Celebrating the Brontës


Celebrate the literature and legacy of the Brontë sisters in this podcast, recorded around the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, which features readings from and commentaries on their ground-breaking, powerful, and influential novels and poems.

Works featured include Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Villette alongside the poetry and prose of her sisters, Emily and Anne Brontë. The readings also reflect the creative reimaginings inspired by the Brontës’ fiction in the literature of later women writers, such as Sylvia Plath and Jean Rhys. The podcast mentions a short art film by Jade Monserrat, called Peat Bog, which reinvokes the spirit of the moors; a short version can be viewed below.

The readers are Professor Michael O’Neill, Dr Jennifer Terry, and Dr Sarah Wootton.

If you enjoyed this podcast, check out Sophie Franklin’s list of the top five ways in which the Brontës have influenced culture today.