Full Moon, Curtains Open

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Clinton Herald interviews the new Youth Services Librarian at the Clinton Public Library:
Rachael Keating: What is your favorite book?
Gabriella Torres: That is a tough question. I love so many books. For a long time it was Jane Austin. I just love Jane Austin (sic). I still get a kick of Jane Austin (sic). I love the Brontë sisters, Emily Brontë and Charlotte Brontë. I’ve always been into the classic female authors.
 Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights 40th anniversary is celebrated by several news outlets:
On January 20 1978, one of the most iconic, interesting and entirely entertaining pop singles of all time was created. Kate Bush released ‘Wuthering Heights’ 40 years ago today and we thought we’d jump at the chance to celebrate a piece of pop music history.
The track, undoubtedly inspired by the novel written by Emily Brontë of the same name, was written in the leafy South London suburb in the summer of ’77. As London was swollen with the viscous angst of punk, Kate Bush was creating a masterful pop record.  “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.
It wasn’t only the subject matter of the song, a ghoulish rendition of dry-ice filled moors and written from the point of view of a deceased Cathy Earnshaw’s longing for Heathcliffe (sic). It was the world’s introduction to Kate Bush. Her employment of dance, mime, theatricality began to herald in a new era for pop music. (Jack Whatley in Far Out Magazine)
Ad aggiungersi ai primati e al fascino di Bush e della canzone ci furono la sua ispirazione al famoso romanzo Cime tempestose di Emily Brontë (con cui Bush condivide il giorno di nascita, 140 anni dopo) e le danze con cui Bush ne accompagnò le esecuzioni pubbliche e in video. (Riccardo Mainetti in Il Post) (Translation)
And, of course, Kate Bush News.

Wired on how to fix capitalism:
In her book Creating Character Arcs, K.M. Weiland describes the animating principle of great fiction: “the lie the character believes”. Ebenezer Scrooge is convinced a man’s worth is measured by money; Jane Eyre thinks the only way to earn love is through servitude; the Wolverine of Logan believes caring for people leads to suffering. The lie prevents the protagonist realising their potential – more than any external hindrance, it stands in the way of progress. (Rowland Manthorpe)
The Bowling Green Daily News reviews Pearl Weaver’s Epic Apology by Rachel Keener:
Perhaps my favorite moment was when one member asked a question: “What literary character would you have chosen to be in high school?” because this is what Pearl does when she reinvents herself for school – she decides to become Jane Eyre. We had a lot of fun answering this question individually for ourselves, and debating why the ones we chose meant so very much to us.
Often, finding things we can connect with in a story makes it much more meaningful. When Pearl loses her father, the author does an accurate but beautiful depiction of what loss feels like, how it leaves us reeling and how we all deal with it in very different ways. Pearl is given a box to fill up with things she does not want to lose of her father’s, and in this box she puts a copy of the last book he was reading to her, “Jane Eyre.” Always one of my favorite novels, the way the author used it within this story was amazing. (Fallon Willoughby)
Film Ireland reviews the film Une Vie:
Brizé set the film in the 4:3 Academy Ratio (the same as Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights adaptation), with its square – as opposed to rectangular screen shape – claustrophobically boxing Jeanne into a life of marital servitude and imprisonment. After all, as Brizé depicts, this is a time when a priest could come to a wife’s home and request that she not leave her husband, despite his many affairs.
However, these tricks, as evocative as they are, do not engage the viewer or work cinematically. Arnold’s Wuthering Heights aimed for a similarly downtrodden depiction of the 19th century. Yet, that film had a stark but savagely beautiful environment – one which managed to capture the oppressiveness of the period but in a way which felt filmic and memorable. In contrast, Brizé’s film just looks dull, like a BBC made-for-TV Victorian novel adaptation. (steven)
El Correo de Burgos (Spain) presents an interesting literary contest:
El certamen [V Concurso de Microrrelatos] recuerda en cada cita a un escritor de relevancia internacional y este año, la dirección del certamen que encabeza el hontoriano Alberto Martín, ha querido ensalzar la figura de la poetisa británica Emily Brönte (sic) , al cumplirse el centenario de su nacimiento. Para ello, todos los trabajos presentados debían tener en común, comenzar con el último párrafo de su novela ‘Cumbres Borrascosas’. (R.F.) (Translation) 
Finally, Phil Hamlyn Williams tweets the unveiling by the Brontë Society London & South-East of a plaque celebrating William Smith Williams:
a privilege to unveil this plaque to William Smith Williams next to his memorial in Kensal Green Cemetery enabling future generations to know this mentor of young writers whose ‘smile and gentle manner charmed all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.’

Vento di Vendetta in Asti

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A Wuthering Heights-inspired performance
today, January 20, in Asti (Italy):
Furi di Quinta presenta (ATtoriamo 2018)
Vento di Vendetta
Liberamento tratto del testo originale Wuthering Heights di Emily Brontë
January 20, 21.00 h
Teatro della Torretta
Piazza N.S. di Lourdes, Asti

Regia: Valter Contiero
Scenografia. Francesco Ramundi
Audio-Luci: Alberto Toscano
Costumi: D.V. Costumi

With
Alberto Politteri,Veronica Bonomo, Susanna Nuti, Enrico Bossotto, Gaetano Di Natale, Loredana Isoldi, Sergio Di Grad.

Wuthering Heights 1970 Blu-Ray

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A new Blu-Ray release of Wuthering Heights 1970:
Wuthering Heights 1970
Directed by Robert Fuest
With Anna Calder-Marshall, Timothy Dalton, Harry Andrews, Hugh Griffith, Ian Ogilvy
BluRay release by Twilight Time Movies
1080p High Definition / 1.85:1 / Color
1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio
English SDH
Extra Features: Michel Legrand's soundtrack. Audio Commentary by film historian Justin Humpheryes. Trailer. Booklet by Julie Kirgo.
Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

Another passionate adaptation of Emily Brontë’s superbly strange, enduringly classic novel, this Wuthering Heights (1970) stars Timothy Dalton and Anna Calder-Marshall as the doomed and deathless lovers, Heathcliff and Cathy. Directed by Robert Fuest (The Abominable Dr. Phibes); shot at wildly beautiful Yorkshire locations by John Coquillon (Straw Dogs).

Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights was first released on a day like today 40 years ago

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York Press Arts editor Charles Hutchinson picks his favourite culture events of 2017.
Stage production of the year in York made outside York: Jane Eyre, National Theatre, Grand Opera House, York, May
"You will not see a better theatre show in York this year, and you won't have seen a better theatre show in York since The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time". So The Press review stated in May. How true that proved to be. Sally Cookson's devised production of vivid, vital imagination brought Jane Eyre back to Yorkshire with breathtaking results.
The Guardian discusses 'the new wave of progressive costume drama'.
The rise of progressive-minded historical dramas – as opposed to the sunlit Laura Ashley-style period films of the 1980s and 90s (think Room with a View to Shakespeare in Love), and the likes of TV’s Downton Abbey – goes back to films such as Andrea Arnold’s radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights, which cast mixed-race actor James Howson as Heathcliff, and the Amma Asante-directed Belle, the 18th-century-set biopic of Dido Belle, who went from childhood among slaves on a West Indian plantation to frilled frocks in Kenwood House. (Andrew Pulver)
Filmmaker Magazine interviews cinematographer Noah Greenberg about his work for the film Lizzie.
Filmmaker: Were there any specific influences on your cinematography, whether they be other films, or visual art, of photography, or something else?
Greenberg: There were a number of random influences in terms of palette, tone, lighting, and camera movement, but three films that were consistently a part of the conversation were Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Wuthering Heights and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The Scotsman reviews the book Literature And Union - Scottish Texts, British Contexts, edited by Gerard Carruthers and Colin Kidd and makes a moot point:
Is there a difference between Scottish and English literature? Indubitably. There could not not be, just as there is a difference between literature from Norfolk or Newcastle or Nairobi or New York. One thing does strike me though. In the works of Smollett, Scott, Stevenson and Buchan, for example, we have peripatetic narrators, who cross borders. In much of “English” literature, we have settled communities – Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch, Barchester, Casterbridge – into which there is an intrusion. (Stuart Kelly)
Fodor's Travel recommends '12 Essential Stops in Ireland’s Most Haunted County', ie. County Offaly.
Charlotte Brontë’s Irish Honeymoon
WHERE: Banagher, County Offaly
Arthur Bell married into the famous literary Brontë family. He brought his new wife, Charlotte Brontë , to his childhood home in County Offaly on their honeymoon. The couple visited the old parsonage and Bell’s future home, now a guesthouse called Charlotte’s Way. The current owners are well versed on the Brontë sisters’ sickly fates, their Irish father, and Charlotte’s Irish husband, as the house became a shrine to the family when Bell returned to stay some years after he was widowed. It puts Charlotte’s Way right onto Ireland’s literary map. (Vic O'Sullivan)
Shetland News inquires into Shetland Library's most loaned books in 2017 and we are surprised to find this:
Library manager Karen Fraser said downloadable talking and audio books are becoming increasingly popular.
"Some of our top authors haven't changed much in recent years, but we always find the trends in these charts quite interesting," she said.
"Clive Cussler and Ann Cleeves have the highest e-book loans, though interestingly Charlotte Brontë's Villette makes a respectable third place."
Much as we love writer Elizabeth Taylor, we don't think her works have much to do with Emily Brontë's as Welt (Germany) claims:
Die Romane der Engländerin Elizabeth Taylor (1912–1975) werden oft mit denen von Jane Austen oder Emily Brontë verglichen. (Translation)
The Thousander Club posts about Wuthering Heights and Steve Pafford celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Kate Bush's musical take on it.

Jane Eyre discussed in Florence

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An alert for today, January 20, in Firenze (Italy):
Sala soci Coop Certaldo,
January 20, 17 h
Jane Eyre: il prototipo romantico

Nuovo appuntamento con il ciclo “Il piacere di leggere” per “assaporare” e conoscere nuovi libri. L'incontro, dal titolo Riflessioni letterarie al femminile, nel quale si parlerà di Jane Eyre: il prototipo romantico, sarà tenuto da Francesca Allegri. A fine conversazione verranno preparati e offerti ai presenti, dallo chef Marco Nebbiai, alcuni assaggi di piatti in sintonia con i tempi e i luoghi della narrazione letteraria oggetto dell'incontro. L'iniziativa è organizzata dalla Sezione Soci Coop in collaborazione con Regione Toscana, Biblioteca Comunale di Certaldo, Biblio Coop, Comune di Certaldo e Unicoop Firenze. (Via GoNews)

Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights turns 40

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DVD Talk reviews the Blu-ray release of Wuthering Heights 1970.
In some respects it's more faithful than the far better regarded 1939 film directed by William Wyler. The cast is excellent, and better suited to their parts than those in the 1939 film version. It lacks the Hollywood polish of that adaptation but is more historically authentic and the budget, reportedly $2-3 million but probably closer to $1 million, is adequate.
As with Wyler's film, this version of Wuthering Heights dramatizes only the first sixteen of the novel's thirty-four chapters, omitting entirely the subsequent generation of characters, and in so doing alters the ending from Brontë's original story. [...]
Robert Fuest directed. A former production designer-turned-television director (particularly numerous episodes of The Avengers), Fuest's main contributions to Wuthering Heights are evocative expressions of loneliness and isolation through his and cinematographer John Coquillon's lensing of the stark North Yorkshire landscape. Peculiarly enough, his later, much-maligned horror film The Devil's Rain (1975) created similar feelings of dread, albeit in a desert setting.
I never much cared for Wyler's film, believing Merle Oberon (as Catherine) and especially Laurence Olivier (as Heathcliff) miscast. Heyward said at the time, "The last version…portrayed him as a regular nice guy and her as sweetness and light. That was not the truth and Hollywood now goes in for the truth. Heathcliff was a bastard and Cathy a real bitch and that's how they'll be in this film."
That's not inaccurate. It's pretty hard to accept the notion of a young Olivier covered in grime and sleeping in a barn, but Dalton looks like he belongs there. Likewise, Anna Calder-Marshall's mesmerizing Catherine projects an ethereal eccentricity, like a woman whose emotions and loyalties are continually short-circuiting. This Wuthering Heights largely rejects the romanticism of the 1939 version, a distortion, really, of Brontë's themes, that nevertheless influenced most subsequent adaptations and percetions of the work generally. In this version, even Hindley subtly, gradually, becomes more sympathetic during the film's second half. The 1939 film also incorrectly set the film in the middle nineteenth century, supposedly because producer Samuel Goldwyn preferred the fashions of that period to the authentic Regency styles of earlier that century.
Beyond the fine principal performances of Calder-Marshall, Dalton, and Julian Glover, Judy Cornwell is especially good as Nellie, who unlike other adaptations secretly is in love with Hindley, a device that adds to the film's effectiveness. In smaller roles, Witchfinder General stars Ogilvy and Hillary Dwyer [Heath] (as Isabella Linton) are good, as are all the younger players, while great veteran character actors like Harry Andrews, Rosalie Crutchley, Hugh Griffith (as Dr. Kenneth), Aubrey Woods (as Joseph, another Earnshaw servant) and many others have fine moments.
Adding class to this atypical AIP production, Michel Legrand was brought in to write the film's excellent score, while Maurice Binder designed its titles. (...)
Parting Thoughts
Not at all bad, AIP's film of Wuthering Heights (boy, does that sound weird) is perfectly respectable; not perfect, but in many ways extremely well done. Highly Recommended. (Stuart Galbraith)
The Telegraph features another 1970s creation based on Wuthering Heights: Kate Bush's song, which will have been released 40 years ago tomorrow.
At around midnight on a clear London night in the spring of 1977, an 18-year-old Kate Bush sat at an upright piano in her flat in Wickham Road, Brockley, and wrote Wuthering Heights. Inspired by the novel by Emily Brontë, with whom Bush realised she shared a birthday, the song took just a few hours to craft. “There was a full moon, the curtains were open and it came quite easily,” Bush told her fan club in 1979.
But despite the song’s easy creation, no one, Bush included, could have predicted the impact that Wuthering Heights, her debut single, would have on popular culture. Released 40 years ago tomorrow, during an era when disco and punk reigned, it knocked Abba’s Take a Chance on Me off the number one slot and turned Bush into a global star. (Read more) (James Hall)
Musiquero (in Spanish) has written about the song too. Also in Spain, both El País and La Voz de Asturias list what's special about 2018 and both highlight Emily Brontë's bicentenary.

Jane Eyre in Dunstable and Anchorage

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A new amateur production of Willis Hall's Jane Eyre opens today, January 19, in Dunstable:
Dunstable Rep presents
Jane EyreAdapted by Willis Hall
Directed by Christine Rayment
Performances: 19 — 27 January 2018
Little Theatre, Dunstable

After a wretched childhood, Jane Eyre yearns for new experiences. Accepting a governess position at Thornfield Hall, she soon finds herself falling in love with the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester.
As Jane wins his heart, they seem set to become man and wife, only for a shocking secret to be revealed.
Retaining all the familiar passionate qualities of Charlotte Brontë's novel, Willis Hall has beautifully transposed the nineteenth century world of Jane Eyre to the stage.
Dunstable Gazette quotes the director, Christine Rayment:
“This is a wonderful complete adaptation of the famous novel. I have had a longstanding love of Jane Eyre so I am very privileged to be directing this production.
“We are very lucky at The Rep to have such a high standard of technical and stage crew. Our team of set-build crew work tirelessly to bring our sets to life. This is a challenging production as it is a difficult construction.
“Our lighting designer and crew are designing some exceptional lighting for the production.”
An in Anchorage, Alaska, a production of the 1988 play The Young Jane Eyre:
Anchorage Community Theatre presents
The Young Jane Eyre
by Marisha Chamberlain
Directed by Krista M. Schwarting
January 19 - February 11, 2018
1133 E 70th Ave. Anchorage AK, 99518

This play is exactly what it sounds like; a closer look at the childhood of Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved heroine. In this family oriented and memorable re-telling, we see in fresh detail the relationships, homes, and horrors that made Jane Eyre who she is.
You’ll like Young Jane Eyre if you like: Jane Eyre, British history, coming of age stories

Female anger vs Mr Rochester

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An article in The New York Times discusses female anger.
I’d loved Rhys for nearly a decade before I read her final novel, “Wide Sargasso Sea,” a reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” whose whole plot leads inexorably toward an act of destructive anger: The mad first wife of Mr. Rochester burns down the English country manor where she has been imprisoned in the attic for years. In this late masterpiece, the heroines of Rhys’s early novels — heartbroken, drunk, caught in complicated choreographies of passivity — are replaced by an angry woman with a torch, ready to use the master’s tools to destroy his house.
It wasn’t that these authors were writing exclusively about female anger rather than female sorrow; their writing holds both states of feeling. “Wide Sargasso Sea” excavates the deep veins of sadness running beneath an otherwise opaque act of angry destruction, and Plath’s poems are invested in articulating the complicated affective braids of bitterness, irony, anger, pride and sorrow that others often misread as monolithic sadness. “They explain people like that by saying that their minds are in watertight compartments, but it never seemed so to me,” Rhys herself once wrote. “It’s all washing about, like the bilge in the hold of a ship.” (Leslie Jamison)
Atwood Magazine has singer/songwriter Unwoman speak a little about each song from her album War Stories, which we already mentioned last week.
Bad Man
This is sung from the perspective of Mr Rochester, from Jane Eyre. He is the actual worst. I’m critical of this trope, the sweet and perfectly innocent young woman saving a dissolute narcissistic man from himself, which unfortunately is still a popular one. (Mitch Mosk)
Metroactive reviews the film The Phantom Thread and focuses on Mr Rochester too.
Anderson claims that The Phantom Thread is a gothic tale—like Jane Eyre's Rochester, Woodcock is made to falter, rising to love a woman loyal enough to survive his scorn. And it's like the dynamics in Rebecca (1940) with Manville as the Mrs. Danvers character. The perverse difference is that Alma finds a way to bring Woodcock low, and it's not through her sterling character—it's via her desire to be the nursemaid of the immobile man. We have signs of Woodcock's tenderness—he's haunted by the stock-still ghost of his mother, and the hollow voice sounds like he's in the grave already. (Richard von Busack)
Broadway World Australia features the show Out of Character, which
considers some of the questions that have rarely been asked, what did fairy-tales really have to say? What would Charlotte Brontë  have made of Edward Cullen? And what did thirteenth century women think about sex?
Taking well-known characters and authors, in monologue and music, Out of Character searches for an answer to what it is to be a woman and whether it is possible to break out of that womanly character. From the Garden of Eden through to 21st century romance, the show celebrates the curious, the strong, and the uncharacteristic women who have featured in literature throughout history.
Spanish actress Carmen Machi tells ABC (Spain) about how she decided she wanted to be an actress.
Tengo la sensación de que desde muy niña entendía el juego interpretativo. Pero hubo un momento decisivo. Casi a escondidas, pues tenía dos rombos, vi la película "Jane Eyre", en la que trabajaba Elizabeth Taylor. No era la protagonista, pero a mí me impresionó cómo moría aquejada de tuberculosis -su personaje tenía más o menos mi edad-, y en mi habitación, yo sola, reproduje la emoción que había sentido. Creo que me fascinó la catarsis de fingir morir. (Carmen R. Santos) (Translation)
Europe 1 (France) had a special programme on the Brontës. You can listen to it (in French, obviously) here.
Les sœurs Brontë. La force d’exister : c’est le titre de l’ouvrage de Laura El Makki, paru chez Tallandier à l’automne dernier. Franck Ferrand reçoit aujourd’hui son auteur. Lorena Martin nous emmènera ensuite sur les traces des sœurs Brontë, à Haworth – elle évoquera notamment le bicentenaire d’Emily Brontë. (Translation)
Svenska Dagbladet reviews the short stories collection Nordisk fauna by Andrea Lundgren:
Här finns en ironisk-seriös allusion på feministiska klassiker som Virginia Woolfs "Ett eget rum" och Gilbert & Gubars analys av "Jane Eyre", "The madwoman in the attic". (Translation)
The Brontë Babe reviews Charlotte Brontë's novelette Stancliffe's Hotel. The Sisters' Room has an article on 'Anne Brontë's silent revolution' and Anne's 198th birthday was celebrated by AnneBrontë.org yesterday.

Pottery Tales and Readings

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In Bourbonnais, IL a reading of Jane Eyre:
Thursday, Jan. 18
"Jane Eyre" Book Club, 6 p.m., Bourbonnais Public Library, Cardinal Conference Room. Reading chapters 1-15 of "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte and discussing them. Info. thebigbookproject.wordpress.com. (Via Kankakee Daily Journal)
March 2018: Chapters 16-27
May 2018: Chapters 28-38
And an alert from the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair 2018 (Bohemian National Hall, New York):
Thursday, January 18
12 noon
Pot(tery) Tales in Victorian Painting and Literature”—Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, Adjunct Curator, Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
There is a wealth of information to be gleaned by deciphering ceramics in Victorian art and literature. This richly illustrated presentation shows how English Genre, Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic artists, as well as novelists Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Anthony Trollope charged their pottery and porcelain with deep metaphorical meanings to heighten the narrative for the public to interpret. Crockery in the cupboard, on the mantel, the table or the floor represented popular motifs, exemplifying topical issues that touched on hygiene, faith, temperance and etiquette. Broken and empty vessels stood for despair and neglect, and personified “fallen” women. Alternatively, platters and cups filled with food, drink and flowers signified happiness and domesticity. Specific objects, especially jugs, were coded by color, size, form, and location to demarcate gender and virtue, whereas the ubiquitous blue willow plate ignited the social divisions of the time: on the one hand serving as a lightening rod of bad taste and lower class and on the other hand embodying national pride of English manufacturing, nostalgia and domesticity, only to be embraced and adopted in the mania for blue-and-white china. This talk explains how depictions of ceramics played a central role moralizing and decorating Victorian society.
Dr. Gotlieb is the 2017 Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design at Alfred University in Alfred, New York, and was previously the Gardiner’s chief curator and interim executive director. She is currently writing a book titled Ceramics in Victorian Literature and Painting: Meanings and Metaphors.

Be there to celebrate

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First of all, a reminder that Anne Brontë was born on a day like today in 1820. We are two years away from her own bicentenary.

Recently, The Stage picked last year's Octagon Theatre production of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as one of the best shows in the UK in 2017. The Bolton News is proud of it.
The Octagon Theatre has been recognised for staging one of the best shows in the country.
Its adaptation of the Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall in spring last year was named as one of the best shows from around the UK in 2017 by leading specialist entertainments and theatre publication The Stage.
The national recognition comes just days before the theatre brings another Brontë classic — Jane Eyre — to the stage.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was one of just eight shows to be picked from across the country.
Elizabeth Newman, artistic director who directed The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and who is also directing Jane Eyre, said: “We’re thrilled it was picked out as one of The Stage’s top shows of 2017. It was wonderful to direct this passionate play adapted by Deborah McAndrew. She really did capture the essence of Anne Brontë’s novel, which still resonates over 100 years after it was written.
“We had a brilliant cast and I loved to see audiences engaging with the play. I am very excited to be working on another Bronte story this year and am busy in rehearsals for Jane Eyre which opens on Thursday.” (Saiqa Chaudhari)
The Yorkshire Evening Post has published a letter from an enthusiastic life member of the Brontë Society:
In praise of Parsonage Museum
Jean Bull, Addingham.
As a life member of the Brontë Society, I would like to commend those involved at the Parsonage Museum at Haworth, who promote the Brontë family. The bicentenary anniversaries have brought in new audiences because of the vibrancy and creativity of events. April 2016 started with a party in Haworth, items loaned for exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and the Morgan Library in New York, and a ceremony in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. The society is working hard to reach a wider audiences locally, nationally and globally. Be there to celebrate.
This might just be our first sighting of Valentine's Day this year: Yorkshire Life has put together a list of '10 romantic things to do in Yorkshire'.
A novel idea
Wuthering Heights is, of course, not a real location, but you can visit Top Withens, thought to be the place that inspired Emily Brontë to put pen to paper to recount the bleak romance of Cathy and Heathcliff.
Visit the village of Haworth a great day out and of course, stop by Haworth Parsonage, the Brontë family home.
Libreriamo (Italy) turns to fictional characters for inspiration to face 2018.
Jane Eyre: trascorri un po ‘di tempo con te stesso
Da un lato, Jane Eyre racconta la storia d’amore tra Jane e un uomo che tiene rinchiusa in un attico la sua prima moglie malata di mente. Dall’altro lato, Jane Eyre si presenta come uno dei primi romanzi scritti da una donna a contenere un messaggio inaspettato: “Se non ami te stessa, come diavolo puoi amare qualcun altro?” Jane sposa Rochester soltanto quando riuscirà ad essere mentalmente, emotivamente e finanziariamente indipendente e uguale a lui. Il consiglio, dunque, è quello di passare un pò di te da sole con se stesse per imparare a conoscersi meglio. (Translation)
Poet Rita Maria Martinez has got in touch with us to let us know that the podcast Bonnets at Dawn interviewed her and they 'talked about Charlotte's letters, reading to spark the poetic imagination,  and how illness or disability can shape one's writing'. You can listen to it here on episode 28.