Wuthering Heights in Keighley


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)

Powerful Words


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, WritergurlnySoloLibri (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.

A biography presentation in Italy


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.

Sterling coin into dry leaves


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:

Brussels Brontë Weekend 2018


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.

If you can't remember the Brontë novels...


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.

We Are Three Sisters in Cumbria


After some performances at the LAMDA Linbury Studio (April 4-April 12), the LAMDA students take their production of We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison to the Bowness Theatre Festival:
We Are Three Sisters
by Blake Morrison
Written by Blake Morrison
Directed by Amelia Sears
Designed Nate Gibson
Performed at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere
Thursday 19 April: 2.00pm & 7.30pm

Against the backdrop of the windswept Yorkshire village of Haworth, three remarkable young women endure life in a gloomy parsonage.  With neither curtains nor comforts, Charlotte, Anne and Emily Brontë brighten the confines of their lives with outspoken wit, aspirations, dreams and ideas… and they write.
With exquisitely drawn characterizations, a nod to Chekhov and a touch of poetic licence, We Are Three Sisters by Blake Morrison evokes with piercing clarity the personalities of these three spirited women.

Wuthering Ale


The Telegraph and Argus features this year's Haworth Beer Festival, which, as usual, will have a Brontë twist.
The festival, which is on from Friday April 27 until Sunday April 29, will be hosted by the Old School Room, in Church Street and is being run by Brontë Bars and Events.
Organiser Kath Thornton said: "We're having a War of the Roses Lancashire versus Yorkshire theme, with some exclusive beers on the rack.
"Goose Eye Brewery is brewing a special festival ale called 'Wuthering' and Bowland Brewery, from Clitheroe, is brewing the other special ale called ‘Heights’.
"As it's Emily Brontë's bicentennial year and, as we've done in previous years, we want to celebrate the great achievements of the Brontës.
"As well as more than 30 ales to sample we have the ever popular Branwell's Gin & Rum Shack." (Miran Rahman)
Daily Mail wonders whether you 'fancy starring in your own Emily Brontë drama' at Broughton Hall, which was seen in Wuthering Heights 1992, has been turned into a rental cottage.
A 16th century stately home that was once used as a location for the 1992 re-make of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights is available to rent for holidaymakers.
The seventeen-bedroom manor house Broughton Hall is located in the picturesque village of the Broughton, just south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and can be rented for around £7,000 a night.
The breath-taking property sits within 3,000 acres of stunning grounds and is described as a grand and luxurious historic house, offering a 'unique destination.' (Ed Riley)
Mundo TKM (Mexico) recommends Wuthering Heights as one of five books to read if you are broken-hearted.
Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë
Catherine aprende a cogerle afecto a Heathcliff, un niño que su madre ha traído a casa porque está en desnutrición tras quedarse huérfano. Sin embargo el pequeño no es bien recibido por el padre y hermano mayor de Catherine, quienes lo ven como un inmundo gitano. Los años pasan y Catherine es enviada a estudiar lejos de las Cumbres Borrascosas, luego de que sus padres mueren, mientras que Heathcliff es desterrado de este lugar en donde se enamora de su hermana adoptiva. Cuando Catherine vuelve a las Cumbres, ha cambiado: ahora es una señorita de comportamiento sofisticado gracias  educación que ha recibido. Catherine confiesa que ama, desde pequeña, a Heathcliff , pero ella prefirió casarse con el hijo de los Lintón, una familia burguesa, por su estatus. Esto ofende profundamente a Heathcliff quien herido por el desamor de Catherine decide hacerle la vida imposible. (Translation)
America Magazine on Muriel Spark and what her novels 'can teach us about life'.
Sandy Stranger [a character in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie] is a plotmaker, too, right from the start. As a young girl she is given to elaborate fantasies scripting herself into scenes with the likes of Alan Breck from Stevenson’s Kidnapped, Mr. Rochester from Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Anna Pavlova, the great Russian ballerina. (Robert E. Hosmer, Jr.)
Bustle reviews The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale.
Maybe she’s Jane Bennet, or Jane Eyre, or Janie Crawford, or Tita de la Garza; Meg March, or Molly Weasley, or Robin Stokes, or Bridget Jones. Quite possibly, she’s Margot from ‘Cat Person’.
Or maybe she’s all of them, and more. (E. Ce Miller)
Malibu Arts Journal reviews the biopic Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity To Be Free.
Protofeminism predates the feminist movement. Women like Lou and Charlotte Brontë, and other such authors, were challenging and critiquing the treatment of women in the US and British society. Their literature pre-sage the 20th century monumental changes like the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 and the Representation of the People Act in 1928 in Britain. A protofeminist is an early author, thinker or leader who despite cultural norms to the contrary sought equality for women on every level. It is because of women like Lou and Brontë that modern women can say we are feminists. Not that we can long lounge on our laurels today. Everybody can ponder the limp corkscrew and broken balloons of our premature festivities until Monday morning when Cimmerian realism again wags its spindly finger under our noses mocking our lack of this and that. (Kriss Perras)
The Morung Express (India) has an article by Anjan K Behera, Research Scholar at Nagaland University.
I always love listening to my mother narrate stories of her childhood. [...] Although she studied in an Oriya medium school, my mother had read works of Charles Dickens, the Brontës, Rudyard Kipling, R K Narayan, and Ruskin Bond by the time she finished her schooling. These books, she says, helped her imagine new lands, meet new people, and travel to various places, all from the comfort of her home.
Inspired by the collection of short stories Reader, I Married Him (edited by Tracy Chevalier), J.S. Cherfi has written one of her own. Lucy Turns Pages posts about Manga Classics' Jane Eyre. Life of this City Girl posts about Jane Eyre 2011.

Poetry and theses


The Mansions in the Sky poems by Simon Armitage appeared in the September issue of PN Review:
PN Review 237, Vol. 44 No. 1, Sep - Oct 2017
Mansions in the Sky. The Rise and Fall of Branwell Brontë
by Simon Armitage
An Analysis Of Translation Of Cultural Words In “Jane Eyre” Novel By Charlotte Brontë
Fitriani Lestari, 2017
Universitas Pamulang, Tangerang Selatan, Indonesia

The translation procedures applied in Jane Eyre novel including its translation in Indonesian. To support the study, the writer used the theory of Newmark (1988). In analyzing the data findings, a descriptive qualitative method was used. The results of this study revealed that there are four categories of cultural words found in this novel such as ecology, material culture, social culture, and organizations, customs, activities, procedures, concepts. Among all of the cultural word categories proposed by Newmark, only one category was not found in the novel, namely gestures and habits category. In rendering the selected English cultural words into Indonesian, eight procedures were used. They are: (1) cultural equivalent, it was used to translate the cultural words of bird of paradise, easy-chair, mama, and working people(11%); (2) Expansion; it was used to translate the cultural words of mastiffs, convolvuli, robin, elm, pollard willow, linnet, plover, bilberries, bush-holly, crape and Charles I (31%); (3) transference, it was used to translate the cultural words of foxglove, primrose, miss, and Felix (11%); (4) naturalization, it was used to translate the cultural words of Scotland, oak, and orthodox (9%); (5) couplets, it was used to translate the cultural words of crocuses, pansies, double daisies, and Psalms (11%); (6) descriptive equivalent, it was used to translate the cultural words of Welsh rabbit, ottoman, widow’s cap, and charity school (11%); (7) synonymy, it was used to translate the cultural words of carriage, pelisse, cloak, and porridge (11%); (8) notes, it was used to translate the cultural word of negus (3%). The results of the analysis showed that ecological cultural words are the most dominant among them. Meanwhile, the dominant procedure applied by the translator was the expansion procedure.
By the labour of the hands : a emancipação através do trabalho : protagonistas femininas na ficção de Anne Brontë
by Lima, Sónia Aires
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

The present dissertation aims to demonstrate, how labour – and its resulting salary – gave the nineteenth-century middle-class woman a measured possibility of some type of independence. Although frequently inferior to what was to be considered fair and rarely comparable to what a man would meet, it will be weighed bearing in mind its social impact. A theoretical frame of work will be drawn to support the present study. This essay will also question whether women’s emancipation led, in fact, to a tangible independence and to an awareness of their precarious situation, or whether a professional career was just another method for women to confine themselves. This dissertation is divided into two parts. In the first part, composed of three chapters, a contextual framework of Victorian middle-class women will be presented, according to three main aspects: society, culture and education. Their way of life will be described; nineteenth-century notions of Gender will be approached, as well as how these notions were perceived through the analysis of Victorian literary works. The second part of this essay, also composed of three chapters, specifically explores the middle-class women’s emancipation through work in the Victorian Era. Thus, literary works by Anne Brontë – Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall  (1848) – are analysed, bearing in mind the issues they approach, as well as their borrowings on the author’s own working experience. These are key works in this dissertation insofar Anne Brontë’s female characters are significant examples, although in distinct situations, of women who use labour as a means to achieve their independence. The second part of this study opens with an introductory note on the Brontë family. Its main purpose is to describe Anne Brontë’s context in order to better understand the author’s views on women’s lives since, to this day very little is known about this writer. A brief biography of Anne Brontë is followed by a cultural analysis of Brontë’s novels, Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) which will enable us to draw a more clarified portrait of nineteenth-century notions of work and labour observed from a woman’s perspective.

Let's stop patronising women


Bustle quotes what 15 famous authors wrote about other famous books and so...
Charlotte Brontë on ‘Emma
Jane Austen just can't catch a break. Charlotte Brontë was also an outspoken critic of Austen, finding her books to be somewhat lacking in emotion: "I have likewise read one of Miss Austen’s works — Emma — read it with interest and with just the right degree of admiration which the Miss Austen herself would have thought sensible and suitable. Anything like warmth or enthusiasm—anything energetic, poignant, heartfelt, is utterly out of place in commending these works... Jane Austen was a complete and most sensible lady, but a very incomplete, and rather insensible (not senseless) woman. If this is heresy, I cannot help it." (Charlotte Ahlin)
According to The Mary Sue, it's time to 'Stop Romanticizing Mr. Darcy When There Are Way Better Options in Literature'.
Question: What’s more attractive than an intelligent, compassionate, rugged Professor, who has tumbling brown hair, cares for orphans, and loves to hear about your work?
Answer: A rich, rude snob, who despises dancing, scoffs at your family, and calls you “tolerable, but not handsome enough,” behind your back.
Little Women’s male romantic lead, Professor Friedrich Bhaer, is often overlooked for his contemporary in 19th century literature, Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Described as “one of the most adored romantic heroes ever,” Mr. Darcy’s fans are steadfast in their devotion. But should the qualities of this prideful man, who doles out kindness only selectively, really be the epitome of literary romance?
This year is the 150th anniversary of Little Women’s first publication, providing us with an ideal window to update our amorous ideals and redirect our Darcy-veneration to a more modern, unconditionally kind leading man. [...]
It’s this villain-to-hero transition that Louisa May Alcott directly rebels against in Little Women and her other novels. Dr. Christine Doyle, Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, said, “The 19th century feminist in her, is that she doesn’t have any faith in heroes that the villain can supposedly turn into.”
The transformation is a common character development among Victorian romances, most notably also seen in the classics Jane Eyre, with Rochester, and Wuthering Heights, with Heathcliff. Said Doyle, “That kind of pushy, older guy, she resists that.” She continued, “The women’s role is not to save the guy, there’s no equality in that relationship.” (Clare Church)
We don't aim to criticise Louisa May Alcott's work, which is great, but why the need to take the fun out of reading? What if we like reading about Rochester and Heathcliff but still are smart enough to know that they are not male role models and might not be ideal partners in real life? We find it rather patronising and belittling to women, to be honest. We don't see any articles telling men to stop romanticising, say, Holly Golightly and settling for Maria von Trapp.

Benzine (France) finds echoes of Wuthering Heights in the film Jersey Affair.
« Jersey affair » : quand Emily Brontë rencontre la « bête de Jersey » [...]
Jessie Buckley (récemment découverte dans la série Taboo avec Tom Hardy) et Johnny Flynn (entraperçu dans Sils Maria), sensuels et troublants tous les deux, magnifient leur rôle d’amants terribles, sauvages comme Catherine et Heathcliff chez Emily Brontë, et le film, il faut bien l’avouer, leur doit beaucoup, leur doit énormément, beaucoup à leur alchimie, à leur fièvre et à leur fougue les portant loin, et jusqu’à l’abîme. (Michaël Pigé) (Translation)
An article on commuting in the Los Angeles Review of Books:
Such optimism seems more prevalent among the young. For those of us who are now on the cusp of middle age, a commute isn’t so much a journey of progress as a footpath around regrets and deferred ambitions. By the time they were my age, Emily Brontë had penned Wuthering Heights and the Buddha had renounced all worldly possessions, but all I have to my name are a handful of publications and one year toward tenure at a small Midwestern university. (Barrett Swanson)
Beauty and Lace posts about Michael Stewart's Ill Will.