Christmas Lunch and Entertainment 2016 - The annual Brontë Group Christmas Lunch took place last Saturday, 3 December. Around 40 members turned up to enjoy a three-course meal, drinks and entertai...
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Tolstoy's classic [Anna Karenina] was written a long time ago, of course, and, on the flip side, evergreen female authors like Jane Austen and the Brontës managed to give us fine portraits of men alongside their memorable heroines. However, we have had a few revolutions since, resulting in a lot of space on the shelves, the stage, and the screen devoted to feminine mystiques and mistakes. For women writers, it is about finally getting, if not even, at least equal time. (Michele Willens)The Boston Globe interviews the writer Cheryl Strayed:
Books: Do you read mostly contemporary fiction?
Strayed: I do, because I want to keep up on what’s happening. But then a few times a year I’ll remember that I love old literature, too. Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre” is one of my 10 favorite books. I have to go out of my way to remember to pick up a book like that, but when I do I’m blown away by how very relevant it still is. (Amy Sutherland)
Wasikowska, who shone in Jane Eyre and Alice In Wonderland, excels again as a young woman who is at once vulnerable and, one feels, more than a match for anyone around her. (Demetrios Matheou)
When was the first time you thought of writing a book?Sudha Menon: In some ways, I think I always knew I would write a book. Maybe the physical act of writing started only in early 2010, a few months after I walked away from a full-time job as a journalist. But somewhere in the back of my mind, as a little girl who grew up in a house full of books of varied genres, I think I knew this was my destiny. By the time I was 10 or 12, my elder sister (she is now a lecturer in a UK University) and I had consumed Harper Lee’s How To Kill a Mockingbird, A J.Cronin’s The Citadel, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago, Emile Zola’s The Dram Shop, P.G. Wodehouse’s amazing books and fallen in love with Tom Sawyer. You can’t spend the better part of your growing up years reading all of that and not dream of writing a book someday! (Rituparna Roy Deshpande)Another Asian author to be interviewed is Roshi Fernando in The Sunday Leader (Sri Lanka):
What was your favorite childhood read?The St Louis Post-Dispatch announces a new production of Jane Eyre (adapted by Julie Beckman) to be performed in April:
I was a very serious, sullen child. I liked ‘Jane Eyre’ – read it over and over. Also ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘David Copperfield’. My mother was an English teacher and brought home all these books and I digested them like soft fruit.
Charlotte Brontë’s enduring romance “Jane Eyre” comes to life at Mustard Seed Theatre. Plucky Jane, orphaned and poor, doesn’t know what she’s in for when she agrees to be governess to Mr. Rochester’s ward — or who that is in the attic. (April 12-28 in the Fine Arts Theatre at Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Boulevard. $25, 314-719-8060; mustardseedtheatre.com.) (Judith Newmark)The Guardian likens the fall of Elba Esther Gordillo (the Mexican union leader) to Wuthering Heights:
The relationship between [Enrique] Peña Nieto and Gordillo was straight from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. The breath-taking story of passion, revenge and madness amid the desolate wasteland of Yorkshire repeated itself in the relationship between the Mexican president and the teachers' leader. (Luis Hernández Navarro)
Improvements to Church Street in Haworth will close the road to through traffic for three weeks while stone setts are relayed and repared.According to the Sunderland News' Roker Report the latest issue of A Love Supreme (a fanzine by supporters of the Sunderland Football Club) contains:
Contractors working for Bradford Council have begun work to repair the link between Main Street, the Parsonage Museum, the rear of the Church, and the West Lane car park.
The contractors aim to re-open the road at weekends and residents who have a permit to park on Church Street will be able to use the museum car park.
Inside this month you'll find a whole host of great bits about the club including our own column, this month penned by Michael Graham and contains plenty of references to Wuthering Heights and ancient philosophers nobody has heard of. It's a very good read though. (Simon Walsh)El Gato Literario (in Spanish) posts about Wuthering Heights; the Brontë Sisters remembers how on a day like today Charlotte Brontë became a governess for the White family in Rawdon; From my Writer's Notebook loves to re-read (or re-listen) Jane Eyre; the NEW College Pontefract visited the Parsonage and has posted some pictures on its Facebook wall.