Singer Kate Bush Pens Bronte Monument Inscription
Singer Kate Bush is contributing to one of four new monuments to the Bronte sisters 40 years after the release of her hit song "Wuthering Heights".
The star has written an inscription for a stone that will be placed on a trail between the family home in Haworth and the sisters' birthplace, seven miles away in Thornton.
Kate said it was "an honour, and in a way, a chance to say thank you to her".
"I am delighted to be involved in this project," she said. "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."
She is one of four artists who have written messages about the sisters, alongside poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who has dedicated a passage to Charlotte Bronte; poet Jackie Kay who will pay tribute to Anne, and author Jeanette Winterson, who will reflect on the Bronte legacy as a whole.
The four stones will be unveiled as part of Bradford Literature Festival on 7 July, where Duffy, Kay and Winterson will appear to inaugurate and read their words. Festival director Syima Aslam said putting Emily's stone on the wild, exposed moors was an obvious choice.
"There was no other way of doing it," she said. "I remember a long time ago being laughed at by a friend as we were driving through the moors and I said, 'It's all so bleak, it reminds me of Wuthering Heights. She just looked at me and laughed.'"
The idea came from Michael Steward, who lives in Thornton, and said he has long-wanted "my village to receive recognition for its place in the Bronte story... it's fascinating to see the project come to fruition."
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