Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014 10:22 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
Keighley News reports on the Easter activities at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Youngsters – and parents – had an eggs-traordinary time at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.
They served-up some cracking creations during an egg-themed workshop, led by community artist and former Parsonage employee Rachel Lee.
Visitors had the chance to decorate hard-boiled eggs using a range of materials.
“It was buzzing – there were lots of children there,” said Susan Newby, the museum’s education officer.
“We had all sorts of fantastic designs, from angry birds to Daleks!”
The session was among a host of Easter holiday activities staged by the museum, including talks, a churchyard challenge and a chance to view some of Charlotte Brontë’s possessions.
Events continue today with an opportunity for people to write their own stories or poems and create illustrations.
Keighley News also comments on the recent Charlotte Brontë doodle created by Google. And still locally and continuing with the controversy about the guide that didn't mention the Bradford attractions at all, The Telegraph and Argus highlights all the good things that Bradford has to offer.

Now here's an interesting tidbit gleaned from a review of the play In the Garden from the Chicago Sun-Times.
[Sara] Gmitter — who spent 15 years working behind the scenes at Lookingglass as a stage manager, teaching artist and director of the company’s young ensemble — makes her mainstage debut with “In the Garden.” (She is currently adapting Charlotte Bronte’s final novel, “Villette,” for Lookingglass.) (Mary Houlihan)
A funny anecdote told by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to the New York Times:
Are you a book keeper or discarder?
Obviously a keeper. I recently gave my son my high school copy of “Wuthering Heights” for his English class, forgetting that a friend had drawn a penis on the cover. It was a bonding experience. He loved it — the book, I mean.  
And another mention of quite another edition of Wuthering Heights in the New York Times as well:
A friend bought Ms. Fairstein a first edition leatherbound copy of “Wuthering Heights” to celebrate the completion of her novel “Death Angel.(Joanne Kaufman)
Flavorwire reviews the forthcoming compilation of Muriel Spark's essays, The Informed Air.
 In the earlier essay, she describes her movement from writing about 19th-century novelists like the Brontës and Mary Shelly to writing her first novel, the result of convalescence, a publisher’s suggestion, and her entry into the Roman Catholic Church, a decision that changed her view of life. (Elisabeth Donnelly)
The Boston Globe features Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey:
The modern update means that Cat has read Jean Rhys’s “Wide Sargasso Sea” as well as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” and her fascination with horror, fantasy, and the supernatural in fiction is naturally fed by contemporary YA tomes of “Harry Potter,’’ “The Hunger Games,’’ and, above all, the vampire-infested “Twilight’’ series. (Daneet Steffens)

The Daily Mail reviews briefly the screen adaptation tie-in edition of Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn:
‘If you ask me any questions I’ll break every bone in your body,’ he roars, twisting Mary’s arm up her back. Oo-er! It’s like Wuthering Heights on steroids. (Val Hennessy)
The Journal Sentinel describes Colin Firth in The Railway Man as follows:
Soon, he sheds his shaggy mustache and becomes Colin Firth, staring at the waves like Heathcliff on the moors. (Duane Dudek)
Act I reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. O Prazer das Coisas writes briefly in Portuguese about Charlotte Brontë's The Secret. It's Jane Eyre 2006's turn on Effusions of Wit and Humour. Interesting Literature lists five fascinating facts about the Brontë sisters.


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