Originated by writer Michael Stewart, the Brontë Stones project features four new, original works of writing, engraved onto stones n different locations connecting the Brontë sisters’ birthplace n Thornton and the Brontë family parsonage at Haworth. The route is believed to have been used by the sisters between the two locations.
The Bradford Literature Festival commissioned new works by four of Britain’s best-loved literary and cultural figures: poet Carol Ann Duffy, poet and novelist Jackie Kay, novelist Jeanette Winterson and Kate Bush. Winterson celebrates the Brontë legacy as a whole, Duffy celebrates Charlotte, Kay has Anne and Bush has Emily. The project was inaugurated on 7 July 2018, with Michael Stewart leading visitors on a guided walking tour, taking in each of the four stones for the first time a day later.
Kate Bush about the Brontë Stones
Each sister being remembered by a stone in the enigmatic landscape where they lived and worked is a striking idea. Emily only wrote the one novel – an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily’s stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her. (Kate Bush makes second tribute to Emily Brontë with art installation, The Guardian, 26 April 2018)