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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 2017-18

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

Saturday 14 October 2017

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

11.00: Talk by Professor John Sutherland:
An hour’s worth of Brontë puzzles

Entrance charge: Non-members €10, members €5

John Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. A specialist in Victorian fiction, he is the author of 18 books including the two books of classic fiction puzzles Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? His miscellany of Brontë curiosities The Brontësaurus: An A–Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (and Branwell) was published last year.

Saturday 9 December 2017

Christmas lunch & entertainment

Saturday 24 February 2018

Member presentation (speaker and subject to be announced)

Saturday 21-Sunday 22 April 2018: Brussels Brontë Weekend


Saturday 21 April 2018

Université Saint-Louis, 1000 Brussels (room number and entrance door to be confirmed)

11.00: Talk by Lucasta Miller:
The Brontë Myth: Emily Brontë’s legacy

Entrance charge: Non-members €10, members €5

Dr Lucasta Miller is a writer and critic. Her The Bronte Myth (2001) chronicles the history of ‘Brontëmania’ in a fascinating combination of biography, literary criticism and history. It traces the evolution of the public personae of Charlotte and Emily Brontë since the first biography of the family by Elizabeth Gaskell, showing how they have been reinterpreted by each generation and cast as everything from domestic saints to sex-starved hysterics.

Sunday 22 April 2018

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


Charge: €10


9-10 June 2018


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 16 June 2018


Summer lunch


Brussels Brontë Group

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 2017-18
    Henry James:
Portrait of a Lady
    John William Polidori: The Vampyre
    George Gissing:
The Odd Women
    Charlotte Brontë:
    George and Weedon Grossmith:
Diary of a Nobody
    Jane Austen:
Sense and Sensibility
    George Eliot:
Felix Holt, the Radical

Contact for more information