Last May, in occasion of Il Maggio dei Libri (a special occurrence to promote books and reading), we had the chance to organize a very special event dedicated to the Brontё family at Tra Le Righe, a cosy, lovely bookstore in Rome. The owners of this place were absolutely kind, welcoming and encouraging- trusting our deep literary passion they made everything availabe to realize this project, which was so important to us. Of course, in order to offer a well prepared and professional presentation, we needed to collect as much material as possible, and that’s why at the end of April, we caught a plane and came back to Haworth for the second time.
once in Rome- what we wanted was to make them see, hear and feel what the sisters saw, heard and felt back then, in the very places where they lived. This is why we chose to give our meeting the title “Between the pages of the Brontё sisters”- we deeply and carefully thought about a proper title, because we didn’t just want to tell things every reader can easily find “in” the pages of their books (the audience, very passionate and attentive, was already well prepared). We wanted to do something different- showing people what’s hidden “between” the pages of the novels of the sisters- events, people, places, the whole environment which provided nurishment and life for their inspiration. It was a quite daring goal, but thanks to modern technologies we succeeded in collecting images, videos, sounds, noises, and in bringing our audience with us back to Haworth, in a virtual trip through time and space. Of course we didn’t use just images and sounds, but we tried to create a connection with our audience and to communicate through words, but also feelings, and we shared our knowledge about the Brontёs with the people in front of us, who were deeply involved and active.
We were particularly glad and proud to enrich our meeting with the participation via Skype of Professor Maddalena De Leo, the Italian representative of the Brontё Society. Very passionate and extremely expert, she was really kind, active and helpful, and wanted to be a part of this event by sending us an interesting article, reading the poem Life by Charlotte Brontё, and showing us some of her Brontё treasures from her personal collection. So, despite an unsteady internet connection, the audience really appreciated the professional contribution of Professor De Leo, and Charlotte’s poem was just the first contribution. In fact, from that moment on everyone chose something to read out loud. During the reading there was great partecipation, and the following debate was involving and, with our great satisfaction, went on and on even further the closing time.