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Contributors in order of appearance
The Scarborough Anne 200 weekend events are now over, but you can still read about the contributors. 

Art Exhibition - Anne Brontë p.200 Woodend 11th Jan - 8th Feb

Based in Scarborough, artist and textile designer, Lindsey has brought together 200 artists, (one for each year since Anne's birth), using pages from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, to create a mini art exhibition, based on Anne's life and or work. 

Artwork is for sale, and can be picked up at the end of the exhibition after 8th February.  

As part of Anne Brontë 200, Lindsey's textiles and artwork will also be on show, (along with Sarah Dew) at the Brontë Parsonage Museum from 1st February to June 21st.

Find out more about Lindsey on her website

Lindsey Tyson


Tracking the Brontë's


Based on Eddie's musical 'Bells' this is a train ride with the Brontë family with live music performed by Elaine Minns and Eddie himself.

Aka the "Bard of Saltaire" now living in Scarborough, Eddie writes songs, musicals, poems and plays. His work mixes fun with social comment, offering thought-provoking entertainment.

"Tracking The Brontës"  has been well received throughout Yorkshire. 

You can find out more about Eddie and his work at

Eddie Lawler

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Talk - Anne Brontë's Poetry


Author, Brontë expert and Anne Brontë Biographer Edward was born and lives in Birmingham.  He was an exhibitioner at Jesus College Cambridge where he gained a top 2nd° and Ma  in classics. He also has an MA in English Literature from Warwick University, a postgraduate teaching qualification from Birmingham University, and PhD at Sheffield on the poetry of Emily Brontë.


Edward has held a number of lecturing posts, and was an educational consultant for the National Association for gifted children.


His publications include biographies of Emily and a Anne Brontë,  a chronology of the Brontë family, an edition of Anne Brontë's poems and also a range of histories of districts through the West Midlands.  His children’s novel, Ghost in the Water was televised by the BBC and is now available on DVD .

For three years Edward was editor of Brontë Society transactions.

Dr.Edward Chitham

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Trish Gurney

Poetry Reading and laying of flowers - Anne's Graveside.

The Brontë family has fascinated and inspired Trish ever since she read Elfrida Vipont’s ‘Weaver of Dreams’ whilst suffering from chicken pox at the age of nine. A Life Member of the Brontë Society and currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Trish lives in Haworth and works as a freelance Dyslexia specialist in the Midlands and the North of England.

Trish Gurney


'Go Back With Me' - St. Mary's Church

‘Go Back With Me’ describes Anne Brontë’s journeys between Haworth and Scarborough moving towards an impression of her final visit to Scarborough, and finally evoking her death in Scarborough.

Dew has used field recordings to bring a greater sense of place, from church bells of Haworth, the birds of the moorlands, to the crashing sea of Scarborough.

A musician, song writer, composer, sound recordist, poet, sonic artist, music teacher and choir leader, with an MA in music, focusing on acousmatic composition.


Sarah's work is " is all about transformation."


"I believe that capturing sounds and setting them within narrative and melody in the context of sonic art, is powerfully stirring."

Sarah Dew


Lecture on 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'


Scarborough-born Tim Tubbs, with a music and literature training, worked in London theatre from 1982 to 2008, programming Sadler’s Wells Theatre, representing dance companies and artists, producing touring shows, managing large-scale events, writing, advising, mentoring, and managing Marylebone Dance Studio.

In 2008 he relocated himself and his charitable company UK Foundation For Dance to Woodend in Scarborough. Since then, he has directed, produced, acted, sung, played and entertained in a wide range of professional and community activities in Scarborough.

His Tuesday Lunchtime Lectures have become a regular and popular feature at Woodend.

Tim Tubbs


Buried in Paradise' Talk on Anne's last days, the ending of Agnes Grey, and Anne's final poetry.


Catherine is a Life Member of The Brontë Society and a former Trustee. She has studied and taught on The Brontë family for many years and has recently published three books on their Lives, Works, and Environment. She is a retired nurse and lecturer with an interest in child psychology and the nature of personality and intelligence. She lives in East Yorkshire and enjoys reading, gardening and visiting her family in all parts of the UK. She is currently writing on the abuse of power in residential health care establishments.

Catherine Rayner

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Opening  and closing of Sunday events, and Forum

Patsy Stoneman is a Vice-President of the Brontë Society and an Emeritus Reader in English at the University of Hull, where she taught for most of her life.  She is the author of Brontë Transformations: the Cultural Dissemination of ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1996; expanded edition 2018) and the editor of Jane Eyre on Stage 1847-1897: An Illustrated edition of eight plays with contextual notes (2007).  She has essays in The Oxford Companion to the Brontes (2003), The Cambridge Companion to the Brontës (2009), The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists (on Charlotte Brontë, 2009) and The Brontës in Context (2012).  She has edited both the New Casebook (1993) and the Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (2000) on Wuthering Heights for Palgrave Macmillan and is the author of Charlotte Brontë in the Writers and their Work series (2013).

Dr. Patsy Stoneman 

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Interwoven Worlds – The Warp and the Weft of Writing

The Grand Hotel


Some say that stories are wasted on the young but professional storyteller Jan Bee Brown believes that whatever our age or life experience stories are the embers of the fire in our soul and a good story or a great book burns within us all.


The most common question at any live author event or book festival Q&A is:

“Where do you get your ideas?”


So where did Anne get hers? As the youngest child Anne must have listened wide-eyed as her siblings imagined new worlds with toy soldiers and a box of skittles. By the age of 9 Anne was an avid reader but what did she read and how did her reading inform her writing? Jan will be delving into the stories Anne devoured from the tales of The Arabian Nights to the serial horror fiction lying in wait in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine. As a teenager Anne secretly read the salacious diaries of Lord Byron so these stories of seduction, scandal and resurrection surely became ‘the weft’ of Anne’s writing. The warp threads were her experience of nature’s raw elements on the moors above Haworth and her work as a governess near York and her beloved Scarborough. With death never far from her mind perhaps, like Scheherazade telling stories for 1001 nights, Anne also told tales to stave off death, Anne wrote stories to live.

Jan Bee Brown

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Committee member!  Thankyou David for all your input.

David Walford

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