Thursday, April 26, 2018

More on the Brontë Stones

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The Guardian reports that Kate Bush, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeanette Winterson and Jackie Kay will be taking part in the Brontë Stones project to be unveiled during the Bradford literature festival in July.
Kate Bush is to make her second tribute to Emily Brontë, providing words for a permanent art installation on the wiley, windy moors that inspired Wuthering Heights.
Bush will join the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Scottish makar, or national poet, Jackie Kay and the novelist Jeanette Winterson in a summer project celebrating the Brontë sisters. All four have been commissioned to write a piece of poetry or prose which will then be engraved on stones positioned over the eight-mile route between the sisters’ birthplace and the family parsonage.
Winterson will celebrate the Brontë legacy as a whole, Duffy will celebrate Charlotte, Kay has Anne and Bush has Emily.
The Brontë stones project takes place in the bicentenary year of Emily’s birth and, appropriately, the 40th anniversary year of Bush’s Wuthering Heights, the mindblowing song she released when she was just 18 years old.
Bush said she was delighted to be involved in the project. “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.”
The writers have been commissioned by Bradford literature festival, which will unveil the stones in July.
Getting Bush involved is a real coup. [...]
The festival’s director, Syima Aslam, said Bush had been approached with a degree of trepidation. “We saw it as such a good fit, but equally we were, ‘she might just say no’. But you won’t know unless you ask … and she said yes, which was tremendously exciting.”
The stones project is the only way Bush will be marking the 40th anniversary of her song.
Aslam said the Charlotte stone will be at the house where the Brontës, including their wayward brother Branwell, were born in the village of Thornton. Anne’s stone will be in a meadow beside the parsonage in Haworth, now the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where the family grew up. The Emily and Brontë legacy stones will be in the landscape.
Putting the Emily stone on the wild and exposed moors was not a difficult decision to take. “There was no other way of doing it,” said Aslam. “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.”
Aslam said it had been important to get a northern writer to celebrate the Brontë legacy and was thrilled that Winterson said yes.
Winterson recalled growing up in Lancashire and roaming the hills in the rain and feeling both passionate and misunderstood. “I read the Brontës and felt their spirit stand by me,” she said. “The Brontës showed me that hearts beat like mine, that the struggle to know who you are happens across time and generations, and gender.
“They showed me that writing needs the power of the personal behind it – but that somehow the story one person tells has to become a story many people can claim as their own. And the Brontës are women. As a woman I needed those ancestors, those guides. I still do.”
Aslam said the calibre of the writers was important. “It has just been perfect. I could not have asked for anything more. These are writers who will be remembered. As much as the stones will be a way in to the work of the Brontës, they will also be a way into these writers as well.”
Michael Stewart, who lives in Thornton, came up with the idea in 2013. He said he had long wanted “my village to receive recognition for its place in the Brontë story … It’s fantastic to see the project come to fruition”.
Stewart will lead a guided walk between Thornton and Haworth, titled In the Footsteps of the Brontës, on 8 July. The day before, Duffy, Kay and Winterson will be in Bradford to inaugurate the stones and read their words. (Mark Brown)
BBC News and Clipper 28 tell the story too.

The Reviews Hub has a review of Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre at New Theatre, Cardiff.
 Wonderfully, this adaptation allows Jane the space to develop at Lowood without forcing her through those formative years, even casting a ‘Young Jane’, a youthful, yearning but determined Ayami Miyata, to fully flesh out every nuance of movement and temperament, and the pas de deux with Miki Akuta, her ill-fated friend there, is a triumph of innocent tenderness.
Throughout, she’s followed, lifted, and thrown by a corps of characterless men that morph into all the male characters that, as choreographer Cathy Marsten summarises, ‘die on her, let her down, and lie to her’, and Jane defies them, and, as they collectively evoke, death, at every turn, even physically fighting them off to find her way over the moorland to save her love. And as her love, Mlindi Kulashe is the rich, macho, chauvinist Rochester of the novel, his rond de jambes evoking the visceral masculinity that so intimidates Jane, but as their intimacy develops, it’s a control he convincingly renounces in favour of fairness: in their partnering, they are counterparts, not a princess and her consort as in many classical pas de deux.
Elsewhere, Antoinette Brooks-Daw is a delightfully girlish Adele, her allegro light and acting charming, Dominique Larose is a dotty, but devoted Mrs Fairfax, her feet dancing out her underlying flightiness, and Mariana Rodrigues’ Bertha Mason is a red as well as a wild woman, her ragged red dress raging against the otherwise greyed design. Patrick Kinmouth’s muted, minimalist set smoulders in the climactic scene, and, with smoke and Alastair West’s incandescent and atmospheric lighting, it’s an impressively dramatic crescendo.
Jane Eyre is dance drama with joie de vivre and determination, and though Jane may find she is ‘poor, obscure, plain, and little’, Northern Ballet have found the purity, beauty, power and love in Brontë’s novel. (Leah Tozer)
Kelly Allen Writer reviews the production as seen at the same venue.

Cinevue reviews the film Beast describing it as
at once a modern fairy tale, Bronte-esque gothic melodrama and police procedural, (Christopher Machell)
Ellen and Jim have a post on three Brontë novels and adaptations.
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An Emily Brontë alert for today, April 26, in London:
WPFF @ The Bayleys Book Bar: Celebrating Emily Brontë @ 200
Thursday 26th April at 6.30pm

Celebrating Emily Brontë @ 200, a panel of Brontë enthusiasts – including Lily Cole, Juno Dawson, Louise Doughty and Dorothy Koomson – talk about their love of Emily Brontë’s only novel Wuthering Heights and why the Brontë, I Am Heathcliff – containing sixteen original short stories inspired by Wuthering Heights – published by The Borough Press in July 2018.
sisters continue to exert such a powerful influence on writing today. The evening will also offer an exclusive preview of the new anthology

Venue: The Baileys Book Bar at Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London, WC1E 6EQ
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A new adaptation of Jane Eyre opens today, April 26, in Fayetteville, NC:
Sweet Tea Shakespeare presents
Jane Eyre
Adapted and directed by Jessica Osnoe
1897 Poe House on the grounds of the Museum of the Cape Fear, 801 Arsenal Ave.
Thursday through May 6. Shows are Thursday through Sunday @7:30PM
With
Jen Pommerenke plays Jane Eyre and Richard Adlam plays Edward Rochester. Other performers are Gage Long, Alexcia Thompson, Traycie Kuhn-Zapata, Gabe Terry, Annalise Kelly and Erin Fossa

Based on the groundbreaking classic novel by Charlotte Brontë, this premiere adaptation “shakes” up this haunting, lush, gothic romance. Jane comes of age in a world where she must keep secrets to herself. When she falls in love with Edward Rochester, secrets become heartbreak as she and Edward journey through love, loss, unrelenting hope, and undying passion.
Bring your own seating or rent a folding chair or blanket, order some barbeque from Blackstone Smokehouse, sip the draft beer, wine, or sweet tea available for purchase, and join us under the evening sky to enjoy theatre, music, and fellowship.
We will perform, rain or shine, with indoor performances held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church next to the Poe House.
The Fayetteville Observer has further information:
 “Most of our production staff is women,” Osnoe said. “There’s some really incredible women in this production.” (...)
Osnoe said she has long loved Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” One of the challenges in adapting it for the stage, she said, was that the novel is told in first person, a form not well suited to theater. (Rodger Mullen)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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The Hindu (India) features Emily Brontë. The article could have done with a bit of fact-checking and some editing as it initially claims that, 'She is believed to have not travelled beyond her home in Yorkshire' while later contradicting it.
A teacher
Coming from a poor family, Emily worked as a governess and a teacher to help her father. She taught at Law Hill School. She even taught herself German while working in the kitchen (her favourite place outside of the moors) and played the piano well enough to teach it in Brussels. But she became homesick and returned to her beloved moors.
Loved animals
Emily once told her pupils that she preferred the school dog to any of them. She was a great animal lover, and her pets included dogs and a hawk called Nero. Even the evening before her death, she insisted on feeding the family dogs, just as she had always done.
Ellis Bell
In 1845, Charlotte found some poems by Emily written under a pseudonym [!!!]. They realised that all the sisters had written poems in a similar way. So a year later, they jointly published a volume of verse, Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. The names were the pseudonyms used by the sisters. Each sister retained her initials, so Emily wrote under Ellis Bell with Charlotte as Currer and Anne as Acton. The book sold only two copies!
Wuthering Heights
By midsummer of 1847, Emily published Wuthering Heights , but it did not fare well; critics were hostile, calling it too savage, too animal-like, and clumsy in construction. Only later did it come to be considered one of the finest novels in the English language. (Puja Pednekar)
Bustle recommends '15 Books You Probably Hated In High School — And Why You Should Give Them A Second Chance'. The list includes
7 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Brontë
Sure, there are more than a few problems with Jane Eyre's torrid, Gothic romance. Like the fact that Jane forgives her rich, ugly boyfriend for locking his mentally ill wife in the attic and then lying about it. That's... not great. But Jane Eyre is also one of very few old school romances that depicts a lady who is independent, self-sufficient, and only comes back to her boyfriend once she can be considered his absolute equal. (Charlotte Ahlin)
In the Brussels Brontë Blog, Helen MacEwan writes about the recent talks by Lucasta Miller and John Sutherland.

And finally, an announcement from the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
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Today, April 25, a new production of Brontë opens in Colne, Lancashire, UK:
Pendle Borderline Theatre Company presents
Brontë by Polly Teale
The Muni Theatre, Colne
April 25, 26, 27, 28 @7:30PM

This is a play about the famous Brontë sisters, their brother and their father.
It is 1845, plagued by alcohol and drug abuse, Branwell Brontë returns to his family home in disgrace. As their brother descends into insanity, bringing chaos to the household, the sisters write…
Polly Teale’s extraordinary play evokes both the real and the imagined worlds of the Brontë sisters, as their fictional characters come to haunt their creators.
Burnley Express has further information on the production.
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A tribute show to Kate Bush is touring the UK (and even a gig in the States):
Rachel Sinnetta & Her Rubber Band
Wuthering Heights - The music of Kate Bush
Featuring the exceptional vocal expression of Rachel Sinnetta and fully supported by an incredible band of five talented multi instrumentalists … The Rubber Band.

Wuthering Heights, the show, captures not only the magic of Kate Bush’s work from early albums such as tThe Kick Inside through to Ariel but furthermore recreates the atmosphere and ethereal qualities which surround much of Kate’s composition.
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APR 25, 7:45PM
Forum Theatre, Malvern, United Kingdom
APR 26, Thursday, 7:45PM
Stevenage, United Kingdom
APR 27, Friday, 7:45PM
Buxton, United Kingdom
MAY 02, Wednesday, 7:45PM
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
MAY 03, Thursday, 7:45PM
Essex, United Kingdom
MAY 05, Saturday, 7:45PM
Dunstable, United Kingdom
MAY 08, Tuesday, 7:45PM
Colchester, United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland
MAY 11, Friday, 7:45PM
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
MAY 13, Sunday, 7:45PM
Rotherham, United Kingdom
MAY 29, Tuesday, 7:45PM
Liverpool, United Kingdom
MAY 30, Wednesday, 7:45PM
Swindon, United Kingdom
MAY 31, Thursday, 7:45PM
Melksham, United Kingdom
JUN 02, Saturday, 7:45PM
Palace Theatre, Newark, NJ
JUN 03, Sunday, 7:45PM
Bromley, United Kingdom
JUN 07 Thursday, 7:45PM
Porthcawl, United Kingdom
JUN 08, Friday, 7:45PM
Poole, United Kingdom
JUN 09, Saturday, 7:45PM
Ipswich, United Kingdom

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Global Times (China) has an article on the just-closed exhibition Where Great Writers Gather: Treasures of the British Library and looks back briefly on the history of Jane Eyre in China.
To some extent, the translation of British literature not only fostered the cultural development of modern China, but also reflected how people's thinking changed over the years.
During 1920s through 1930s, Jane Eyre was simply regarded as a romance novel in China since many of the original parts of the novel had been deleted or changed in early translations. After 1949, however, translators focused more on staying true to the original work, which allowed Chinese readers to taste the novel's true value. It was also around this time that scholars began researching the book and the Brontë sisters. (Chen Shasha)
Bustle has selected the '10 Most Famous One-Hit Wonders In Literature, From J.D. Salinger To Margaret Mitchell' and guess who's there:
'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë
This is one author who actually did only publish one novel — but what a novel it is. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (one of my absolute faves) is so filled with heartache, rage, and intensity that it’s no wonder it took everything Brontë had. This one hit wonder has inspired everything from ballet and operas to television and film adaptations. (E. Ce Miller)
Newsarama looks forward to some July releases including
Song of Aglaia HC
[...]
The Song of Aglaia is the first solo graphic novel by cartoonist Anne Simon, presenting a beautifully crafted female spin on the classic heroic myths of Greek literature, tracing the journey of a victimized and then almighty woman with a graceful understanding of human relationships and loving nods to the Brontë sisters, David Bowie, and the Beatles.
$19.99
Entertainment Weekly features the TV show UnReal.
Midway through the season, when there was nothing to obsess over, I became obsessed with all the bad weather. Nominally set in Northern California, the show looked unmistakeably Vancouver-y: constant rainstorms, big winter jackets, and the actors’ visible breath confirming the chilly climate. This made every exterior shot inadvertently hilarious; the Everlasting house, supposedly a sudsy-sunny dream of glossy hot-tubbery, looked like the Emily Brontë version of a McMansion. (Darren Franich)
Nyoooz tries to guess what your favourite genre says about you. Is this accurate in your case?
Classics
You swear by the likes of Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway or Brontë sisters— this is the bunch that will always be your beloved writers. You’re the silent one who prefers observing at a distance. You are the one who believes in a deep understanding of a person than superficially mingling with a bunch. You tend to cherish the simplicities in everyday life more than anything else. (Vaishali Jain)
On Facebook, Northern Ballet shows a video of dancer Hannah Bateman visiting the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
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An alert for today, April 24, in Los Angeles:
Victorian Literary Parlour with Walter Nelson - A Book Club
Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë
04/24/2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA

You of refined taste and adventuresome spirit are hereby invited to the Victorian Literary Parlour.
Even the most voracious of readers has read only a small fraction of the 60,000 novels published during the Victorian era. It’s a solid fact that there are some real gems unjustly neglected or even tottering on the brink of obscurity. This then is our enterprise: to reopen forgotten paths in search of literary gold. Or at least polished silver.

Our host is Walter Nelson, a man steeped in all things Victorian. An organizer of historically themed events, instructor of dance, etiquette and proper attire, an experienced phrenological reader, with Mr. Nelson’s hand on the till, we will always know which fork to use and which doors to keep locked.
This is no quotidian book club, but a hazard into the neglected reaches of Victorian literature.
Period attire is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Our first title: the third Brontë’s Agnes Grey.  Yes, Anne – the less trendy, less hyped, more serious sister. Her prose is compared favourably with Jane Austen’s, with exceptional subtlety and wit.
(Via L.A. Weekly)

Monday, April 23, 2018

In The Times, Stig Abell, the Times Literary Supplement editor,has chosen the '30 novels that define Britain', and you may not have expected to see these two:
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)
by Jean Rhys
This prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is about the first wife of Mr Rochester, a Creole woman called Antoinette Cosway. Removed from home and family in Jamaica, renamed “Bertha” and condemned to a confined life in England, she becomes the archetypal “madwoman in the attic”. Again, mental health and societal health are elided in the story. [...]
Villette (1853)
by Charlotte Brontë
I could have picked Jane Eyre, but there is a respectable argument that Villette is the greatest of Brontë’s novels. George Eliot preferred it, saying that there was something “preternatural in its powers”. It is a rewrite of Brontë’s first (belatedly published) novel, The Professor (1857). There are gothic touches and feminist cruxes to go alongside the determined realism throughout.
Another selection is '20 Books by Women that Changed the World' made by 'academic booksellers, publishers and librarians, academicians and academics' for Academic Book Week 2018 (23-28 April). The public has a chance to vote for their favourite on a list which includes Jane Eyre. You can vote here. The winner will be announced on Friday April 27th.

Also in The Times, there's a review of the concert by LPO/Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall.
The challenge? Build a coherent and compelling programme round Stravinsky’s Ode. It should be possible. The result? A flimsy sequence of memorial pieces, and a totally unrelated concerto. Baffling.
Granted, the 1943 Ode is not Stravinsky’s most inspiring work. This 11-minute memorial was commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky in honour of his late wife Natalie; the central Eclogue was salvaged from the composer’s discarded score for Orson Welles’s film of Jane Eyre. Enjoyable enough, yes, but fairly missable. At the premiere one of the trumpeters played everything in the wrong key. I have some sympathy for Koussevitzky, who later admitted that he preferred that cacophonous “original version”. (Rebecca Franks)
Onirik (France) reviews the new edition of Une vie, the 1995 biography of Emily Brontë by Denise Le Dantec.
Une biographie essentielle, à l’occasion du bicentenaire de la naissance d’Emily Brontë. De sa vie propre, on sait finalement peu de choses, ou trop de choses au contraire en regard de sa soeur si célèbre Charlotte, ou de la fratrie comme un tout. Dans cet ouvrage, Denise Le Dantec remplace Emily au centre. [...]
Elle n’a été l’auteur que d’un seul roman et quel roman, Wuthering Heights, totalement incompris lors de sa sortie, car trop sauvage, trop impertinent, en un mot, trop moderne. Encore aujourd’hui, si les lecteurs s’attendent à y trouver une histoire d’amour classique, ils seront déçus. Le roman est complexe, grave, tourmenté. A l’image d’Emily, peut-être. Denise Le Dantec affirme qu’elle a imaginé en Heathcliff le seul homme qu’elle aurait pu aimer.
Que sait-on de ses amours justement ? Rien, ou si peu. Elle est fille de pasteur, numéro quatre dans la fratrie d’origine. Très tôt, elle a une conscience aiguë de la mort qui rôde. Une image forte : il existe un immense attachement, presque hybride, avec sa cadette, Anne, on les voyait volontiers bras dessus bras dessous cheminant dans les landes du Yorkshire. Denise Le Dantec évoque des regards échangés avec un garçon de ferme adopté qui aurait pu être une source d’inspiration et un amour démesuré et stoïque pour son frère, Branwell, à la fin de sa vie.
Poète de génie, Emily nous apparaît comme une jeune femme solaire, aimant la nature, les animaux, la vie de famille à la campagne. Rien de moins que la simplicité d’un quotidien rustique, certes, mais sain. Du moins, en apparence. Denise Le Dantec n’y fait pas allusion, mais il est apparu bien plus tard que la proximité de nombreuses tombes avait véritablement corrompu les conditions de vie au presbytère. Emily meurt de tuberculose, à l’âge de trente ans.
On peut reprocher à l’auteur de cette biographie quelques envolées lyriques quand elle imagine des dialogues entre les soeurs, ou même leurs pensées, mais dans l’ensemble, cette biographie s’impose comme essentielle. (Claire) (Translation)
La opinión de Murcia (Spain) recommends the newly-translated poetry of Emily Brontë.
'Poesía Completa' (1908), Emily Brontë
Uno de los libros recomendados para adquirir el Día del Libro tenía que ser de ella, Emily Brontë. La autora de 'Cumbres borrascosas', uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura romántica, tenía en realidad una única pasión: la poesía. Este libro recopila sus poemas, obras poderosas y apasionadas que combinan la vitalidad del espíritu humano con el mundo natural. (C.G.) (Translation)
The 'Best books on wedding disasters' in the Daily Mail:
And think of poor Jane Eyre, swapping her wedding dress for her old ‘stuff gown’, following the revelation that her groom has a wife in the attic. Instead of leaving Thornfield Hall as its new honeymooning mistress, she steals away at dawn. (Patricia Nicol)
On DNA India, an associate publisher of Bloomsbury India picks Wide Sargasso Sea as her favourite book.
Himanjali Sankar Associate Publisher, Bloomsbury India
Jean Rhys’ prequel to Jane Eyre, The Wide Sargasso Sea, altered my neat, tight-laced understanding of life as it were — it erased my abiding fear of the irrational, of insanity, instilled by the image of Bertha Mason tearing up Jane’s wedding veil, terrifying as it was for me as a child. The conviction in a backstory, of an empathetic logic behind all we do was my biggest takeaway from Jean Rhys, apart from just altering many conventional notions of literature I had — of race, of gender stereotypes, of marginalisation. The sheer wonder in worlds differently imagined and the very boldness of completely dismantling a classic to create a new one!
The Hollywood News reviews the film Beast.
But this is a film about the transgression of repression, not the repression itself, and so enters Pascal, saving Moll from a potential assault after she runs off to a club to escape her own birthday party, by nothing less than pelting the perpetrator with pebbles and threatening to shoot him. He literally appears like Heathcliff from the sand dunes, suitably rugged and the perfect broody, untamed mismatch to Moll’s shy and painfully upper-class trappings. They appear, at first, to be exactly what the other needs. (Abi Silverthorne)
ITV News discusses 'book block'. the books that cause it the most and how to get rid of it.
And the books that adults are most likely to struggle to finish? The poll suggests that readers are more likely to have difficulty with modern-day novels, such as Fifty Shades Of Grey, rather than works by classic authors such as Dickens or Emily Brontë. [...]
Books adults are most likely to struggle to finish:
  • Fifty Shades Of Grey, EL James
  • The Fellowship Of The Ring, JRR Tolkien
  • Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling
  • Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  • Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
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Today, April 23, in Sagunt (Spain), a complete public reading of Wuthering Heights will take place:
Día del Libro: Lectura Ininterrumpida de Cumbres Borrascosas
Casino Recreativo y Cultural de Puerto Sagunto
April 23, 10:00 AM

Un año más, el Casino Recreativo y Cultural celebra su día del libro, será el próximo 23 de abril a partir de las 10:00 hasta las 20:00h. este año la lectura ininterrumpida será del libro ” Cumbres Borrascosas” de la poetisa y narradora británica Emily Brontë, conmemorando así los 200 años de su nacimiento.
El Casino invita a todas las Asociaciones culturales, así como a todos los centro eduacativos y todo el público en general a ser partícipes de este acontecimiento.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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The Fayetteville Observer presents an upcoming (Thursday through May 6) local adaptation of Jane Eyre:
There’s a lot of turmoil in “Jane Eyre” — insanity, a fire, a suicide.
But that’s not really what the story is about, said Jessica Osnoe.
“Ultimately, it’s a story of redemption,” she said. “It’s a story of homecoming. It’s a love story.”
Osnoe is directing a version of the story for Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She adapted the play from Charlotte Brontë’s book, which was published in 1847.
The play debuts Thursday, with performances continuing through May 6. It will be performed on the grounds of the 1897 Poe House on the grounds of the Museum of the Cape Fear. (...)
Osnoe said she has long loved Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” One of the challenges in adapting it for the stage, she said, was that the novel is told in first person, a form not well suited to theater. (Rodger Mullen)
The Boar on the title of a novel:
A popular trend in titles is to keep things simple by using the name of an important character. Examples include Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist and Moby Dick. All of these take the most memorable character – be it the heroine, young hero or white whale – to remind readers who their attention should be on. (Gilles Allen-Bowden)
Books to read when you 'need a little break from the daily grind' in Bustle:
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell:
If you're a fan of the Brontë sisters, you'll love this literary mystery. Samantha is the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family. When she arrives for her first semester at Oxford, she winds up on an elaborate scavenger hunt, which might just reveal a long-lost family heirloom. (Melissa Ragsdale)
Paris Normandie (France) interviews Denise Holstein, Auschwitz survivor:
Un livre: «Les Hauts de Hurlevent (un classique de la littérature Anglaise du XIXe siècle écrit par Emily Brontë où la mort est omniprésente. C’est un des rares livres qui m’a passionné. (Joce Hue) (Translation)
Justfocus (France) lists the favourite books of the staff:
Mon coup de coeur classique ? Les Hauts de Hurlevent d’Emily Brontë. Et sans hésiter !
C’est un livre que j’ai découvert lors de mes 15 ans à peu près en même temps que le reste de la belle littérature anglaise : Raisons et Sentiments, Northanger Abbey et plein d’autres. (...)
Ce roman est avant tout l’histoire d’une vengeance. Et d’un amour si fort qu’il n’a pu être contenu que dans la mort. Ce roman c’est un roman qui coupe le souffle et ébranle à la fois. C’est l’histoire d’Heathcliff, orphelin recueilli par Mr Earnshaw, qui tombe amoureux de Catherine lors de son arrivée dans la famille de celle-ci. Cette relation ne sera bien sûr pas acceptée.
J’ai eu l’occasion de relire ce roman plusieurs fois et je ne me suis totalement imprégné de l’univers et des problématiques qu’au bout de la 3ème fois tellement l’histoire est complexe. (Kler Jacquesson) (Translation)
Some characters of films based on novels in ANSA (Italy):
Jane Eyre
Uno dei personaggi più famosi creati dalla penna di Charlotte Brontë e protagonista dell’omonimo romanzo, Jane Eyre si è guadagnata un posto tra i grandi classici della letteratura inglese come una delle prime icone femministe dell’ottocento. Il personaggio di Jane, accolto favorevolmente già al momento della pubblicazione del romanzo, è ancora oggi molto attuale e ha dato spunto a numerosi adattamenti cinematografici e televisivi, tra cui una miniserie prodotta dalla BBC e un film che vede Mia Wasikowska e Michael Fassbender nel ruolo dei protagonisti. (Translation
The Daily Nation (Kenia) publishes a self-help article with an Emily Brontë quote. VRT (Belgium) discusses the relationship between the photographer Gered Mankowitz and Kate Bush. The Liverpool Porcupine [Revisited] celebrates too Charlotte Brontë's anniversary. Yesterday's Wall Street Journal Crossword included a Brontë question:
91. Wuthering Heights writer.
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Starting tomorrow, April 23, a new production of Wuthering Heights opens in Keighley:
Wuthering Heights
Romantic Drama by Emily Brontë
Adapted by April de Angelis
Directed by Nikki Barrett
Monday, 23rd April 2018 to Saturday, 28th April 2018
Performance begins at 7.30pm

A brand new adaptation brings Emily Brontë's passionate and spellbinding tale of forbidden love and revenge to life on stage. Set on the wild, windswept Yorkshire moors, Wuthering Heights is the tempestuous story of free-spirited Catherine and dark, brooding Heathcliff. As children running wild and free on the moors, Cathy and Heathcliff are inseparable. As they grow up, their affection deepens into passionate love, but Cathy lets her head rule her heart as she chooses to marry wealthy Edgar Linton. Heathcliff flees broken-hearted, only to return seeking terrible vengeance on those he holds responsible, with epic and tragic results. 
Keighley News gives some further information:
It has been 25 years since the playhouse staged Wuthering Heights in an adaptation by Charles Vance, in which Nikki played Cathy herself.
Nikki said: “I feel extremely fortunate for the opportunity to direct a play so close to my heart, and it has rekindled my love for such a passionate story.”
The new adaptation by April De Angelis explores the full novel and stays very true to the story and characters.
It is slightly different from the usual Keighley Playhouse show as it is written as a simple production with minimal set and props, allowing the audience to use their imagination. (David Mason)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Several newspapers and news outlets celebrate Charlotte Brontë's 202nd anniversary:
Bradenton Herald looks into some biographies and novels available at the Manatee County Public Libraries:
The famous Brontë sisters came by their artistic ability to describe natural settings through an unusual upbringing in remote West Yorkshire, England – the Brontë sisters were raised as “free-range children.” The Brontë Society maintains Brontë Parsonage Museum in Yorkshire, with wild moors intact so we may retrace the Brontë’s steps. Manatee County libraries can help search out the Brontë Parsonage.
Claire Harman’s “Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart,” an exciting biography, explores the life of the leading daughter, Charlotte, the eldest child. Author of “Jane Eyre,” she forged a path in publishing for her sisters following the cancer death of their mother. Two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, died as teenagers from recurring lung disease which suddenly struck both girls after they were sickened at a school for daughters of poor clergymen. Amazingly, three Brontë novels, “Jane Eyre” first, all came out in 1847, but Emily and Anne died soon afterwards. An earlier, self-published poetry book, initiated by Charlotte, is another legacy of the poetic Brontë sisters.(More) (Jeffery Austin)
Other places celebrating the anniversary are Devdiscourse, The Brontë BabeWritergurlny, AnneBronte.org,SoloLibri (in Italian) (the same website also lists several of the 'unmissable' Jane Eyre adaptations), Loff.it (in Spanish)...

Mental Floss presents ten facts about Charlotte Brontë:
Charlotte Brontë was born in England to an Irish father and Cornish mother on April 21, 1816. And though much of her life was marked by tragedy, she wrote novels and poems that found great success in her lifetime and are still popular nearly 200 years later. But there’s a lot more to Brontë than Jane Eyre. (Read) (Suzanne Raga)
The National Student vindicates Villette:
Jane Eyre, as almost everybody knows, is the story of a girl whose horrific experiences at school help her to grow and become the strong, forthright woman who refuses to become her employer’s mistress. The infamous ‘mad woman in the attic’, the brooding darkness of Mr Rochester, and Jane’s own impassioned calls for female emancipation all combine to make a memorable and very adaptable book.
But I’m not going to tell you about Jane Eyre: what could be said that hasn’t been said before? I’m going to tell you about Brontë’s 1853 novel, Villette, a text which the majority of people have probably never heard of.
On the surface, it’s perhaps easy to see why people shy away from Brontë’s last completed work. Whilst it too follows a young girl’s growth into womanhood, there’s no simple trajectory here, no sympathetic narrator and not even a happy ending. There are fewer adaptations and fewer reworkings. It’s also, in the Penguin edition, over 600 pages long, with extensive notes including translations of the many paragraphs written in French. It’s not an easy text. (More) (Jo Bullen)
Keighley News reports some Museums at Night activities at the Parsonage:
Literature fans are being offered a rare chance to see the fabled Brontë Quilt.
The patchwork quilt, which was worked on by the Brontë sisters and their Aunt Branwell, is rarely displayed due to its size and fragility.
As part of the Museums at Night celebration. the quilt will be taken out of storage for visitors to the Brontë Parsonage Museum to see after-hours.
“Splendid shreds of silk and satin” is the title of the event on May 16 from 7.30pm at the Haworth museum.
Visitors will be joined by members of the Totley Brook Quilters from Sheffield, who produced a replica quilt for Charlotte’s bicentenary in 2016. This is being donated to the museum.
A look at museums spokesman said: “The special evening will provide an insight into the sisters’ needlework, particularly Emily’s, and the work involved in creating the replica.” (...)
Another Museums at Night event, Hands On History, will be held on Thursday, May 17 until 8pm.
Visitors will be given an insight into the day-to-day domestic life of the Brontës, including a look at intriguing domestic objects from the collection. (Jim Seton)
In The Spectator, Sam Leith discusses the dumbness behind a "Books By Women That Changed The World" list (as published by, for instance, The Bookseller):
If you strip out ‘personal experience’ and ‘like, feelings’ – the other thing women are good at, right? – in the form of fiction (Jane Eyre but no Middlemarch? And no Sappho?) and memoir, you’re left pretty much with Naomi Klein, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Rachel Carson as cheerleaders for the female contribution to intellectual history.
USA Today and yet another list:
On May 22, PBS launches The Great American Read series, inviting Americans to vote for their favorite book (or books) from the list of 100 finalists below.
Which includes Jane Eyre (number 59) and Wuthering Heights (number 100).

The Guardian lists national park beauty spots:
Peak District - Dovedale Charlotte Brontë found the inspiration to write Jane Eyre after her visit to the Peak District and she wasn’t the only one to be captivated by the area. Jane Austen based the setting of her novel Pride and Prejudice on Bakewell, where she stayed in 1811. Britain’s oldest national park offers many an inspiring view, but for a start, try Dovedale – a pretty river valley that will transport you to the time when these giants of fiction were still conjuring their stories on these very hills.
Halifax Courier interviews Robin Tuddenham, chief executive of Calderdale Council:
Who is your favourite Yorkshire author/artist/performer? It is hard to say just one, but I’m going for Emily Brontë. I read Wuthering Heights when I was 16, and it blew me away. You can feel, smell and sense the environment the Brontës grew up in so much that when I went to Haworth in my early 20s I thought I had already been there. (Ian Hirst)
Financial Times reviews The One Who Wrote Destiny by Nikesh Shukla:
It’s not only because my dad was from Keighley that I am attracted to this novel. It’s also that Keighley has never featured in any novel I have come across (apart from those of the Brontë sisters, who lived nearby), and especially not in conjunction with Kenya and Harrow. A low-set industrial town close to the Yorkshire Dales, this is where Mukesh Jani, an Indian Kenyan looking for the big time, ends up in 1966, instead of in London, where he had hoped to do a degree and link up with his juggler friend Sailesh. All he finds in Keighley, though, is loneliness, bad weather and racism; and yet in the midst of these, love. (Diana Evans)
Evening StandardRadio Times and The Mirror reviews the film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society:
Tragic events ensue after that nocturnal encounter. Imperious book club matriarch Amelia Maugery (Penelope Wilton) lost her daughter and unborn grandchild to a bomb. Then her substitute daughter Elizabeth vanished, leaving her baby daughter behind with Dawsey, whom she calls Daddy. No one, not even permanently sozzled gin bootlegger and Brontë sisters superfan Isola Pribby (Katherine Parkinson, adding poignancy to the comic relief), wants to tell Juliet why. (Matthew Norman)
Shaffer’s novel might still be on her bedside table waiting to be read, but making Potato did inspire in Parkinson a fresh passion for literature. “It was while I was doing the film that I started to read for pleasure. My children [Dora and Gwendolyn with her husband, actor Harry Peacock] are five and three, and I’ve just started to get that slight sense of having a life back and not being exhausted every night.” Asked to name a favourite… book, not child… she plumps for Jane Eyre, which she only got around to recently. “I know I’m coming late to the party but I was so moved by it,” she says.
Making her way through the classics, just as they do in the film, was something Parkinson could finally share with her ex-English teacher mum. “My mum knew so much I thought I’m not going to even go there and now we’ve been able to chat about books, particularly Jane Eyre as she used to teach it.” (Claire Webb)
Very much a love letter to literature of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, so true to form our romantically named heroine is caught between the attentions of Glen Powell's dashing American diplomat, and Michiel Huisman's hunky book-loving farmer, called Darcy, sorry, Dawsey. (Chris Huneysett)
And St. Albert Gazette reviews My Cousin Rachel 2017:
My Cousin Rachel follows in the same vein as Rebecca with a story set on the moors of England. It combines the unrequited love of Jane Austen’s stories with the psychological cruelties that manifested in the characters of Emily Brontë’s tragic novel Wuthering Heights but it combines them in a way that is less of a mix than it is a downright crush. (Scott Hayes)
Kate Mosse on Fishbourne in The Guardian:
In the 1960s, I explored with my parents, climbing into the branches of the stunted oak trees down by the water where a scuttled rowing boat rotted slowly. In the 70s, the teenage years, I wandered with a copy of Wuthering Heights in the hope that someone would admire such solitude.
Forbes reviews the VR film Arden's Wake: Tides Fall.
Meena, beautifully voiced by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, searches in vain for her father, a drunk who’s gone missing during a scrap dive. As “Arden’s Wake” ended, Meena is swallowed by a sea monster. In the sequel, “Tides Fall”, we learn the sea monster, which Chung named “Derie”, is actually saving Meena, not eating her. Meena awakens inside the magical beast, which seems to be telepathically emitting an Emily Brontë poem while Meena relives and comes to terms with her tragic life and troubled father. (Charlie Fink)
Reader's Digest lists quotes on education:
"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones"
Brontë wrote these powerful words in her classic novel, Jane Eyre. Prejudice and ignorance wither if they're exposed to light and learning. Ignorance is the only thing that allows intolerance to flourish. (Molly Pennington)
Mental Floss talks about George Eliot:
However, she did allow that not every book written by a woman fell into this trap, praising writers like Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë) and Elizabeth Gaskell. (Suzanne Raga
Gender vindications in Daily Times (Pakistan):
Women throughout history have performed roles specifically set aside for men. Cleopatra ruled the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Emily Brontë penned novels under the male name Ellis Bell. Marie Curie received two Nobel prizes for her work in physics and chemistry. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Occupations and activities have no gender but are constructed as such to ensure the pillar stands tall, thereby compelling women to push against it. But why must a woman compete with a man to be equal? Why must a woman prove she can fix her own flat tyre? Is matching a man’s every step the only means of undoing gender inequality?
Kristian Wilson discusses on Bustle how she changed her mind on Jane Austen:
I should probably pause the story here to note that at no point did I ever consider Jane Austen to be a poor writer. I found her work to be as well written as any other novel of the time, but, with the exception of Jane Eyre, I had a rather low opinion of 19th-century literature in general.
Also on Bustle, books to read if you are depressed:
Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg. I'll be the first to admit that jokes aren't that fun during a depressive episode, so you might not enjoy Texts from Jane Eyre as much right now as you would on a good day, but the quick and easy-to-read format might be just what you need to feel accomplished today. (Kristian Wilson)
Sentinel Source reports the performances of Jane Eyre. The Musical in Peterborough. Spielfilm (in German) announces that Jane Eyre 2011 is on 3Sat and Sky Cinema Emotion tonight. This adaptation is mentioned by Libreriamo (Italy):
Uno dei personaggi più famosi creati dalla penna di Charlotte Brontë e protagonista dell’omonimo romanzo, Jane Eyre si è guadagnata un posto tra i grandi classici della letteratura inglese come una delle prime icone femministe dell’ottocento. Il personaggio di Jane, accolto favorevolmente già al momento della pubblicazione del romanzo, è ancora oggi molto attuale e ha dato spunto a numerosi adattamenti cinematografici e televisivi, tra cui una miniserie prodotta dalla BBC e un film che vede Mia Wasikowska e Michael Fassbender nel ruolo dei protagonisti. (Translation)
Le Figaro (in French) asks their readers about books that made you grow:
S'il est difficile de choisir un livre préféré, il est plus aisé de déterminer celui qui a changé notre vision du quotidien, de ce qui nous entoure, qui nous a fait avancer. Andrée M. est la première à se prêter au jeu et lance spontanément le titre des Hauts de Hurlevent (Emily Brontë, 1847). «Pour la sauvagerie réaliste, l'aridité des êtres», ajoute-t-elle. Une histoire d'amour et de vengeance dans un paysage sauvage qui donne une idée de la cruauté des hommes et des sentiments. (Julie Profizi) (Translation)
On ETB1 (in Basque), a literary programme recommends Jane Eyre:
Por otra parte, la lectora de esta semana, Maddalen Marzol, se acercará también al puerto de Donostia y recomendará Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë.
'Artefaktua' se emite hoy, a las 15:00 horas, en eitb.eus y ETB1. (Translation)
ViceVersa Magazine (in Spanish) reviews the novel Temporada de Huracanes by Fernanda Melchor:
La novela mexicana Temporada de huracanes (Random House, 2017) de Fernanda Melchor parece estar escrita con la misma relojería infernal de Sinclair, Cumbres borrascosas y, por supuesto, Comala. (Roberto Cambronero Gómez) (Translation)
Le Parisien (France) interviews Mayte Garcia and unveils an unlikely Brontëite: Prince !
Eric Bureau: Avait-il d’autres passions que la musique ?
Il adorait regarder des films, en particulier les vieux classiques, les films romantiques. On a dû voir des dizaines de fois « Les Hauts de Hurlevent », « Le Parrain »… Il adorait aussi jouer au bowling. Il louait le bowling pour la nuit et nous jouions tous les deux. C’était assez drôle. (Translation)
Best Movie (Italy) reviews the film Ghost Stories:
Un’architettura filmica quasi neoclassica che i due, che già hanno dimostrato di saper maneggiare l’orrore e il soprannaturale sia con la League of Gentlemen sia a teatro, si divertono ad abbattere a martellate nel terzo atto, dando vita a un’opera che riesce a essere lisergica e allucinante pur restando ancorata a un certo modo di fare paura del quale gli inglesi sono maestri già dai tempi delle Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë. (Gabriele Ferrari) (Translation)
Screenweek (Italy) talks about Crimson Peak:
Là era la straziante storia di una bambina costretta a sopravvivere agli orrori della Spagna del fresco dopoguerra, che si rifugiava in un mondo magico di creature fantastiche. Qui è una piccola, insipida storia d’amore in stile Cime tempestose con contorno di fantasmi, affogata in colori pre-raffaelliti. (Nanni Cobretti) (Translation)
Cinematographe (Italy) reviews the film Mal de Pierres:
La donna, innamorata delle storie dolorose e dolenti che ha letto nei libri, desidera gli uomini con lo stesso ardore di Cime tempestose – che le viene regalato dal suo professore di letteratura di cui si innamora perdutamente -, soffre come Anna Karenina, si contorce con tutto lo struggimento delle eroine dei grandi romanzi, perdendo così il legame con la realtà. (Eleanora Degrassi) (Translation)
ActuaBD (France) lists some of the nominees for the Mangawa Awards including the Manga Jane Eyre adaptation on the Shoju category. MustreadTV (a book in a minute) talks about Jane Eyre. TKM (México) puts Wuthering Heights in a books-that-break-your-heart category.
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Tomorrow, April 22 an alert from Ascea in Sorrento, Italy. The presentation of the recently published Italian translation of the 1883 Emily Brontë biography by A. Mary F. Robinson:
Presentazione biografia Emily Brontë
April 22, 11 AM - 1 PM
Libreria Alfagamma - Ascea Marina (SA)

La Prof.ssa Maddalena De Leo e la Casa editrice L'Argolibro presenteranno la biografia di Mary Robinson recentemente tradotta in italiano e pubblicata.

Friday, April 20, 2018

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The Telegraph (India) has an article on Charlotte Brontë's artwork.
Not many people know that under different circumstances, Charlotte Brontë - whose 202nd birth anniversary is tomorrow - might have gone down in history as an artist. As a 12-year-old, the first ambition of the author of Jane Eyre was to be a professional miniature painter. For her, art was not just a passion, but a career goal and a means of escape. Charlotte constantly battled a deep sense of unfulfilled ambition, exasperated by the societal constraints of her time. She did not want the kind of jobs available to unmarried women from modest backgrounds - she wanted to draw and paint. [...]
Charlotte's keen study of visual imagery helped her 'read' paintings - this played a big part in her growth as an author. The visual arts provided her succour in her early life, helping her to bring the ideas and subjects of pictures into her literary writing.
Charlotte's dream of being a professional painter may never have been realized, but she made sure her experiences with art counted for something. Her ability to notice minute details in people - a skill likely inherited from her study of fine points in prints and engravings - is reflected in her writing. Sample her description of Edward Rochester: "I knew my traveller with his broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognised his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw - yes, all three were very grim... His shape, now divested of cloak, I perceived harmonized in squareness with his physiognomy: I suppose it was a good figure in the athletic sense of the term - broad chested and thin flanked; though neither tall nor graceful." Charlotte's description is as good as a portrait of the man.
In the year 1848, Charlotte received a letter from her publishers asking her to do the artwork for the second edition of Jane Eyre. She responded with her characteristic wit: "I have... wasted a certain quantity of Bristol board and drawing-paper, crayons and cakes of colour, but when I examine the contents of my portfolio now, it seems as if during the years it has been lying closed some fairy has changed what I once thought sterling coin into dry leaves, and I feel much inclined to consign the whole collection of drawings to the fire." Thankfully, she did no such thing - at present, close to 200 original artistic works of Charlotte Brontë exist in the world. (Nayantara Mazumder)
Apollo tells about a recent celebration of Romani art and culture which included this:
At the Long Night of Coming Out evening, a stage dressed to resemble outer space played host to a range of of performance pieces by Romani artists from across Europe. A futuristic sisterhood of Romani alchemists claimed to possess the secret of human survival. The ghost of Heathcliff appeared in a straitjacket to ask why his Gypsy ethnicity had been whitewashed from so many interpretations of Wuthering Heights. (Damian Le Bas Jr)
Another recent event told by El Mundo (Spain) was a gathering of women from all walks of life to read fragments of works of literature against prejudice. The texts had been compiled by Ángeles Caso, who wrote the Brontë-related novel Todo ese fuego.
Los fragmentos leídos abarcaron textos escritos por mujeres desde el Siglo de Oro hasta la primera mitad del siglo XX (María de Zayas, Juana Inés de la Cruz, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë y Edith Wharton entre otras) muestran muchos temas todavía vigentes hoy en día. La periodista Ángeles Caso se encargó de la selección. "He buscado textos que expresasen bien la rebeldía, la insatisfacción y el combate. Tenemos un gran árbol genealógico de mujeres valientes y luchadoras reclamando la igualdad de derechos", resumió. (Translation)
This columnist from Diario de Cádiz (Spain) looks back on her first grown-up reads.
Y Jane Eyre: historia que, leída con gafas violetas, da para un cuento de terror que el Ancho mar de los Sargazos sólo empieza a abarcar. Somos todas nuestras historias, las de dentro y las de fuera de la sangre. (Pilar Vera) (Translation)
Mirror describes the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as
Very much a love letter to literature of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, so true to form our romantically named heroine is caught between the attentions of Glen Powell's dashing American diplomat, and Michiel Huisman's hunky book-loving farmer, called Darcy, sorry, Dawsey. (Chris Hunneysett)
The Sun tells how actress Claire King was 'groomed by a man when holidaying with her family as a teen'.
The star admitted she kept her plans a secret from her parents as she was obsessed with the idea of her having a holiday romance with the man, who she said "looked like Heathcliff", the handsome anti-hero from Emily Brontë's novel Wuthering Heights.
Recounting the ordeal, she explained: "I was 14, as well, when I had a similar thing.
"'I wasn't groomed' - but I was. I was on holiday with my parents and I got taken out.
"And my idea was all the romance and things because he looked like Heathcliff and I wanted to be Cathy." (Kayleigh Giles)
My Palm Beach Post features a local co-valedictorian whose favourite novel is Jane Eyre. An announcement from Emma Butcher on Twitter:
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This weekend in Brussels:
Brussels Brontë Weekend
21 April 2018

11:00 Talk by Lucasta Miller – The Brontë Myth: Emily Brontë’s legacy

Dr Lucasta Miller is a writer and critic. Her The Bronte Myth (2001) chronicles the history of ‘Brontëmania’ in a fascinating combination of biography, literary criticism and history. It traces the evolution of the public personae of Charlotte and Emily Brontë since the first biography of the family by Elizabeth Gaskell, showing how they have been reinterpreted by each generation and cast as everything from domestic saints to sex-starved hysterics.

14:30 Meet John Sutherland 

John Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. A specialist in Victorian fiction, he is the author of 18 books including the two books of classic fiction puzzles Is Heathcliff a Murderer? and Can Jane Eyre Be Happy? He will chat about his miscellany of Brontë curiosities The Brontësaurus: An A–Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë (and Branwell), published in 2016, and take questions.
Venue: Gemeenschapscentrum Op-Weule, rue Saint Lambert 91, 1200 Woluwe Saint Lambert (next to Woluwe Shopping Centre). One talk: Non-members €10, members €5. Two talks: non-members €15, members €7. Registration essential for all events. To register, contact Helen MacEwan

22 April 2018
Guided walk

This two-hour walk features Brontë places in the Place Royale area. Entrance fee: €10.
10am, 22 April 2018, to register, contact Helen MacEwan.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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This writer from Daily Times (Pakistan) stretched a trip to Scotland:
As we boarded the train to Leeds, to check out Haworth, where the Brontë sisters wrote their classics and are buried, we realised we had just scratched the surface of Scotland. There is so much more to see on a future visit. (Ahmad Faruqui)
Coincidentally, Christopher Fowler explores the North of England:
‘Can I ask – have you ever had a proper job?’I explained that I’d been a journalist and had run a film company before becoming a writer, and she cut me off. ‘No, a proper job.’‘Like what?’ I asked.‘You know,’ she replied. ‘Lifting.’True, I hadn’t done any lifting except at the gym, but I knew a bit about books. I knew that Thomas De Quincey, John Braine, Charlotte Brontë and Alan Bennett were all from the North, as were Margaret Drabble, Beryl Bainbridge and Jeanette Winterson. Bainbridge’s novels, like ‘Young Adolf’, based on the myth that Hitler once worked at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, brought hilarity to death and darkness. [...] Forget about the Brontës; I’ve always admired David Nobbs, John Braine, Winifred Holtby, Alan Sillitoe, Stan Barstow and Keith Waterhouse, who mixed dark and light together almost without thinking.
The Telegraph and Argus tells about a new project at Keighley railway station.
Passengers can now learn more about a town’s rail history as they wait for a train.Interpretive posters outlining the impact of railways on Keighley have been installed in the waiting rooms on platforms one and two of the town’s station.Behind the project is the Keighley Station Partnership (KSP), a group dedicated to improving information provided at the site. [...]Keighley BID officer, Phil Walker, said: “Keighley Station is a ‘destination gateway’ to Brontë Country and there has long been a need to provide information on what the town has to offer to visitors arriving from Leeds, Bradford and Skipton, as they walk up the long ramps to the forecourt.“We hope these imaginative posters, and others yet to come, will do that and Keighley BID has been happy to provide eight new poster cases to fulfill this need.” (Alistair Shand)
We have several reviews of the film adaptation of The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Society.
When Juliet arrives from London, she is regarded with awe simply because she is the author of a book about Anne Brontë. When the book lovers discover she is planning an article about them, their attitude changes. They’re harbouring some painful secrets which they don’t want to share.As in Ealing comedies, the community is far stronger than any individual. The mildly eccentric members of the literary society remain remarkably loyal to one another. The war, meanwhile, is presented as an inconvenience. The members of the Potato Peel society are so busy discussing Brontë and Charles Lamb’s Shakespeare stories that they manage to keep the outside world at bay. (Geoffrey Macnab for The Independent)
It's 1941, the Channel Island of Guernsey is under German Occupation and a group of friends are caught out after curfew. In desperation, they tell the patrol that they're returning from a meeting of their reading club, figuring the Germans will fail to find anything subversive in the act of reading Emily Brontë and Charles Lamb. (Sandra Hall for The Sydney Morning Herald)
THE PLOT: Post-war London. Juliet (Lily James) is an avid reader and an even more passionate writer. Her latest book on Anne Brontë wasn’t exactly a bestseller. Still, her publisher Sidney (Matthew Goode) has confidence in her cheerful approach to life. Juliet is contacted by Guernsey resident Dawsey (Michael Huisman) about tracking down a Shakespeare book. He relates a brief story about his book club, The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society and how it gave them hope during the German occupation. Intrigued, Juliet heads to the small island in the English Channel to find out more. There, she meets the other members of the Society including the bitter Amelia (Penelope Wilton), who objects to Juliet writing about their wartime experiences. However, this is a story that needs to be told… (Gareth O’Connor for Movies.ie)
Shaffer and Barrows’ short, breezy novel wasn’t aiming for Brontë to begin with, but it’s received soapier treatment still in the slick hands of co-writers Don Roos (some way from “The Opposite of Sex”), Thomas Bezucha (“The Family Stone”) and Kevin Hood (“Becoming Jane”). (Guy Lodge for Variety)
Actor Ben Hardy tells Digital Spy about BBC One's new Woman in White miniseries.
"What really struck me about The Woman in White is just how ahead of its time it was – especially the actual themes of the piece."They're more relevant now than they were when we filmed it, actually – this idea of these two women living freely within the strict structure of Victorian society and a heinous patriarch coming and spoiling everything."It feels very current and the pacing as well... I read the book in a couple of days and it was 600 pages, which I couldn't do with Charlotte Brontë!"This is more modern in terms of pace, and hopefully a modern audience will respond to it." (Morgan Jeffery)
Critictoo (France) highlights 6 roles played by Toby Stephens, including his Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre 2006.
Jane Eyre (2006)
Avant de devenir le capitaine Flint (voir plus bas), on peut dire que le rôle le plus emblématique de la carrière de Toby Stephens sur le petit écran était sans aucun doute celui de M. Rochester dans cette adaptation de Jane Eyre avec Ruth Wilson en tête d’affiche.Célébrée comme étant l’une des meilleures adaptations, l’acteur incarne ce mythique personnage de la littérature, l’exemple type du héros byronien, aussi passionné qu’imparfait. (Carole) (Translation)
Book Riot recommends '50 Must-Read Middle-Grade Graphic Novels', including
4. JANE, THE FOX, AND ME BY FANNY BRITT“ Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends…Fortunately, Hélène has one consolation, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Hélène identifies strongly with Jane’s tribulations, and when she is lost in the pages of this wonderful book, she is able to ignore her tormentors. But when Hélène is humiliated on a class trip in front of her entire grade, she needs more than a fictional character to allow her to see herself as a person deserving of laughter and friendship. Leaving the outcasts’ tent one night, Hélène encounters a fox, a beautiful creature with whom she shares a moment of connection…Before long Hélène realizes that the less time she spends worrying about what the other girls say is wrong with her, the more able she is to believe that there is nothing wrong at all.” (Chelsea Hensley)
According to Electric Lit,
The Best Book Is the One You Can’t Remember Partly or wholly forgotten books can be much more valuable than the ones that are fresh in our minds [...]Books have a strange relationship with memory. I have sometimes been convinced that a certain book contains a lengthy, rapturous, intricately-detailed description of a place, or a clear yet careful elucidation of a complex idea, only to go back and find a scant couple of sentences. On the other hand, there are entire chunks of books that my memory elides (did anyone else forget the whole second half of Wuthering Heights?). (C.D. Rose)
El País (Spain) features writer Gerald Murnane.
¿Posmodernismo? “En absoluto. Se escandalizaría si le dijera cuántas obras consideradas maestras no he leído y cuántas otras de las que nunca ha oído hablar me influyeron”, dice. “Tras Emerald Blue, en 1995, decidí dejar la ficción y me dediqué a trabajar para mi exclusivo placer sobre mundos imaginados. Tenía la ambición de traspasar el paisaje de la novela y entrar en otra dimensión ficticia, como hicieron las hermanas Brontë y Proust”. (José Luis de Juan) (Translation)
Tes discusses school assemblies:
I give a lot of assemblies now and I’m always aware of the privilege of having the (almost) undivided attention of several hundred busy people. I, therefore, try my best to be interesting. Over the past few months, I’ve talked about the Sudan expedition of 1885 and the battle of Trafalgar; I’ve quoted poetry from Henry Newbolt, Charlotte Brontë and TS Eliot; I’ve drawn lessons from the films Strictly Ballroom and War Games; I’ve told the story of the (almost) elimination of polio; and I’ve even proved that there are infinitely many primes (although I think I lost a fair section of the audience in that one). (James Handscombe)
Burgh Vivant posts about Britsburgh Literary Society's recent Evening with Jane Eyre. The Echo posts about Wuthering Heights.