Why Anne Brontë didn’t go to Brussels
and why it matters was the title of Samantha
Ellis’s eagerly awaited talk to our group, which finally took place on 20 April.
Afterwards, Samantha tweeted about the irony of giving a talk about Anne
not coming to Brussels while being unable herself to come to Brussels. She said
she was sad not to be on a Eurostar eating ‘proper chocolate’ as she headed
Samantha was originally billed to speak to
us in April last year, Anne’s bicentenary year, when she was busy promoting her
book Take Courage
. Then Covid struck, the lockdown began and her
visit to Brussels was put on hold. A year on, Covid is still with us and Samantha’s talk had to be held virtually. But her speaking style works well on Zoom. Her talk was just like her book – personal, entertaining, erudite, packed with anecdotes and facts.