Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:46 am by Cristina in , , , , , , ,    No comments
Patti Smith's gig at The Old Schoolroom in Haworth is still being talked about. From the Yorkshire Evening Post:
When Patti Smith asks for more lighting, she usually gets a couple of extra strobes.
When the godmother of punk asks for it during this benefit performance in support of the Brontë Parsonage Museum, however, an entire row of strip lights judders into life.
Bathed in white, she produces a well-thumbed book and proceeds to read Emily Brontë’s ‘Night Wind’. Accompanied on flute by 13-year-old local musician Kizzy Brown, who she met the previous day at Ponden Hall, she demonstrates both her generosity of spirit and her affinity with Haworth’s literary family.
The moment perfectly encapsulates this evening of words and music, during which she guides the 125-strong audience through visionaries (‘My Blakean Year’), talented lives cut short (‘This Is The Girl’), and empowerment (the encore ‘People Have The Power’). [...]
It’s with ‘Because The Night’, dedicated to Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester, that she really raises the roof on the Old Schoolroom. Performing 35 years to the day after the track was released, it proves she’s lost none of her passion and ability to inspire; qualities that will undoubtedly help boost membership to the Brontë Society. (Susan Darlington)
Express comments on it as well and AudioBoo has a short interview with Patti Smith.

The Stage reviews Rosemary Branch Theatre's take on Jane Eyre.
Six actors, six chairs, six books and a little piano music are all that’s needed to evocatively create the gothic world of Charlotte Brontë’s novel in this piece of fringe theatre at its best.
In keeping with the humble heroine, this is one of the most modest of productions, with Bryony J Thompson turning economy to her great advantage as the skilful editing and fine acting allows us to use our imaginations to paint pictures rather than everything being literally spelt out.
Elegantly skipping from narration to dialogue, Thompson also maintains momentum by splitting chunks of description between the group in a game of lyrical tag, while her decision to keep the half dozen exposed on stage throughout the two plus hours ensures a wonderful fluidity.
All would count for naught, however, if Thompson was not blessed with a crack cast to vividly animate Jane’s romantic adventures.
As the ‘plain’ Ms Eyre, Helen Russell-Clark is a little too attractive but she does capture the interesting tension between subordinate governess and independent lady and is a worthy match for Rob Pomfret’s confident Mr Rochester who speaks and strides about with the perfect air of entitlement. (Jonathan Lovett)
Also on stage at the moment is Peter McMaster's Wuthering Heights, which was mentioned on BBC Radio Scotland's The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth yesterday and is recommended by the Scotsman. The Guardian Theatre Blog reminds readers that Hull Truck Theatre's Jane Eyre is now 'in residence in the studio'. While the Daily Record reviews the Broadway production of the musical Matilda recalling that,
She goes to the library weekly to pick up classics such as “Crime and Punishment,” “Jane Eyre,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “The Lord of the Rings,” etc. (Bill Canacci)
Jane Eyre is recommended by The Hindu as part of their World Book Day celebrations.
This novel tells readers about the need for boldness, courage and adjustment contributing to a prosperous life. It is both an entertaining as well as a realistic novel. It is a must read for everyone, young and the old.
USA Today's Happy Ever After states the following in an article about The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway:
Bee Ridgway is a romance author and teaches American literature at Bryn Mawr College. Some of her colleagues might cringe at the thought, but we romance readers don't, because we know that many of the literary works we read in college are romances. Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre, for instance. (Joyce Lamb)
Well, they may be, but they are certainly much more than just romances.

Here's a tip from the Standard-Examiner:
Lastly, at least try to enjoy the work. I know so many people that go into reading something like “Wuthering Heights” or “Romeo and Juliet” saying, “I hate reading. I know I’m going to hate this book.” Well, if you begin thinking that way, of course you are going to hate it! (Krystal Ruiz)
The North Haven Citizen looks at popular poets through time:
The world of poetry has been blessed with many talented poets and writers who have fascinated and entertained readers with their creative and unique compilation of poems that are among the classics and have remained ever so popular for countless generations. Some of these poets include William Blake, Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Lewis Carroll, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Edward Lear, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Meville, Edgar Allan Poe, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, William Shakespeare, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth, and many more. (Paul Colella)
Todo Literatura (Spain) features writer Carmen Santos who includes the Brontës among her favourite authors.

Hathaways of Haworth celebrated Charlotte Brontë's birthday and her pictures are also shared by the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page.


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