Thursday, February 23, 2017

Highly intelligent and ambitious

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The Telegraph and Argus has a long article on Mary Taylor since the bicentenary of her birth is in three days, on February 26th.
This month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the renowned feminist and businesswoman Mary Taylor.
Highly intelligent and ambitious, Mary Taylor is defined as a woman who broke new ground at a time when a woman's place was deemed to be very much in the home.
While other women were content to keep a lovely home and look after their men folk, Mary had other ideas. Far from her wings being clipped, she yearned to travel - and did - to countries as part of her educational journey and sharing her experiences with one of her dearest friends - the famous literary sibling, Charlotte Bronte.
The pair would often meet at Mary's home - Red House. The imposing red-brick abode in Oxford Road, Gomersal, was latterly a museum, closed to the public in December - a victim of budget cuts.
While travelling they still kept in touch through written correspondence - a legacy many historians have no doubt poured over during painstaking research to find out more about these famous friends.
Born on February 26 1817, this year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Taylor's birth. Last year a range of events were planned and celebrated the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth.
Information from the Bronte Society gives an insight into the life and characteristics of Mary Taylor; the fact that she was an early feminist of her time, somewhat rebelling against the role women were supposed to fulfill. [...]
There is a lot to be learned about Mary Taylor; how in middle age she travelled to Europe, despite often encountering disapproval from groups of men who believed it was inappropriate for women to travel alone.
Around that time the women's movement was gaining momentum. Mary began contributing articles to the Victoria Magazine which put forward her suffragist values and attacked a culture that failed to allow women the independence to earn their own living.
Although Mary didn't attract the same global attention as her literary pal, she did publish a collection of articles, The First Duty of Women. 'Miss Miles' her self-published and only novel was published in 1890.
The talk about Mary Taylor at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, on Sunday February 26, is free.
On the same day in Mary's home village of Gomersal, flowers will be laid on her grave at St Mary's Church in Spen Lane, following the 9.30am service. (Sally Clifford)
Tonight is opening night for the stage production of Jane Eyre in Barcelona, Spain. El Periódico has an article about it, although it's a shame that Brontë is spelt Brönte throughout the text.
Abel Folk, que define a su personaje, Rochester, como "un hombre víctima del pasado y las convenciones sociales", reivindica "el discurso radical a favor de la mujer de la obra en una época en la que ni existía el feminismo". El éxito de la novela ayudó a Charlotte Brönte a revelar su verdadero nombre y a ser respetada en la vida literaria londinense pese a que al principio el sector más conservador consideró el texto altamente inmoral y peligroso por su espíritu revolucionario. "La óptica, la forma de ver a las mujeres no ha cambiado. La igualdad representa un problema para quien ha tenido el trono toda la vida", afirma Portaceli.
Esta es la primera vez que la directora trabaja con Folk y Gil, y también con Clara Peya, a quien no deja de alabar. "Es un monstruo", dice. Portaceli califica de "espectacular" el trabajo de la pareja protagonista, y eso que su idea original era contar con Clara Segura y Ramon Madaula, que no pudieron asumir el proyecto por exceso de trabajo. "Hay muy buena química entre Ariadna y yo", confirma Folk, que hasta ahora solo había coincidido con la actriz en alguna producción televisiva, como la miniserie 'Arnau'.
La escenografía es, básicamente, un gran espacio blanco. "Hay muy pocos elementos porque lo importante es lo que sucede, como en las obras de Shakespeare", afirma Portaceli, muy satisfecha con la adaptación de Anna Maria Ricart, "que va a lo esencial de la novela para explicar el viaje de Jane Eyre hasta la culminación del amor de igual a igual". (Marta Cervera) (Translation)
El Punt Avui features it too and reports that the full run is now booked solid.
Des d'avui i fins al 26 de març, Ariadna Gil i Abel Folk representen aquesta història carregada de superació, dolor i llibertat en què l'autora, Charlotte Brontë, va exorcitzar part de les seves limitacions com a dona. Ja no queden entrades disponibles a la venda.
Portaceli es va atrevir a fer una adaptació d'aquesta novel·la (“que coneixem la majoria de les dones que consumim cultura”) després de veure l'èxit de la versió dels vuitanta estrenada a Chicago. L'obra relata “una recerca de llibertat, que vol dir un viatge cap a la felicitat”. Brontë, que com les seves germanes signava amb pseudònim masculí per poder publicar, descriu una òrfena amb un gran instint de superació i un elevat sentit d'igualtat entre home i dona. És una heroïna del segle XIX que pateix i supera les adversitats de l'època. Per a la directora, Brontë és una autora molt moderna per la seva radicalitat en la seva presa de posició. A més, Jean [SIC] Eyre és una gran història d'amor: “L'amor és un motor de la vida.” (J. Bordes) (Translation)
Flight Centre (Australia) tells about a road trip around Yorkshire.
Day 3-4:Leeds to Haworth
A pleasant 35-minute drive west of Leeds will take you to the pretty village of Haworth, which was where literary giants, the Bronte sisters, spent their short lives.
Their former home, the Bronte Parsonage Museum, is now a great visitors centre, but to get behind the minds of the three sisters – whose works included Jane Eyre, Agnes Grey and Wuthering Heights – walking around the village and its surrounding countryside is a must.
The local church holds the family vault, and the aptly named Bronte waterfalls was a regular stop on their walks. The adjacent moor to the parsonage is also said to have inspired Emily to write Wuthering Heights.
The famous sisters aside, the village itself offers plenty to while away a few hours, including antique shops, traditional Yorkshire tea rooms and souvenir shops. (Paul Ewart)
WWD discusses the fall collection of fashion designers Nicholas Alistair Walsh and David James Wise.
For fall, design duo Nicholas Alistair Walsh and David James Wise looked to the book-loving Brontë sisters — Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
“The Brontë sisters lived and worked in the village of Haworth, a short distance from Nicholas’ own home,” Walsh said. “This season, our girl is lovesick, consumed by her infatuation, coming apart at the seams.”
Walsh and Wise said their woman of the season is a spirited daydreamer and an escapist who wants a bit of fantasy in her life. [...]
Walsh and Wise wanted to fashion a wardrobe fit for Catherine Earnshaw — the female protagonist in Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” — as a lovesick teenager in modern day.
Taking cue from the silhouette of the Thackeray Dress — worn in Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” — the designers revamped the 1850s style giving it an edgier tone with a black sheer floor-sweeping tulle gown with a soft polka-dot pattern.
They experimented with new embellishments such as soft velvet ribbons, seen neatly tied on the collar and affixed on the edges of sleeves of a long billowy white eyelet dress.
They added ruffle details to the sleeves to a full-length, floor-sweeping silk satin gown in a deep wine hue — in a bespoke print women in a garden. Ruffles were also implemented on a short baby-doll white tulle dress with a pastel blue embroidery emblazoned with phrases from “Wuthering Heights” across the chest. (Lorelei Marfil)
The Daily Mail carries on with its crusade against supposed 'mumbling' on TV, citing To Walk Invisible as an example (we have watched it several times now and we still don't find any mumbling).  Just Plain Suus posts about Wuthering Heights. Read & Relax recommends the novel Wild Island by Jennifer Livett, subtitles 'a novel of Jane Eyre and Van Diemen’s Land'. Independent People has a blog post full of lovely pictures of Haworth, the moors and the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
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A new adaptation of Jane Eyre opens today, February 23, in Barcelona, Spain:
Jane Eyre: Una Autobiografia
based on Charlotte Brontë's novel
Adaptation: Anna Maria Ricart
Director: Carme Portaceli
Music: Clara Peya

Teatre Lliure- Gràcia
February 23 - March 26

With
Ariadna Gil ... Jane
Abel Folk ... Rochester
Jordi Collet ... Blocklehurst, Mason, veí 5
Gabriela Flores ... Bessie, Helen, Bertha/Antoniette, veïna 4
Pepa López ... tieta Reed, Srta. Temple, Sra. Fairfax, Lady Ingram, veïna 2
Joan Negrié ... Dr. Carter, capellà, veí 3, St. John
Magda Puig ... Srta. Scatcherd, Adèle, Blanche, Christophine, veïna 1, Diana, Srta. Rosamond

El més fantàstic d’aquest personatge i d’aquesta novel·la és el fet que Jane Eyre, des del seu naixement i sense tenir unes circumstàncies que la portin a ser d’aquesta manera, té dins seu l’instint de superació més impressionant que jo mai hagi llegit. Ja a l’internat de pobres, on l’envien, per treure-se-la de sobre perquè ja s’enfrontava a la injustícia des de ben petita, ella percep la seva incapacitat de deixar-se maltractar en cap dels vessants que el maltractament pogués disfressar-se. La Jane li pregunta a la seva amiga Helen per què es deixa castigar d’aquesta manera. La Helen li respon que ella ha vingut aquí per rebre una educació i que això forma part de l’assoliment d’aquest gran objectiu. I la Jane diu “no seria capaç de suportar aquesta humiliació, jo no ho perdonaria, això. Si tots obeíssim i fóssim amables amb els qui són cruels i injustos, ells no ens tindrien mai por i serien cada cop més dolents. Si ens peguen sense raó tenim l’obligació de tornar el cop, n’estic segura, i ben fort, per deixar clar als qui ho fan que no ho poden repetir”.
Jane Eyre és una novel·la escrita l’any 1847 per Charlotte Brontë sota el pseudònim de Currer Bell. Amb el seu nom real, el més possible hagués estat que no els haguessin publicat, ni a ella ni a cap de les seves dues germanes, l’Emily i l’Anne, cap de les novel·les que van escriure. O, si més no, no haurien aconseguit l’èxit que van tenir (no en el cas de l’Emily i els seus Cims borrascosos) ni, per tant, la possibilitat de continuar escrivint, que era la passió de totes elles.
Jane Eyre és una finestra a través de la qual Charlotte Brontë ens ensenya la seva visió del món. La Jane opina sobre la diferència arbitrària entre classes i fa especial menció al paper de la dona al món. Ella no deixa mai que ningú oblidi, pel fet de ser pobre o de ser dona, que no és un ser inferior.
Però per sobre de tot, Jane Eyre és una obra romàntica on la lluita per la llibertat és l’impuls que guia la protagonista en un món on les dones no la podien assolir. També hi ha, és clar, una gran història d’amor que només es podrà viure quan els dos
protagonistes estiguin d’igual a igual, quan l’amor no sigui una presó, sinó un acte de llibertat.
Carme Portaceli

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Yorkshire Post features Mansions in the Sky, the Branwell Brontë bicentenary exhibition curated by Simon Armitage at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
When we meet at the Parsonage Armitage admits that it wasn’t immediately apparent how he should approach the project. “When the museum got in touch I didn’t really know that much about Branwell other than the image of him being a trouble maker and a drunk,” he says. “So it was about trying to think of a way of celebrating him and acknowledging him. When I started, I wondered if he could be restored in some way, whether his writing had been under-rated. But it seemed to me that he burned out – he had very early promise and enthusiasm but that only took him so far. So it was about finding something to connect with.”
His way in was a letter that the ambitious 19-year-old Branwell wrote to William Wordsworth expressing his hopes and dreams, his intention to build ‘mansions in the sky’, and enclosing one of his own poems, for which he sought some kind of validation. He never received a reply.
“When I read about the letter I got excited because I could connect with that – thinking about being a poet and trying to get recognition, having your voice heard,” says Armitage. “The poem itself has some really good lines in it, but overall it is a kind of Romantic pastiche. To me that letter is so full of bravado, but it is desperate as well.”
Armitage’s poem William, It was Really Nothing, displayed alongside the letter, which is on loan from the Wordsworth Trust, is a perfect balance of humour and pathos. After painting a slightly irreverent portrait of the great Lakeland Bard receiving Branwell’s missive ‘mid-breakfast, letter in hand/eyes on stalks… a loaded knife-blade of Dorothy’s damson preserve/stalled between lidded porcelain jam-pot and toast’ he delivers the killer lines ‘what glittered like charmed finches over Haworth Church/drifts as rain across Scafell Pike. No reply’. It’s incredibly poignant.
“Branwell clearly had weaknesses and frailties but I think it was his disappointments that really broke him,” says Armitage. “I did feel sorry for him – everything seemed to end badly for him.” His dreams of becoming a revered poet came to nothing as his writing never matched up to his sisters’ work, his short-lived period of fruitful employment as a railway clerk at Luddenden Foot ended abruptly after a minor accounting error and he was dismissed from a tutoring post after having an affair with Lydia Robinson, the much older wife of his employer. Branwell’s hope was that she would eventually set up home with him, but when this didn’t happen it seems to have triggered his final decline, as was so powerfully depicted in the BBC’s recent Brontë drama To Walk Invisible, written by Sally Wainwright. (Read more) (Yvette Huddleston)
Coincidentally, ITV News reports that, 'Yorkshire pulls in 20% of country's literary holiday makers'.
New research shows 20% of trips with a literary link were to Yorkshire, home of Haworth and Brontë country and Whitby Abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Figures from VisitEngland show that more than half of British holiday makers would visit a literary attraction on holiday in England.
Findings also show that a quarter of Brits visited a literary location in England during a holiday break in the last year. The same amount had read literature relating to a place they had visited in the country.
VisitEngland’s first ever research into literary tourism, which surveyed more than 1200 people, found that 21% of trips with a literary link were to London.
Famous for its connections with Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Charles Dickens, the capital just pipped Yorkshire to pole position.
And PR Web has a press release on a the launch of UK Countryside Tours' 'Telling the Stories of England'.
Landscapes and Literary Connections enables literary buffs to meander through the timeless villages of the New Forest to the rugged uplands of the Lake District and the wild intensity of the Yorkshire moors as they discover the landscapes which inspired such as Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. Guests will enjoy distinctive rural heritage, folk customs and celebrated regional foods from Dorset cider to Grasmere gingerbread whilst expert guides share favorite readings bringing each location to life in the words of the author.
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Entertainment Weekly interviews Aline Brosh McKenna, who's to release a modern-day Jane Eyre graphic novel.
Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada, will publish a graphic novel, Jane, that reimagines Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre, EW can announce exclusively. Jane will be published by Boom! Studios.
Illustrated by Eisner Award winner Ramón K. Pérez, Jane transposes our heroine to the modern era, where she’s an art student who has finally left her small fishing town for the bright lights of New York City. Soon, she realizes that the city and her talented peers are more intimidating than she expected, so Jane gets a nannying job to earn extra money. But the comfort that job provided grows thin when she starts falling for her young charge’s father, Rochester — a wealthy man with a dark secret. [...]
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this project come about? ALINE BROSH MCKENNA: I got very interested in graphic novels after I adapted one called Rust, and I met Ramón at Comic Con when I was working on Rust. Ramón was there with Tale of Sand — it’s the book he wrote that won the Eisner, and it’s the most remarkable, gorgeous book. So I had this idea to do sort of an updated Jane Eyre story, and I was going to do it as a movie, and then when I saw Ramón’s work I became obsessed with doing it with Ramón.
I’ve seen every movie based on Jane Eyre, and I’ve read the book many times. It’s one of those that I just have gone back to a lot in my life, and I wanted to do sort of a contemporary version of that.
But I love the idea that Rochester’s mysterious circumstances kind of take place in a bigger, grander world — almost in a different genre from Jane’s world — because a lot of the obstacles in Jane Eyre, the marriage and romantic obstacles, are specific to that era. They have to do with marrying well, and those sorts of concerns. So the obstacles and barriers in a contemporary setting needed to be a little bit different. When we started talking about Rochester, I started seeing him almost in a Bruce Wayne type of way.
Like strong, dark…Yeah. It’s very much like, Jane Eyre comes to New York, and that’s what intimidates her. She has a sad backstory, as Jane Eyre does in the book. [Brontë’s] book is several sections, of which the Rochester [stuff] is just the middle section, because there’s a whole section about her childhood and then there’s a whole section afterwards when she goes and lives with the family with the priest. [...]
Is the book already finished then?No, he’s still working on some of it. I’ve seen the whole book in rough, and he and I did some revisions. There’s an additional bad guy in the story now, which is very cool. There’s some new relationships, definitely new settings. Jane is an art student in this version — she comes to the city to be an art student. He’s finishing it up and it’ll be out in the fall. [...]
I love that. I’m really interested to see how you’re going to take on the woman in the attic. Is that part of it?That’s an interesting thing — we did something different with that, and it also speaks to the sort of genre, comic book aspects of it. That was really what was cool about the genre comic book stuff: it allowed us to turbo-charge the story in a way. It adds this other element of drive and intrigue and mystery, which is incipient in the [original] book, but in Jane Eyre, it’s really just focused around who’s in the attic.
How do you figure out how much to leave in to keep it as Jane EyreI think it was stuff that had spoken to me since I was a kid. I tried to analyze what had appealed to me. So in the graphic novel, instead of being a big scary castle, in the beginning it’s this very, very intimidating three-story apartment in New York. She’s from a small town, so New York is overwhelming to her to begin with, and then the space that Rochester lives in is something she’s really unfamiliar with.
What was the biggest challenge? I would say that the challenge was really just balancing those genre elements so you had the core of what makes Jane so lovable and attractive. I think the other thing that has always made Jane Eyre attractive to women is that it’s not about being pretty. [Rochester] doesn’t love her because she’s pretty; he loves her because she’s such a moral example for him. That story makes you think that any man, no matter how rich or handsome or high above you in society, if he could see your inner goodness, that would inspire him to love you.
I think that is a very core fantasy of the book. It’s also a bit retro, and I wanted to find a way to say, “What is it in their relationship that inspires him to make changes in his life based on her innate goodness?” But also for her to challenge herself to uncover aspects of herself she would never have if she had not taken this job. (Isabella Biederharn)
Ara (in Catalan) has an article  about the Stage production of Jane Eyre which opens tomorrow in Barcelona, Spain.
La fascinació de Carme Portaceli per Jane Eyre comença precisament per la vida de les germanes Brontë, tres filles d’un pastor anglicà que vivien isolades al ventós West Yorkshire i que, tot i no tenir pràcticament cap contacte amb l’exterior, van crear un món literari propi des de la cuina de casa seva escrivint en trossets de paper. Totes van arribar a publicar novel·les, i ho van fer amb pseudònims d’home. “Feien d’institutrius en escoles i la Charlotte ho odiava perquè deia que criaven les nenes per ser tontes”, afirma Portaceli. Aquest caràcter rebel i independent és el que l’autora va cedir a la protagonista de Jane Eyre, una nena òrfena criada per una tia que “s’enfrontarà al món” sense renunciar a “la puresa” i “dient sempre la veritat”: “Passi el que passi sempre tira endavant i manté el respecte per ella mateixa. No suporta la falta de respecte”, diu la directora. “És un personatge que hauria de caure i no aixecar-se, però ella té una moral i uns principis inamovibles. I lluita per la seva felicitat”, defensa Ariadna Gil, que li dona vida. La noia aspira a la llibertat però, conscient de les seves possibilitats, comença aspirant a canviar la manera de guanyar-se la vida. Per això se’n va. I se’n va per acabar coneixent el senyor Rochester (Abel Folk), un home solitari, brusc i amb un passat esquerdat que troba en la jove Jane una altra ànima solitària però amb una sinceritat, veritat, justícia i manca de malícia irresistibles. “És una història de superació i d’amor amb un happy end fantàstic en què la gent pugui somiar”, sentencia Portaceli. ¿Una revisió feminista de Jane Eyre? “No. És que Charlotte Brontë ja ho és”, respon. (L.S.) (Translation)
Artslant mentions the project Angela Carter was working on when she died.
Carter also died before her time, in 1992, while working on a sequel to Jane Eyre based on her stepdaughter. That she died while reinterpreting Charlotte Brontë’s text adds another layer of irony: the work of artists and writers dialoguing with one another seems to never be complete. (Sola Agustsson)
USA Today's Happy Ever After has romance writer Lisa Marie Perry list her 'Top 5 favorite romance heroes', one of which is
Rochester in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Mr. Rochester is brooding, perceptive and so seductive in his manipulation that plenty of readers can’t tell just how manipulative he is. He’s sexy, too. Sure, the man has a wife hidden in the attic, but we aren’t going to hold that against him, are we? (Joyce Lamb)
We are very fond of Mr Rochester in spite of all his faults but that description of him is just - erm - silly.

The Huffington Post publishes the introduction to Carla Power's book If the Oceans Were Ink.
When I was eleven years old, I bought a tiny book containing a verse from the Quran from a stall outside a Cairo mosque. The amulet was designed to be tucked into a pocket to comfort its owner throughout the day. I was neither Muslim nor literate in Arabic; I bought it not for the words inside but for its dainty proportions. The stall’s proprietress watched me bemusedly as I cooed over the matchbox-sized book. My family and I were living in Egypt at the time, and back at home I taped a bit of paper over the cover and crayoned a woman in a long blue dress, writing on top, “Jane Eyre by C. Brontë.” I then placed the book in the waxy hand of my doll, which sat stiffly on a high shelf in my Cairo bedroom.
The little book outlasted the doll: I found it over a quarter century later, one sticky summer afternoon in St. Louis, wrapped in a jewelry box in my parents’ house. It was a minor miracle that such a flimsy item from a market stall had endured so long. It was a major miracle that I’d found it at all, in a three-story house so crammed with exotic souvenirs that friends called it Aladdin’s Cave. But somehow I did find that booklet, amid the spoils of my father’s avid collecting from the Middle East and Asia: mosque lamps from Cairo, stacks of Indian brocades and embroideries, Bokhara samovars, lapis lazuli boxes, mounds of tribal jewelry, and hundreds of carpets.
Todo Literatura (Spain) reviews Elizabeth Smart's By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.
A día de hoy, En Gran Central Station… está considerada como un clásico de la literatura, y uno de los hitos dentro de lo que se ha dado en llamar como literatura feminista, pues se encuentra en ese doloroso Olimpo junto a títulos como: Jane Eyre de Charlotte Brontë, Ancho Mar de los Sargazos de Jean Rhys, Al despertar de Kate Chopin, o Una habitación propia de Virginia Woolf. (Ángel Silvelo Gabriel) (Translation)
JK Rowling's dog Brontë has made it to many news websites such as Bustle, Mirror and The Scottish Sun. Where A Thousand Words Paint A Picture reviews Wuthering Heights.
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The Anne Dalton's Jane Eyre musical is performed in Billingham:
Jane Eyre
by Anne Dalton
Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham
22nd Feb 2017 - 25th Feb 2017

A faithful and haunting retelling of the Charlotte Brontë classic, this musical captures the full emotional force of the iconic original novel, appealing equally to those already familiar with “Jane Eyre” and to anyone experiencing the story for the first time.
Sweeping melodies enhance this Gothic romance while the sparkling dialogue and expertly crafted lyrics bring the novel’s power and wit vividly to life.
Step into history and watch this passionate and tenacious woman journey from child to adult in her search for family, belonging and love.
What is it that draws her to moody, enigmatic Mr Rochester?
Will class differences and his terrible secret tear them apart?
The Darlington & Stockton Times discusses the presence this production.
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Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Elton Townend Jones (which was presented at last year's Edinburgh Fringe) begins today an Irish and British tour:
Dyad Productions present
Jane Eyre: An Autobiography
by Elton Townend Jones
With Rebecca Vaughan

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Bronte’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities. From the creators of: Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Female Gothic, Christmas Gothic and Dalloway.

February 21, Old Courthouse Theatre, Antrim, NI February 22,  Riverside Theatre, Coleraine February 23,  Courtyard Theatre, Ballyearl, Newtownabbey, NI February 24, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, NI
February 25,  Market Place Theatre, Armagh, NI February 26, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, NI
March 1,  Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Ireland
March 2, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Ireland
March 3, Draiocht, Dublin, Ireland March 4, Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Ireland
March 5, Siamsa Tire Theatre, Tralee, Ireland
March 7, Carriageworks, Leeds March 8, Georgian Theatre, Royal, Richmond, North Yorks March 10, Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Berwick upon Tweed
March 11, Helmsley Arts Centre, North Yorks
March 15, Hertford Theatre, Herts March 16, artsdepot, London March 17, Harrow Arts Centre, London
March 22, Wakefield Theatre Royal, West Yorks
March 23, Swan Theatre, Worcester March 25, Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury March 27-28 York Theatre Royal, York
March 30, Byre Theatre, St Andrews
March 31, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
April 1, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness April 2, Lyth Arts Centre, Wick
April 19-20 Stables Theatre, Hastings
April 21, Astor Community Theatre, Deal
April 22, Art for Hungerford
April 25, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton
April 26, Hawth Theatre, Crawley, East Sussex
April,l 27, Electric Theatre, Guildford
May 3-5 Omnibus, Clapham, London

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Broadway World tells about the new cast of Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre, soon to go on tour around the UK.
Casting for Sally Cookson's energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece, Jane Eyre was announced today (20 February 2017), with Nadia Clifford taking the central role of Jane Eyre and Tim Delap as Rochester.
Manchester born and bred Nadia Clifford's previously appeared at the National Theatre in Alistair McDowell's sell-out production of Pomona and Tim Delap will make his NT debut as Rochester.
They are joined by Hannah Bristow (Helen Burns/Adele/St John/Grace Poole/Abbot), Matthew Churcher (Musician), Alex Heane (Musician), Melanie Marshall (Bertha Mason), Belfast born and bred Paul Mundell (Mr Brocklehurst/Pilot/Mason), Cardiff born David Ridley (musician), Evelyn Miller (Bessie/Blanche Ingram/Diana) and Lynda Rook (Mrs Reed/Mrs Fairfax). The cast is completed by Ben Cutler, Jenny Johns, Dami Olukoya, Francesca Tomlinson and Phoebe Vigor.
2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre - a significant time to be touring Charlotte Brontë's classic and much loved story. The highly acclaimed co-production between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic opens at The Lowry in Salford on 8 April and will continue its journey around the country to Sheffield, Aylesbury, Plymouth, Southampton, Edinburgh, York, Woking, Glasgow, Richmond, Canterbury, Cardiff, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Brighton, Leeds, Belfast, Aberdeen and Birmingham.
Playbill reports it too.

This columnist from the Uinta County Herald is offended by a recent association of Jane Eyre to Fifty Shades Darker.
I was delighted to discover the 2011 “Jane Eyre,” one of my all-time favorite movies (romantic or otherwise), at Wal-Mart this Sunday. I have loved the book by Charlotte Brontë since I first encountered it in middle school, and the movie is a beautifully done adaptation.
However, my delight at finding “Jane Eyre” was tempered by the realization that the slipcover was bleached of all color, leaving it in black, white and grey — and the movie came with an expired coupon for a ticket to “Fifty Shades Darker.
I am mortally offended by the implied connection between “Jane Eyre” and “Fifty Shades.” It’s a gross insult to Bronte’s genius and sensitivity. And what of this comparison to “Fifty Shades” — that “Twilight” fanfiction that is disgustingly degrading at best and outright dangerous at worst? From what I’ve gathered, it is a story of a man abusing a woman in the name of love, and of her eager submission to it. That’s not love. That’s abuse.
On the other hand, we have “Jane Eyre,” which does have surface similarities but also (and this is the important part) profound differences. It is these differences that “Twilight” and “Fifty Shade,  have neglected.
The hero of “Jane Eyre” (if you can call him that) is Edward Rochester — powerful, wealthy, well-educated and well-traveled, violent, rude, passionate, rough, tormented by his inner demons and by his mad wife in the attic and Jane’s social superior in every material way.
By contrast, Jane is “poor, plain and little” by her own admission. She is an orphan despised and cast off by her aunt and cousins, abused through childhood and sent to a boarding school where her best friend and many other girls died of disease and malnutrition. She is a governess, caught between the servants’ class and the middle- and upper-classes. She has no apparent worth in the world and is alone, unbeautiful and unloved — but her saving grace is her faith in God (found while suffering in boarding school) and in her strong moral principles. (Read more) (Bethany Lange)
Signature Reads interviews writer Maeve Higgins.
SIG: Are there any books you’ve read lately that inspired  Maeve in America?
MH: Absolutely. Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War is amazing. The Upstairs Wife about women in Pakistan is another one I love, and How the Irish Became White is fascinating. Those books are windows into worlds. There are also novels, like say Jane Eyre. What’s always interesting to me is someone who leaves their life behind and starts over. (Patrick Sauer)
On Gramophone, John Amis, Rumon Gamba and Adrian Edwards discuss composer Bernard Herrmann and his works.
AE Writing film music is partly an art because you’re writing to a prescribed number of minutes, in segments, in sections, all the time. Yet when we recall what Herrmann considered to be the piece by which he would be remembered, the opera Wuthering Heights, that’s a sprawling work which really could do with a bit of the technique of film writing being allied to it.
JA I think there are a lot of film gestures and atmospheric gestures in it but I do think it’s the most boring piece. I didn’t want to condemn him without reconsidering it, so I listened this week to the last two acts and I do think it’s a bit like eating polystyrene and there’s such a lack of melody. Although there’s one good song in it, the rest is really rather feeble.
AE So Rumon, what do you think happened? The marvellous, dramatic music he wrote for film eluded him when it came to Brontë.
RG Of course he was working with a great writer, but he didn’t have the visual stimulus. That’s what he needed. He was involved in the process of making films, unlike a lot of the composers who would score it afterwards. So he was an active creative partner. Perhaps he didn’t have a creative partner for the opera. Suddenly he was let off the leash with no time limits, and I guess one thinks when you write an opera you have to produce something grand. He was quite romantic in that respect, in the way he approached music. He wanted to emulate the Romantic composers rather than bring everything into a tight shape.
Diario Información (Spain) tells about the publication of a book about Kate Bush in Spanish.
Abogado y profesor de Derecho Tributario en la Universidad de Alicante –«comprenderás que busque escapes», bromea– Vicedo apunta que la autora de ese Wuthering heights con el que irrumpió en escena en 1978 «necesitaba una biografía en castellano, que no tenía».
Él, como muchos seguidores de esta artista británica, la conoció con ese video famoso de aspecto coreográfico que habla de Cumbres borrascosas «con una pasión que trasciende». «La mitad de la gente que ve ese video piensa: ''Qué voz más horrible tiene'' y a la otra mitad lo que nos llama la atención es cómo vive la historia que cuenta en tres minutos. Eso es lo difícil del pop, cuando se consigue ir más allá de esos tres minutos. El pop normalmente lo entendemos como un género menor, más intrascendente, más frívolo, y ella lo lleva a un nivel mucho más alto», asegura Vicedo. (África Prado) (Translation)
Also in Spanish is this weird mention which sounds like a blunder but we really couldn't tell. From Pysn Noticias:
Radcliffe también fue una de las primeras en explorar la terrible figura del villano gótico, tan demoníaco como seductor — influyendo, por cierto, otra autora de enorme importancia: Emily Brontë y su de los brujos (quien leyó difícilmente se olvidará del misterioso y atormentado Heathcliff). (Translation)
Express & Echo reports that the luxury five star cruise ship MS Emily Brontë now has a Godmother to launch it. Apartment Therapy shares a selection of gifts for book lovers such as literary teas, including one inspired by Jane Eyre. Patheos Hawkeye discusses orphans in literature. The Brussels Brontë Blog (with a brand new design) tells about the recent talks on Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

Finally, apart from her production company being called Brontë Film and Television, JK Rowling has now mentioned on Twitter that she has a dog called Brontë. When asked about it, she replied,
This week at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Family Events for February Half-Term
Family friendly talks and artist-led workshops

During the school holidays the Museum offers activities for all the family. Listen to our free talks, meet John Brown, take part in drop-in workshops and Hands on History sessions!
Tuesday 21stHands on History, 2pm- 4pm   Get your hands on some domestic artefacts from the Brontës time and see if you can work out some intriguing puzzles… You can even try your hand at a bit of cross stitch!
Meet John Brown, between 11 – 4pm  Branwell’s friend John Brown is in and out of the Parsonage today looking for him. He’s supposed to be taking Branwell to Liverpool for a few days of ‘recuperation’, but he’s nowhere to be seen.  John’s in chatty mood though, so if you come across him today, he’s sure to share a few Branwell anecdotes…

Wednesday 23rd Wednesday workshops are back! Every Wednesday during the school holidays, we will be holding a drop-in workshop led by a local artist. Come and explore different techniques and mediums and create something special to take home with you. Sometimes arty, sometimes crafty but always fun!
Branwell's Wallet
One of Branwell Brontë's possessions that we have at the Museum is a simple brown leather wallet. Join local artist Rachel Lee in upcycling everyday packaging to create your own much funkier version.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  2.30Talks and Walks Join us for a walk around the environs of the Parsonage and find out a little about the Brontës and  their lives in Haworth. If the weather's really bad, there will be a talk in our Learning area instead.
A very unique event will take place these coming weeks in St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. The whole town will celebrate Jane Eyre in several ways:

Theatre

The House of the Heroine
Archer Lodge
21-23,25-28 February 8pm
2-7 March 8pm, 4 March 5.30pm matinee
Doors open 7.30pm for you to wander round the European rooms before the show begins.

Extraordinary theatre in a unique space
Jane hides behind a curtain in her Aunt's mansion with only Bewick's History of British Birds for comfort. She needs a nest. On the continent, Rochester's mistress, Céline Varens flies off. With original composition, live m
usic and a feast of visual delights, join us for extraordinary theatre in a unique space.
Foregrounding the avian imagery in Brontë's masterpiece, Jane Eyre, join us for a vibrant new production in tandem with Hastings Arts Forum's exhibition, The Jane Eyre Project. A free exhibition also in St Leonards on Sea, Hastings Arts Forum's artists will be working in the gallery over the two weeks, evolving the project.
Early booking essential. For 5.30pm school performances, please email explorers@explorethearch.com 
Exhibition:
Jane Eyre Project
21 Feb – 5 Mar
Hastings Art Forum
Private View: 24 Feb, 6.30 - 8.30pm

This exciting show has been developed in parallel with The Explore the Arch theatrical ‘House of the Heroine’ event taking place over the same time period.  The exhibition of artists’ individual interpretations of Jane Eyre will evolve over the two weeks through changing both the work and the format and will include artists working on site.
Jane Eyre will be on the school curriculum next year so as well as our general audience there will be group visits from schools and colleges. More details will be posted here as they emerge.
The exhibition will be multidisciplinary and mixed media. It will also be showing in both galleries.
And many more things:
Outdoor popup responses scattered through the town from community organisations, Black Winkle Arts, The Links Project, Transition Town Hastings, The Torn Pages Project, The Jane Eyre Letters Project & The Burtons' St Leonards Society, sponsored by Fastprint & Design Ltd and Martel Colour Print.
1 Paisley and Friends - Prints, patterns & products. paisleyandfriends.co.uk 01424 421616
2 The Bookkeeper – Secondhand bookshop & hub for local writers and artists. @Bookkeeper1066 07807 136641
3 The Wine Shed – Relaxed dining matched with beautiful wine. 01424 420020
4 Kings Road Antiques – Antiques; Vintage; Retro; Collectibles. 01424 721803
5 Calneva – Mid-century vintage & greeting cards. 07931 357164 / 01424 552208
6 Nico's Kitchen & Lounge - 1920s prohibition inspired venue. Tapas. Cocktail list. nicoskitchenandlounge.com 07982 675094
7 Remy’s Café Kulinarya – Good mood fusion food in beautiful lisenced premises. 01424 272470
8 Pelham’s fine furniture & ceramics - Early walnut furniture & handmade porcelain lighting and tiles. lizemtageceramics.com liz@lizemtageceramics.com
9 La Marette Brocante – Vintage; antiques; collectibles; retro. Facebook/La Marette Brocante 07729 347006
10 Bobos – Flowers for all occasions. Nostalgic charm. 01424 721120
11 Who’s Wearing What - Contemporary womenswear in natural fabrics. 01424 272925
12 Xanadu – Mens and Ladies vintage clothing. xanadu-stleonards.co.uk 07751 861850
13 Fleet Gallery – Mid century British paintings & furniture, handmade rugs. facebook.com/fleetgallery 01424 200220
14 Hastings Antiques Centre – Antiques and art. amstadart.co.uk 01424 428561
15 St Clements Restaurant – modern British restaurant specialising in fresh local fish. stclementsrestaurant.co.uk 01424 200355
16 St Leonards Modern Goods – Unisex lifestyle store. 07792991949
17 Tilt – Old objects & pieces of furniture turned into something new & unique. tiltoriginals.co.uk 07720 112977
18 Love Café – Great food, great people, great place. thelovecafe.me 01424 717815
19 Omega Studio – jewellery, art, sculpture, furniture, ceramics & glass. omegastudio.co.uk 01424 552237
20 Graze on Grand – Modern European dining, wine bar & gallery. grazeongrand.com 01424 439736
21 On the Parade Antiques – Antiques, vintage & collectables 07713 943002
22 Smiths – stunning sea views & home cooked food using local produce. 07514 339293
23 Bonjour Café - A speciality coffee shop with contemporary breakfast, brunch & lunch 07931 577151
24 La Belle Vista – Modern Italian restaurant. labellavista.co.uk 01424 423608
25 Half Man! Half Burger! – Purveyors of fine burgers, fries, craft beers & good times. halfmanhalfburger.com 01424 552332

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Keighley News tells about the new book by Karen Perkins, Parliament Of Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.
Emily Brontë features in the latest Yorkshire ghost story by novelist Karen Perkins.
Parliament Of Rooks is described as a haunting tale of Brontë country, showing that no matter how hard life is, humanity has the power to make it better or worse.
The book is the latest historical paranormal novel in the award-winning Yorkshire Ghosts series by Karen, who also writes Caribbean pirate adventures.
Karen said the story contrasted the beautiful and inspiring village of Haworth today with the slum – or ‘rookery’ – that it was during the Industrial Revolution.
She said the village was then rife with disease, heartache, poverty, and employing child slavery in the mills, with life expectancy in 1848 only 22.
Karen said: “Nine-year-old Harry Sutcliff hates working at Rooks Mill and is forever in trouble for running away to the wide empty spaces of the moors – empty but for the song of the skylark, the antics of the rabbits, and the explorations of Emily Brontë.
“Bound together by their love of the moors, Emily and Harry develop a lasting friendship, but not everyone is happy about it – especially Martha, Harry’s wife.
“As Martha’s jealous rages grow in ferocity, Harry does not realise the danger he is in; a danger that also threatens Verity and her new beau, William, 150 years later.
“Only time will tell if Verity and William have the strength to fight off the ghosts determined to shape their lives, or whether they will succumb to an age-old betrayal.” (Richard Parker)
The Yorkshire Post interviews Yorkshire-born actress Natalie Gavin.
If a stranger to Yorkshire only had time to visit one place, it would be? Haworth. Always. I keep on talking about my personal crusade to promote Yorkshire to my friends, but I really do feel that I have messed up badly if I don’t take them over to “Brontë Country” when they come to visit.
This columnist from Ara Balears (Spain) writes about Wuthering Heights.
Dic tot això, perquè tant un art com l’altre em feren somiar de despert molt de temps, i és així que no sabria dir si 'Cims borrascosos' el vaig veure primer o el vaig llegir primer. Una cosa que sí que és ben certa és que quan vaig conèixer aquesta apassionada història d’amor jo ja havia superat l’adolescència. Segur.
Però vull parlar de literatura i no de cinema. Potser sigui 'Cims borrascosos' la novel·la més aspra que he llegit. Al llarg dels anys, aquesta història m’ha perseguit sempre. És un drama, una tragèdia, en el seu sentit més profund de l’ànima humana. No debades ha merescut tots els adjectius truculents que es poden posar a una relació tan inclement com aquesta. Des de: febril, delirant, voluptuosa, tenebrosa, cruel, salvatge, etcètera. El que sí que és veritablement és una novel·la del tot trencadora pel seu temps. I encara ara, podríem afegir. Per això i molt més s’ha convertit en un clàssic contemporani.
A mi, personalment, tan sensible a tot el que els passa, de bo i de dolent, als éssers humans, em va suposar un xoc que m’ha acompanyat fins avui. Més que qualsevol altre sentiment, el de l’odi viscut per personatges inestables i incapaços de dominar el seu propi destí, sempre m’ha impressionat fins al moll dels ossos. És terrible. Però, a la vegada, sempre m’ha enganxat en les històries de ficció ben escrites. I he d’admetre que Emily Brontë va estar inspiradíssima a l’hora d’imaginar i d’escriure un relat tan lacerant com aquest. (Joan Guasp) (Translation)
Readers Lane recommends several modern retellings of Wuthering Heights. On AnneBrontë.org, Nick Holland discusses the Brontës' second novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Shirley (remember you can vote for your favourite on the Royal Society of Literature website if you are a resident of the UK).
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A couple of recent releases of the musical digital world:

Vintage Hollywood Classics, Vol. 30
Essential Themes from the Golden Studio Era

Alfred Newman
February 3, 2017
Includes
Cathy's Theme (From "Wuthering Heights")

Midnite String Quartet
MSQ Performs Kate Bush
Roma Music Group
December 2016
Includes
Wuthering Heights (4:03)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner interviews writer and poet Simon Armitage:
He was invited to curate an exhibition, recently opened, at The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Branwell Brontë, brother of the famous literary sisters and black sheep of the family.
Simon admits that before tackling the project he knew little about Branwell (whose story of drug addiction, thwarted ambition and alcoholism was recently featured in a Sally Wainwright television drama) and was more familiar with sister Emily’s poetry. But he has attempted to get into the mind of the troubled only son. The starting point of the exhibition, which links 10 Armitage poems with 10 Branwell artefacts, is a letter and poem sent by Branwell to the acclaimed poet William Wordsworth. As one poet to another, how does Simon rate the ill-fated young man’s work? “You can see the poem is full of repetition and cliches,” he says. “But there are some great lines in there as well. His poetry is young and very enthusiastic and ambitious and imitates the Romantics of the era, in particular Byron and Wordsworth.
“He never got a response to the letter, which is a little bit heartbreaking. But Branwell was precocious and very puffed up in his letter, and he irritated Wordsworth by criticising some of the poets of the day, but not by name.”
When writing the Brontë poems, Simon says he couldn’t avoid imagining who and what Branwell would have been today. “One of the objects in the exhibition is his wallet,” he explains, “ and I wanted to think about what it meant to him – it was always empty. In the poem it becomes a contemporary object; there’s a condom in there, his dealer’s phone number, a credit card with cocaine on the end of it.” (Hilarie Stelfox)
The Observer talks about this year's Berlinale and mentions the film Viceroy's House which contans a curious Brontë reference:
The most opulent movie at this year’s festival was Viceroy’s House by Gurinder Chadha, a behind-the-scenes story of the partition of India. Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, as Lord and Lady Mountbatten, lead a squadron of character notables including Simon Callow and Michael Gambon, although the film’s emotional centre is the Muslim-Hindu Romeo-and-Juliet romance played out by Huma Qureshi and Manish Dayal. The script sometimes struggles to transcend the required history lesson, although it’s a sumptuous film, and never boring. But its account of the nightmare of partition sometimes states the obvious. As the contents of Delhi’s Viceroy House are split between the two new nations, even the library has to be divvied up – Pakistan gets Wuthering Heights, India gets the complete Jane Austen. “But this is absurd!” protests Lady M, with Anderson doing her crispest Celia Johnson voice. (Jonathan Romney)
BBC Culture reviews the film God's Own Country:
This sense of place, and of tactile immediacy in the detail and dirt of its wild location, at times recalls Andrea Arnold's viscerally damp and windswept take on Wuthering Heights, but there is nothing ethereal about [Francis]Lee's vision of rural life. (Jessica Kiang)
The Sunday Times reviews the dance piece Town and Country:
Country has a delightful backdrop of a village in a valley (like a 1930s travel poster), the cast in frocks, smocks and jodhpurs, a stormy Wuthering Heights love segment and (echoing Ashton again) a jaunty clog and tap dance that accidentally squashed a puppet hedgehog. The finale is elegiac. (David Dougill)
This columnist in The Sunday Herald recommends novels for therapy:
To get us started, there are a number of books I would suggest that every doctor should have in their consulting room, ready to prescribe at any minute whatever the problem. Acne and teenage angst for instance. Just prescribe The Diary Of Adrian Mole and the patient will understand that the spots will go away in time. The angst, on the other hand, never does. I can also see doctors prescribing Jane Eyre to anyone suffering depression over the state of their marriage and before long the advice will be clear. Do try counselling or couples therapy. Do not try locking your wife in the attic and marrying someone else. (Mark Smith)
VilaWeb (in Catalan) interviews Ariadna Gil on her upcoming role as Jane Eyre in a new theatre adaptation to open in Barcelona:
—Coneixíeu l’obra Jane Eyre?—No. I ha estat una gran oportunitat. És de les millors coses que m’han passat últimament. He descobert tot un món, i tota una època. La duresa de la vida i l’anhel d’independència. Amb els Brontë també he vist que hi ha famílies on tots són brillants. Això passa i et demanes, què els han donat de petits? Jo he quedat enamorada de Jane Eyre i Charlotte Brontë. I el procés d’assaig ha estat molt exigent. Però potser el més feliç de la meva vida. Positivament, molt gran. Senties que treballaves molt, però sense patir. La intel·ligència de la Carme Portaceli ens ha guiat a tots. No t’ho diu tot de cop, per exemple. Els canvis, un per un. Et sents superacompanyada. Ho he gaudit molt. (...)
—He vist que, a banda de la novel·la, recomaneu molt la biografia sobre Brontë escrita per una amiga seva.—Sí. Molt. Escrita per Elizabeth Gaskell, escriptora de l’època. Eren amigues. I quan va morir Charlotte Brontë va escriure aquesta biografia per encàrrec del pare de Brontë. El pare va enterrar els seus sis fills. I el privilegi és que vas llegint una persona que parla amb la gent que va conviure amb la Brontë. També hi ha multitud de cartes de Brontë amb els editors. Allà entens qui era aquesta dona. El criteri que tenia. I veus que s’assembla molt a la Jane Eyre de la novel·la. Recordo, per exemple, el pobre home que venia el paper a les germanes. Els trossos de paper on escrivien les seves obres. L’home, es veu, ho passava fatal quan se’n quedava sense. La cara que feien les germanes quan veien que no en quedava, de paper! Elles eren dones que vivien únicament per escriure. I escriure conjuntament. (Read more) (Andreu Barnils) (Translation)
El Español (in Spanish) talks about the playwright José Zorrilla:
Es el momento de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, de Rosalía de Castro, de Cecilia Böhl de Faber, de las hermanas Brönte (sic), de Jane Austen, de Emily Dickinson, de Mary Shelley… La mujer no sólo alcanza al hombre sino que, además, lo supera
En este contexto, José Zorrilla adapta la obra a ese cambio de tendencia. El argumento no puede alejarse del protagonismo que toma la mujer, que poco a poco van haciéndose dueñas y señoras de gran parte del argumento. Parece increíble, pero hasta el XIX es difícil incluso encontrar obras que sean protagonizadas por personajes femeninos. Sin embargo, éste es el siglo de Karénina, Emma Bovary y Ana Ozores; de la Teresa de Espronceda; de Fortunata y de Jacinta; de la Alicia de Carroll; de Berenice; de Jane Eyre. Y Zorrilla, insisto, no puede obviar este giro: su doña Inés no será, ya nunca más, la simple novicia que sucumbió al Tenorio. (Carlos Mayoral) (Translation)
Best Movie (in Italian) reviews the film Fallen:
Jane Austen ed Emily Brontë dietro a Bella Swan, Katniss, ‘Tris’ Prior, Lucinda “Luce” Price, col distopico spacciato per utopico e la deformazione per formazione. Lo sdoganamento del “chick flick” coll’aggravante della serialità, un “Twilight biblico”. (Mauro Lanari) (Translation)
Diary of an Eccentric shares a list of best reads of 2016 including Rita Maria Martinez's The Jane and Bertha in Me.
(Via Brontë Parsonage Blog)

More new Italian translations of  Brontë juvenilia have been published:
Juvenilia
Charlotte Brontë
Translated by Maddalena De Leo
Robin Edizione. Biblioteca del Vascello
pubblicato: 2017
ISBN 9788867409488

Sotto il titolo di “Juvenilia” si raccolgono per la prima volta in italiano quattro brevi e coinvolgenti racconti di una giovanissima Charlotte Brontë. L’intento è di aprire uno spiraglio sulla scrittura più acerba, ma già di grande forza e passione, dell’autrice inglese e di far conoscere al pubblico anche la sua produzione minore.
Perché la fama non rimanga limitata solo a “Jane Eyre”, il s
uo romanzo più famoso, accanto al bellissimo racconto “Caroline Vernon”, la curatrice, Maddalena De Leo, propone infatti la traduzione di tre appassionanti storie dell’avvincente ciclo di Angria: “Il segreto”, “Lily Hart” e “Henry Hastings”.
More information on Gazzeta dal Tacco

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A tragic death, a bench, a storm and an unexpected return. A story (almost) larger than life in The Guardian:
In hindsight, Emily guessed that something was up with Archie. After Christmas, we drove to Shropshire for a break and stopped on the way at Archie’s grave in a Worcestershire church. Emily was dismayed to find the headstone mottled and the inscription barely legible. It includes lines from an Emily Brontë poem – “No coward soul is mine / No trembler in the world’s storm-troubled sphere.” On 29 December, these very words were movingly recited in the BBC’s Brontë drama To Walk Invisible. On the last day of the year, Archie’s bench beached at Saunton.
“He’s sending a message,” said Emily when we heard. “He’s saying, ‘Don’t forget about me.’” (Jasper Rees)
The future of the South Square Gallery in Thornton in The Telegraph & Argus:
They are now looking at starting a community asset transfer, which would allow them to take on the lease of the building from the council, giving them more control and independence. And they also hope the move cold see the building expand into an even bigger attraction for Thornton, famous as being the birthplace of the Brontë sisters.
A meeting has been arranged for early next month for anyone who wants to get involved in South Square.
The main gallery features varied exhibitions, with the most recent ranging from art looking at the life of the Brontës, artistic expressions of the gender pay gap and the current exhibition of neon nude images by artist Romily Alice. (Chris  Young)
Oregon Artswatch and others) announce that
Bag&Baggage had already shifted its production of Polly Neale’s Brontë, which begins previews March 4, to the Hillsboro Public Library’s Brockwood Branch [as]  the Venetian wouldn’t be available for performances. (Bob Hicks)
Not a bad change according to the Hillsboro Tribune:
"Not only is this a play that has a stellar reputation for creativity and expressiveness, it is also a play written by a woman about women writers," said B&B Founding Artistic Director Scott Palmer. "B&B is committed to making sure that women artists, writers and literary figures have a central role in our all of our work, and 'Brontë' is a great example of that commitment." (...)
"To be able to play intimate moments with our audience sitting right next to us, will be incredibly powerful," said B&B Resident Actor Jessi Walters, who plays Anne. "It has given me a whole new wave of excitement for our forever home, where we will be able to tailor our environment to the creative needs of our shows." (...)
"Could there be any better place than a library to perform a play about the lives of the Brontës? No space I have ever worked in before has informed my performance so much," said B&B associate artist Joey Copsey, who plays Branwell. (Michael Spoles)
Stephen Moss in The Guardian reviews The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: The Story of Britain Through Its Census by Roger Hutchinson finding that:
The real problem of Hutchinson’s book lies in the subtitle – “The story of Britain through its census”. There is quite a bit of overfamiliar padding on the Irish civil war, the first and second world wars, the great depression. Some of it is relevant to the census – the Irish civil war meant newly divided Ireland didn’t get its 1920s census until 1926 and the second world war meant no census at all was taken in the 1940s. But do we really need chunks of Yeats, reminiscences of life after the first world war, or a lengthy extract from Charlotte Brontë on the Great Exhibition of 1851?
Come on, quoting Charlotte is never a problem.

Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today quotes again the (in)famous words of Charlotte Brontë about Jane Austen:
Even so, the novel was not without its detractors; Charlotte Brontë described the novel as being “a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden…but with no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck” and in 1898 a deeply unimpressed Mark Twain would expound that “Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig Jane Austen up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
The New York Times has an elegy for the library:
In later years, I would sometimes go to a library in North London, a drab hulk of a building where I became friendly with one of the chattier librarians. Ms. R. was a middle-age woman with close-cropped hair and scarlet fingernails that flipped absently through the cards of her Rolodex. (...)
She once handed me a copy of “Wide Sargasso Sea,” while describing Jean Rhys’s bohemian life in Paris.
“Her book is much better than ‘Jane Eyre,’ ” she said. (Mahesh Rao)
Our Fifty Shades bit comes from the Odessa American:
And more so, why would anyone want to be with a man like Christian Grey? He is brooding, manipulative and evil. He is often characterized as a modern day Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. At least Heathcliff loved Catherine. In this film, Grey cannot even seem to hold a conversation with his own girlfriend. (Avery McWilliams)
Guangdong Yangcheng Evening News (China) reviews the To Walk Invisible DVD.

El Periódico de Catalunya (Spain) talks about Carson McCullers birth centenary:
Carson McCullers jamás se preocupó por caerle bien a la gente porque ya bastante tenía con llevar adelante una vida de escritura en las más difíciles condiciones. Tanto físicas como anímicas. Físicamente, peleó contra la invalidez sin que su obra, tan apasionada y enloquecida como la de Emily Bronte en 'Cumbres borrascosas', desfalleciera ni un momento en una fácil compasión por sí misma. (Elena Hevia) (Translation)
El País (Spain) has visited the Emily Dickinson exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York.
Se alimentaba de Shakespeare, de las hermanas Brontë, de Dickens, de George Eliot, de Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
En la Morgan Library miro los ejemplares que tocaron sus manos: la Biblia que le regaló su padre cuando era niña; las novelas y los poemas de las Brontë y de Barrett Browning, mujeres valientes que publicaban, hacían vidas activas, se ganaban contra viento y marea una celebridad que ella nunca tuvo y no quiso para sí, o al menos no hizo nada por lograrla. (Antonio Muñoz Molina) (Translation)
La Nueva España (Spain) questions the use of Wuthering Heights as a Valentine's day book and particularly Heathcliff as a romantic figure:
Se sigue recomendando la archiconocida “Cumbres Borrascosas” de Emily Brontë como referente delamor romántico y pasional. Y me sigue sorprendiendo. Tengo la impresión de que el tiempo ha borrado de esta historia lo que pudiera ser su verdadero mensaje, ha limpiado el trasfondo de sordidez de una relación que también puede verse como enfermiza, y ha dejado incólumes a los dos enamorados, Catherine y Heathcliff, como imagen ideal del amor atormentado más allá de la muerte.
He visto a muchas mujeres lanzar suspiros idealizando al protagonista, Heathcliff, por su intensa pasión. Y lo que yo he leído en las palabras de Emily Brontë es la descripción de un ser violento y cruel de principio a fin: el retrato de un maltratador. Alguien que podría ser atractivo para cualquier mujer, pero extremadamente peligroso. (María José Barroso Crespo) (Translation)
Letras Libres (México) interviews the writer Mariana Enríquez:
En una entrevista, comentabas que tú lees Cumbres borrascosas como una novela de terror. ¿El terror es un género o una forma de leer? (Anna María Iglesia)
Es una forma de leer: el terror tiene que ver con la emoción y con una relación física con la literatura y, por tanto, creo que hay terror en muchos textos que no están catalogados dentro de este género. Por otro lado, obviamente existe el género del terror, que está muy codificado, que tiene representantes muy evidentes y ya clásicos y que se sigue haciendo ahora, desde una perspectiva pulp o gore. Sin embargo, el terror está más allá del género: para mí, Carretera perdida de David Lynch es una película de terror, porque me da miedo al plantear una ciudad fantasmal donde se borra el límite entre la ficción y la realidad. Lo mismo me sucede con Cumbres borrascosas, que tiene un personaje casi demoníaco. (Translation)
Bustle recommends a Jane Eyre quote for next Monday's Not My President march. Bahnreads sorts Jane Eyre characters as members of Hogwarts houses. El Blog de Sara Lectora (in Spanish) reviews Jane Eyre.
A new Spanish edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (although is not a new translation) has been published:
La inquilina de Wildfell HallBrontë, Anne
Translation Waldo Leirós
ISBN: 97884-90652718
Alba Editorial - Clásicos Minus

Tras muchos años de abandono, la ruinosa mansión de Wildfell Hall es habitada de nuevo por una misteriosa mujer y su hijo de corta edad. La nueva inquilina –una viuda, al parecer –no tarda, con su carácter retraí-do y poco sociable, sus opiniones a menudo radicales y su extraña, tris-te belleza, en atraer las sospechas de la vecindad, y a la vez la rendida admiración de un joven e impetuoso agricultor. Pero la mujer tiene, en efecto, un pasado...más terrible y tortuoso si cabe de lo que la peor de las murmuraciones es capaz de adivinar. La inquilina de Wildfell Hall (1848), segunda y última novela de Anne Brontë, une al bello relato de un amor prohibido e invernal el retrato intensísimo del fracaso de un matrimonio degradado por el abuso y la violencia, descrito “con una predilección morbosa por lo grosero, cuando no brutal” que escandalizó y repugnó a sus contemporáneos. De hecho, todavía hoy, la dureza, au-dacia y auténtico rigor de esta novela siguen siendo igual de sorpren-dentes y desafiantes.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The future of Wycoller is still uncertain, as reported by Lancashire Telegraph.
The future of countryside sites across the county are set to be revealed next week.
Landmarks including Wycoller Country Park, which inspired Charlotte Brontë, were earmarked by Lancashire County Council for either closure or transfer because of £262million in funding cuts revealed in 2015.
Two-years-ago the council said it could no longer afford to run the 93 countryside sites and said it hoped to transfer responsibility of them by March 2018.
Cllr Marcus Johnston, the cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, will make the announcement next week.
A petition, which has already attracted more than 300 signatures, has been launched to appeal to the county to fund Wycoller Park until a new backer can be found.
Pendle councillors Paul White, Jenny Purcell and Joe Cooney are behind the petition.
The ruined Wycoller Hall, which is based in the grounds, was the model for Ferndean Manor in Brontë’s Jane Eyre and the historic venue is the starting point for the Brontë Way which leads to the Parsonage Museum in nearby Haworth.
Cllr White said: “We are really pleased with the uptake of the petition.
“It’s very important that this park stays open as it will be much more attractive to a new backer if it can be transferred as a going concern instead of having to be shut down.
“I’m disappointed the deal with the trust has fallen through but now we must do all we can to try and find a new partner.
“We are not asking the council to fund it forever, just until a new deal can be done.”
In 2015 a petition by the Friends of Wycoller to support stop the park’s closure was signed by more than 6,700 people.
Last year the Lancashire Wildlife Trust expressed an interest in taking over the majority of the council’s countryside sites but said it needed funding from the council in doing so.
A council spokesman said: “The county council agreed in 2016 to fund the countryside service from reserves until March, 31, 2018, so there is no need to find funding to ensure Wycoller Country Park’s continued operation in the immediate term.
“A decision is due to be taken in the coming days by the cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services regarding the future of the countryside sites which will address people’s concerns about the future of many of the key sites.” (Jon Robinson)
2BR Lancashire has the story as well. Let us hope this won't go the way of the Red House Museum.

In Spain, news sites are busy promoting the forthcoming adaptation of Jane Eyre in Barcelona. From La Información:
En rueda de prensa este jueves, la directora ha recordado que se celebra el 200 aniversario del nacimiento de la novelista inglesa con esta obra -que presentó bajo el seudónimo masculino Currer Bell-- y crítica con los patrones victorianos de su época, que los sectores más conservadores consideraron peligrosamente inmoral.
"Fue una mujer que por su instinto de verdad se enfrentó al mundo y cuando todos manipulaban la palabra, ella solo entiende lo literal", ha explicado Portaceli, ensalzando su pureza y el respeto que siempre guarda consigo misma, creando un personaje que siempre sale adelante.
Con música de Clara Peya y Laia Vallès en directo, 'Jane Eyre' es una ventana a través de la cual Brontë enseña su visión del mundo y opina sobre la diferencia arbitraria entre clases, con especial mención al papel de la mujer en la sociedad, así como una historia de amor con el señor Rochester, "un hombre agrietado en cuya piel pueden ponerse todos los hombres que tienen una historia tremenda", que queda prendado de la pureza espiritual de Eyre. [...]
[Ariadna] Gil ha explicado que este papel ha sido "una de las cosas más importantes" que le han pasado últimamente, y que con la lectura de la novela descubrió un mundo y une época, así como el impulso y la fuerza del personaje.
"Es un personaje moral y con unos principios inamovibles", ha dicho Gil, confesando haber quedado enamorada del personaje tras unos ensayos muy exigentes, lo que le ha dejado una enorme sensación de felicidad.
Ha relatado que el vestuario es simple y deja que salga la esencia de los personajes, en una "virguería" de función que pasa de una época a la otra sólo con un cambio de mirada, mientras que Abel Folk ha agregado que el espectáculo es un gran clásico del romanticismo reinterpretado desde el teatro contemporáneo.
Folk ha ensalzado que la obra es "un estallido de verdad y sinceridad", además de una lucha por la libertad individual y la justicia, y ha aventurado que actualmente sería también sorprendente encontrarse con una Jane Eyre tan sincera.
Con un vestuario sencillo, Gil ha agregado que el espectáculo suma unas proyecciones que aportan información que falta: "Aportan este elemento fundamental de geografía, clima y paisaje". (Translation)
From La Vanguardia:
Sobre el tono del montaje, con el que el teatro barcelonés celebra el 200 aniversario del nacimiento de la escritora inglesa, Portaceli ha asegurado: "No potencio el drama, porque no me interesa: pasa lo que pasa. Ella lucha, pero no hay un tono dramático".
Al respecto, Ariadna Gil ha puntualizado que "Jane Eyre tiene mucha ironía, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta que ella habla desde el final de la historia". [...]
En aquella época, como también hoy, ha añadido Abel Folk, "encontrar una Jane Eyre, una persona tan íntegra, también nos sorprendería".
Cuando la huérfana Jane Eyre es enviada a un internado para niñas pobres, para quitársela de encima, Eyre percibe, según Portaceli, "su incapacidad de dejarse maltratar en ninguna de las vertientes que el maltrato pueda disfrazarse".
Conversando con su compañera Helen sobre la rigidez de la enseñanza en el internado, Jane Eyre dice, en un momento dado: "No sería capaz de soportar esta humillación, yo no lo perdonaría. Si todos obedeciéramos y fuéramos amables con los que son crueles e injustos, ellos no nos tendrían nunca miedo y serían cada vez más malos".
Para la directora, "'Jane Eyre' es una puerta a través de la cual Brontë nos enseña su visión del mundo" y, de este modo, a través de la protagonista opina sobre la diferencia arbitraria entre clases y hace especial mención al papel de la mujer en el mundo. "Ella no deja nunca que nadie olvide que, por ser pobre o mujer, no se es un ser inferior", apunta Portaceli.
"Jane Eyre", continúa Portaceli, es "una obra romántica en la que la lucha por la libertad es el impulso que guía a la protagonista en un mundo en el que las mujeres no la podían conseguir".
El espectador descubre también una historia de amor que sólo se hace realidad cuando "los dos protagonistas hablan de igual a igual, cuando el amor ya no es una cárcel, sino un acto de libertad". (Translation)
Aldia, Regió 7 and Te interesa also feature the production.

BBC Culture reviews the film God's Own Country:
And in Josh O'Connor (Peaky Blinders) the film finds a central performance of such authenticity and naturalism that is feels like it grew there, planted some years ago, with a root system that extends for miles under these forbiddingly lovely moors.
The film’s sense of place recalls Andrea Arnold’s viscerally damp and windswept Wuthering Heights.
This sense of place, and of tactile immediacy in the detail and dirt of its wild location, at times recalls Andrea Arnold's viscerally damp and windswept take on Wuthering Heights, but there is nothing ethereal about Lee's vision of rural life. (Jessica Kiang)
The Monitor makes an interesting point in a review of Fifty Shades Darker:
Ana wants the hero of her Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë stories, conveniently forgetting that she is straying farther and farther away from the strong, independent, intelligent heroines within those novels, the women who challenged their suitors to be better men and earn their love and respect. (Brooke Corso)
The Conversation recommends the book L’Histoire d’O to those 'Fed up with Fifty Shades'.
At times, Desclos’s words recall another honorary Parisian writer: Jean Rhys, whose roughly contemporaneous novels of lost, voiceless women carried the same echoes of lonely, inner emptiness while in the distant thrall of powerful – but indifferent – men. Like Desclos, Rhys too had been the “other woman” in a literary relationship, this time with writer, critic and editor Ford Madox Ford. The absurdities of their arrangement formed the sustance of her 1928 novel Quartet, which was also set in Paris. By the time O was published, Rhys had already begun on her literary tour de force, Wide Sargasso Sea; her prequel to Brontë’s Jane Eyre intended to breathe life into the Jamaican wife Rochester had imprisoned in an attic. (Victoria Anderson)
Counsel & Heal reviews the book Heartthrob: A History of Women and Desire by Carolyn Dyhouse.
According to author Professor Carol Dyhouse, what makes a man very desirable to women are not only based on his appearance but also on his personality. What Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre and Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy have in common, besides being wealthy men in novels, is that both male characters are considered by most women as damaged men. (Minnow Blythe)
The Daily Mail features the same book:
But what about a different sort of heartthrob? Certain women have always hankered after pirates, brigands, highwaymen, tough warriors and even vampires.
Horrible Heathcliff epitomises the anti-hero who treats women badly. This is the allure of the dark side — just a short step away from the transgressive fantasy of being taken by force. When Daphne du Maurier described a man as ‘a menace’, she meant he was unsettlingly sexy. (Bel Mooney)
An essay on Letterpile discusses whether Mr Earnshaw might have actually been Heathcliff's father. The Telegraph and Argus reminds locals of the 'attractions on our own doorstep' such as the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Finally, the Royal Society of Literature is looking to find the nation's favourite second novel through an online poll open to UK residents only. Both Shirley and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall can be voted.