"A Celebration of the Bronte Sisters" Talk wi 'Tea' (Yorkshire dialect for dinner)

03/27/2024 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM ET


Tea Society Event


  • $70.00


The Fabled Table
1400 Buena Vista Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
United States of America


"A Celebration of the Brontë Sisters”: 

Sylvia Shipp Leads Us on a Biographical & Literary Journey


Pittsburgher Sylvia Shipp will lead us on a biographical and literary journey that celebrates the lives and careers of the world's most famous literary sisters, the Brontes: Emily ("Wuthering Heights"), Charlotte ("Jane Eyre") and Anne ("The Tenant of Wildfell Hall") as part of Britsburgh's continued spotlight on Yorkshire in 2024 as we also enjoy a substantial Tea.


Sylvia Shipp has had a passion for reading all her life. To her, stories are the first virtual reality, and she views reading as a tech-free portal to step into another time and place…and person.


She achieves a 36 book-a-year reading goal via her Libby app, in which she feasts on fiction and non-fiction, as well as classics and contemporary of various genres. As a woman in her early 20s making her way in the world, however, her first literary love was Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë, a book she connected to for its portrayal of an intelligent, sensitive, and determined young woman also making her way in the world, though thousands of miles and a century and a half apart.


In her presentation, Sylvia will lead us through the lives of three talented Brontë sisters: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, and show how the moors on the outskirts of their village Haworth, in West Yorkshire, shaped their lives and writing. She will cover key biographical events, their interests, their diet and clothing style, their different personalities and writing styles, and their literary works




This event is also comprised a 'Tea', a substantial meal, at The Fabled Table on Pittsburgh's Northside. FREE PARKING is available from 5:30 p.m. in the nearby lot located at 1400 BRIGHTON ROAD (across from Rite Aid).


BRITSBURGH MEMBERS LOGIN FOR $50.00 REGISTRATION. To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page


For more information, contact Britsburgh Vice President for Events Kim Szczypinski at kimberly2859@msn.com


Tickets: Members $50; Non-members $70


Note: Tables are a maximum of 6 people. If you have a group who wish to be seated together, either complete one registration or email events@britsburgh.com with the names of your guests. Thank you! 





Scone:  Vanilla Cherry

Tea Sandwiches:  Curried Coconut Chicken; Egg Salad and Asparagus; Cucumber with Lavender and Edible Flowers*

Salads:  Strawberry and Tomato; Herby Chick Pea

Savoury Bite:  Chef's Choice

Desserts:  2 Mini-Desserts (Chef's Choice)

Assorted Teas with Honey, Sugar Cubes, Lemon and Milk. 


*Edible Flowers are grown without pesticides and are removable if not to your taste!





6:00 pm - Gather and mingle

6:15 pm - Tea (Dinner)

7:15 pm - Talk by Sylvia Shipp

8:15 pm - Q&A

8:30 pm - Program concludes







Sylvia teaches exciting academic skill-based and American culture courses, including cinema, literature, and US culture to international students at Chatham University.


Her interests include reading (nearly all genres), film, creative writing, art, architecture, and travel. She lived for three years in Munich, Germany as a young woman between degrees, and at that time traveled all over Europe. She is feverishly interested in doing a pilgrimage across northern Spain on the Camino to Santiago, as a well as doing a literary pilgrimage in England.


A former Californian, she taught in a United Arab Emirates university for 10 years, where she met her husband (from Pittsburgh) and gave birth to her two sons (now teenagers). They also now have a blue heeler/border collie rescue who loves catching a frisbee and going on hikes.








Explore fascinating British-themed topics with the guidance of experts and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow enthusiasts as a member of the Britsburgh Society. Society members enjoy our  programs in the Arts, Beer, History, Literature,Tea and other areas.of interest.   If you are not already a member, we would like to invite you to consider becoming a Britsburgh Society member. To become a member, visit the Britsburgh membership page.





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