Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 8:19 am by Cristina in , , ,    1 comment
The Telegraph and Argus reports that the organisers of a local bike ride have named the routes after Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
People are being urged to turn to pedal power to boost Manorlands’ coffers.
Organisers of the Oxenhope hospice’s annual Brontë Mountain Bike Challenge are seeking entrants.
Last year around 250 people took part, together raising about £12,000. But so far, fewer than 100 have registered for this year’s event, on September 22. [...]
The challenge caters for cyclists of all abilities by offering a choice of three routes.
All are signposted and there will be refreshment points.
Charlotte is a 26-mile, extreme course which includes moorland terrain and the notorious “stairs”. Riders head to Worsthorne and return via a new section of the Pennine Bridleway.
Emily provides an intermediate, 21-mile route over the moors to Widdop and Wycoller, returning via Stanbury.
And for beginners and families there is a guided route, Anne, which covers 11 miles, mostly on minor roads. It takes place in Haworth, Cullingworth and Harecroft. Younger children are welcome to take part but under-11s must be accompanied by an adult. [...]
Entry for the Charlotte and Emily routes is £25.
For Anne the cost is £12 for individuals, or £25 for groups of up to five people. (Alistair Shand)
If the Charlotte and Emily routes were swapped, we do think that the rides would suit the sisters' personalities to a T.

The Hindu includes Elizabeth Gaskell on a list of famous authors who were also orphans and had a hard time (not the Brontës apparently, though).
The biography – The Life of Charlotte Brontë – played a significant role in the literary career of British author Elizabeth Gaskell. Gaskell was born in 1810 at Chelsea. Her mother died when she was very young and her father, William Stevenson, sent her away to live with her aunt in Knutsford. Since then, she hardly met her father, who had remarried.
Metro (Canada) shares a teacher's novel way of teaching Wuthering Heights:
One thing I had them do instead of just write an essay about novels like Wuthering Heights or The Lovely Bones was to create a Facebook page for one of the characters in the novel,” said [Sabrina] Cicconi, 25.
“This showed me their understanding of the book even better than an essay because they’d have to show what language the character might use on a Facebook page, and who they’d date, and what pictures they might post.”
She had students write summaries in the form of a Tweet or text balloon from an iPhone.
“Literacy is changing and students shouldn’t necessarily be marked on how they work with pen and paper,” said Cicconi. “Twitter and text-messaging are really just new forms of publishing a summary.”
A love story featured on Yahoo! Shine Canada also features the novel in the schoolroom:
When I returned to school, the conversations got longer and deeper and graduated to the phone. We spent hours talking sports, politics and books (he claimed to like fiction, and I was wooed by the fact that he'd read Wuthering Heights - I eventually learned that he'd read it for school, hated it and would rather read biographies). (Katie Dupuis)
The University of the Minnesota interviews a student whose actual favourite novel is Wuthering Heights.

The Edinburgh auction of a letter by Charlotte Brontë takes place later today. The Edinburgh Reporter carries the story. The Jane Austen Project is rereading Wuthering Heights, Books in the Spotlight reviews April Lindner's modern retelling of the story, Catherine, and  November's Autumn is beginning to read Emily Brontë's poetry. And speaking of Brontë poetry, the Brontë Parsonage Facebook Page features the first edition of Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell in the From the Treasure Trove section. The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page also shares this week's schedule for Ten Minute Talks.

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