In preparation for their forthcoming trip to Yorkshire, the members of the Year 9 Athenaeum enjoyed a presentation by Ms Elizabeth Bush about the Bronte sisters and the importance of their local environment on their writing.

The students discussed images of the rugged Yorkshire moorland dotted with ruined buildings and then did a detailed examination of a passage from Wuthering Heights considering the impact of nature both on the writer and the characters.

The discussion ended with a consideration of the relative effect of nature on the development of personality, with most present seeing its impact as particularly significant.  As well as setting the scene for the groups upcoming trip, the lesson ties in with work done earlier in the year about the extent to which knowledge about an author helps to understand their work.