Thursday, May 16, 2013

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The Inverness Courier features filmmaker Clive Malcouronne who
is now working on Celtic Jane, an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre relocated to inter-war Scotland, and has already shot scenes for the film at the Highland Folk Museum at Newtonmore and Kilmorack Village Hall with the help of pupils from Inverness performing arts school TFX.
However, to help raise funds for his most ambitious project to date, Malcouronne plans to hold a film workshop at his home near Kirkhill over the weekend of Friday 24th to Sunday 26th May.
Malcouronne will introduce each of the chosen films from a filmmaker’s perspective and will discuss the lessons to be learned from them with the workshop participants. [...]
The names of each participant will also be included in the final credits of Celtic Jane as a friend and sponsor of the film.
"If this is successful, further weekend film workshops will be organised during the summer, autumn and even later during the winter period," Malcouronne added.
"A short movie made by those attending may follow in weekly seminars later on."
In the meantime, work progresses on Celtic Jane, with Malcouronne planning a charity screening in aid of Save the Children in Inverness once the film is complete.
"We had a cast of approximately 30 at Kilmorack Village Hall to depict the harsh and severe events of her first day there," Malcouronne said.
"The schedule was exhausting, but it looks dramatic and convincing."
The Telegraph and Argus reports that there have been more stone slab thefts in Thornton:
Jenny Oliver, of Thornton Road, said she and other residents were concerned about the safety of the expensive stone in this conservation area, which is protected because of its architectural and historical interest.
She has suggested installing CCTV cameras, particularly on Market Street, in a bid to protect them.
She said: “These paving stones at the central cross roads of Thornton Road and Kipping Lane had been raised around the outside ready to be stolen.
“It took two weeks for anything to be done about it after numerous calls to the Council.
“This is not just an isolated incident. The front pathway passing the Brontë birthplace and the adjacent two houses have had about ten slabs taken in recent weeks."
Still locally, the Brontë Parsonage Facebook Page reports the following:
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At long last our new, specially-woven curtains - as close as we can get to those ordered by Charlotte for the room - are up! Made from union cloth and dyed crimson, Charlotte was unhappy with the colour. The good news is, we love them!
They certainly look impressive.

A former headteacher discusses in the Guardian's Teacher Network Michael Gove's dismissal of Twilight as appropriate reading for teenagers.
Later in my career as a head of department I remember conversations with my team about how we could ensure the pupils had a varied, stimulating reading diet, and how we could make Shakespeare, Austen and the Brontës, for example, accessible and as enjoyable as possible. I also remember dynamic lessons with pupils of all ability studying texts such as Of Mice and Men and The Lord of the Flies. I have always considered eclecticism to be a good thing, and an eclectic diet healthy. I'm not sure why Gove was so dismissive of everything written after the turn of the century. (Jill Berry)
Romance writer Mary Costello discusses vulnerable heroes on USA Today's Happy Ever After:
But we still crave contact with those gentlemanly heroes of yore who provided us with the template for the romantic hero we admire today. Writers like the Brontës and Elizabeth Gaskell wove endless attractive variations on the manly theme, and the best thing is, these heroes translate brilliantly to TV and film. Who hasn't drooled over modern-day Darcys, Colonel Brandons, Rochesters or Heathcliffs?
La Croix (France) mentions Kate Morton's admiration for the Brontës.

And PLOS's Speaking of Medicine reviews the book Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis by Helen Bynum in which she
uses known cultural figures, such as John Keats and Charlotte Brontë, to better show the reader the complete hold that tuberculosis can have on a person’s life. (Jasmine Grenier and Madhukar Pai)
However, Charlotte Brontë is not believed to have died from TB.

Ekstra Bladet (Denmark) features the national Eurovision song contest singer, Emmelie de Forest, who is a fan of both Kate Bush and Wuthering Heights, the novel:
Hvad læser du?- Jeg læser både romaner, krimier og biografier. Min yndlingsbog er Stormfulde Højder af Emily Brontë. Det er en mørk historie, der handler mere om hævn end om kærlighed, og mit album er faktisk meget inspireret af den. [...]
Hvem er dit største idol?- Det er Kate Bush. Hendes måde at synge på og være på kan jeg godt lide. Hun er sådan lidt underlig, og hendes tekstunivers er meget inspireret af naturen. Hun er en gennemført fantastisk artist. (Translation)
The South Bend Tribune features a local library media specialist and teacher of the year who lists Jane Eyre among her favourite books.


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