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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Church leaders fear the writing is on the wall for traditional church magazines after one of the oldest in the country closes after more than 100 years.Now onto a very different subject, as the Times of India discusses authors and their pseudonyms:
For more than 150 years, England's parish rags were first port of call for anyone wanting the latest gossip or date of the next WI meeting.
But now they are falling victim to the digital age and one of the oldest, the parish magazine at the Brontës former home of Haworth, West Yorkshire, flourished in the aftermath of the sisters' literary legacy, is to close. [...]
Only 200 copies of each edition of the Haworth magazine were printed – and half were usually thrown away.
Haworth vicar Rev Peter Mayo-Smith said: "It is costing us a lot of money and like all organisations we have to make hard decisions about spending."
No one really knew how old the magazine was and its roots could extend back to the Brontes, he said, adding: "We have to take into account the Bronte connection.
Art imitates life, they say. Literature, therefore, reflects gender disparity and discrimination prevalent in a society. Author and poet Suniti Namjoshi said that the "fissures" have been evident from the time of the Romantic era in the 1800s.The Star (Malaysia) looks at 'popular young adult authors', such as Stephenie Meyer.
"The Brontë sisters, despite their brilliant literary work, had to use male pseudonyms to submit their manuscripts. Among recent writers, J K Rowling had to ensure her name sounded 'asexual' after her publishers told her it wouldn't be popular among boys if the author was a woman. So yes, gender prejudice is a traditional orthodoxy and continues even in contemporary literature," said Namjoshi.
Meyer claimed that the vampire love story was inspired by a famous forbidden love of another generation, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.An article on an anthology of Toronto, The Stories That Are Great Within Us, has The Star (Canada) quote Eudora Welty:
Stories are always bound up in “the local, the real, the present, the ordinary day-to-day of human experience,” Welty wrote. Tales are born where we live, and usually told, one way or another, about how we do it.Reading Rainbow posts about Jane Eyre. Bizarre Victoria lists several bad (or not so) Jane Eyre book covers.
“The internal reason for that is surely that feelings are are bound up in place,” Welty said. “The human mind is a mass of associations — associations more poetic than the actual. I say, the Yorkshire Moors, and you will say, Wuthering Heights . . .
“Location is the crossroads of circumstance, the proving ground of ‘What happened? Who’s here? Who’s coming?’ — and that is the heart’s field.” (Jim Coyle)