Université Saint-Louis, Rue du Marais 119, 1000 Brussels

10.30 (doors open at 10.00 for coffee): Talk by Helen MacEwan: ‘Charlotte Brontë seen by the Belgians:
Some views from ‘Labassecour’

Entrance charge: €5 (no charge for members)

Charlotte Brontë was fascinated by Brussels, where she lived for 2 years, but at the same time critical of Belgium and Belgians in her novels ‘The Professor’ and ‘Villette’. What about Belgian views of Charlotte Brontë? How have Belgian readers reacted to Charlotte’s take on their country?

 A translator and former teacher, Helen MacEwan founded the Brussels Brontë Group in 2006 soon after moving to Brussels. She is the author of several books including ‘The Brontës in Brussels’, a guide to Charlotte and Emily Brontë’s time at the Pensionnat Heger.

14.00: A talk by Sam Jordison

Entrance charge: €10 (€5 for members)

The journalist, critic and humorous writer Sam Jordison will talk about critical views of the Brontes over the past two centuries and how we understand the Brontë novels today, almost two centuries after they were written.

Sam Jordison is the editor of ‘Crap Towns: the 50 worst places to live in the UK’, author of a guide to 'Literary London' with his wife Eloise Millar, and is currently working on a book on H.G. Wells. A long-standing admirer of the Brontës, he has written various articles on them.

Sunday 2 April 2016

10.00: Guided walk around Brontë places in Brussels in the Place Royale area. The walk takes about 2 hours.
Charge: €10


Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June 2017

Brontë Society weekend, Haworth.

Join Brussels Group members for the annual weekend of events in Haworth, Yorkshire, organised by the Brontë Society, UK. Talks, walks on the moors and excursions.

 Saturday 17 June 2017

Summer lunch

Brussels Brontë Group

Regular guided walks

We organise occasional guided walks around places in Brussels associated with the Brontës’ stay in the city in 1842-43. The walks, which are in the Place Royale area, take from one and a half to two hours and are usually on Sundays, starting at 10.00. 


Dates of forthcoming tours:


To be announced.


To register, email:

Brussels Brontë Group Reading group
Are you tired of reading groups that only read modern fiction?

We invite you to join our group specialising in 19th century English literature, for people who are interested in books by and about the Brontës and in the history and literature of the 19th century in general.

We want to return to the classics that have stood the test of time and also fill in our knowledge of the period by reading:
  • The Brontës and works relating to them (biography, criticism, modern novels inspired by the Brontës....)
  • Jane Austen, Hardy, Dickens, George Eliot....
  • Biography and history providing background to the 19th century

        Books on our reading list for 2016-17:
        Anthony Trollope:
The way we live now
        Robert Louis Stevenson: Kidnapped
        Jane Austen:
Northanger Abbey
        Charles Dickens:
Martin Chuzzlewit
        Rudyard Kipling:
        Sheridan Le Fanu:
Uncle Silas
        Anne Brontë:
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

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