Wednesday 28 November over 50 people attended the launch of Helen MacEwan’s
book about the experience of setting up the Brussels Brontë Group,Down the Belliard Steps: Discovering the
Brontës in Brussels.
Waterstones bookstore in Brussels kindly hosted the
launch. Apart from book-signing, talks were given by Helen and by Derek Blyth,
who has long been interested in the Brontë links in Brussels and has written
about them in his many guide books. Below are some photos of the event.
The Brussels Brontë Group was originally formed by Brontë Society members in Belgium and the Netherlands to bring together people interested in the Brontës and in the Brussels places with Brontë associations. It soon grew to include members of many different countries and nationalities: British, Belgian, Dutch, French, German and others.
We welcome anyone in any country who is interested in the works and lives of the Brontës (and 19th century literature in general) and would like to know more about the history of the Pensionnat Heger (the school where Charlotte and Emily Brontë stayed in 1842-43 and which inspired Villette and The Professor), the Quartier Isabelle where it stood, and the city of Brussels in the 19th century.
The Blog provides a forum for members to keep in touch with one another, and we welcome contributions by anyone who is interested in our Group.