Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:19 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    No comments
The Telegraph and Argus reports that the Brontë Parsonage Museum is looking for new recruits:
The parsonage, which underwent major improvements during its closed season, is seeking retail and museum managers.
The retail manager, a post which carries a salary of £18,000 to £20,000, will be responsible for the running of the newly extended gift shop. Two museum manager posts are being advertised for the front-of-house operation. A museum spokesman said: “Our admissions area has been reconfigured, and at the same time the shop was expanded.
“The job descriptions take into account the changes to the visitor experience and the route through the museum.”
Following the work during the winter, visitors can now buy tickets at the desk in the foyer and are no longer exposed to the elements if they have to queue.
Newtown's HamletHub recommendas Michaela MacColl's Always Emily:
The latest novel by Michaela MacColl, "Always Emily," hits bookstores on Tuesday and is her fourth featuring famed women from history and literature as teens. I got a sneak peak thanks to an advance reader copy and, as with each of MacColl's previous novels, thoroughly enjoyed this combination of history, mystery, and adventure.
"Always Emily" finds Emily and Charlotte Brontë searching for the connection among a suspicious death, a string of burglaries, a secret society, and a handsome stranger with a mysterious past.
As always, MacColl deftly weaves together history and mystery, combining a page-turner of a plot with thorough character development and rich sensory details that bring the past vividly to life. What we know historically about the lives of the Brontë family blends seamlessly with imagined experiences that could plausibly explain their novels, a treat for book lovers familiar with the themes in their work. (Sally Allen)
As does Indianapolis Book Examiner on a list of new YA book releases:
Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
In this historical novel, Michaela MacColl reimagines the famous writers Emily and Charlotte Brontë as teenagers who must solve a murder and other mysterious happenings in the moors of England. (Alex Stine)
Female First interviews writer Amanda Owen and asks her about her role in Wuthering Heights 2011:
My husband was approached and handed a business card by a casting agent, his details taken and then Andrea Arnold the director came to the farm to see us about his prospective forthcoming role as Joseph in Wuthering Heights. It was all very exciting, a multiple million pound film being shot in the area and husband and son ( when she spotted Miles playing on his own in the dirt in the yard she suggested that he may be excellent for the part of Hindley) All was going beautifully, Clive needed an equity card, Miles needed a chaperone but when she handed over the filming dates Clive pointed out that he would be unable to fulfil his acting duties on one of the days as it was the Tup (Ram) Sales at Hawes auction Mart. Andrea wasn't that impressed with his lack of commitment and neither was I to be honest. I didn't talk to him for a whole day. It was only when he took his tup to the sale and won with it (a once in a lifetime achievement) and sold it for a great deal of money that I forgave him. (Lucy Walton)
Irish Central has a profile of County Down in Ireland.
Famous People with Down roots: The Brontë family, Charles de Gaulle (ancestor was a McCartan from County Down), golfer Rory McIlroy, James McCartan, John Butler Yeats, Otto Jaffe [...]
Key attractions: [...]
Down is also home to an area called the Brontë Homeland, where Patrick Brontë (originally Brunty), father of Anne, Charlotte, Emily, and Branwell Brontë, was born and raised.
The Guardian interviews dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui:
Wuthering Heights was the first Kate Bush song I ever heard. It was the early 1990s and I was 14, watching her on Dutch TV. I was mesmerised by how she moved – these strange, hypnotic gestures, like she was performing some kind of ritual. And of course there was her voice: perfectly in tune, this incredible sound, hugely expressive. I was hooked. I bought as many of her albums as I could. (Andrew Dickson)
The Dragon's Cache imagines Red Agnes, Adventuring Governess with a Sword! based on Agnes Grey. Stylist lists Wuthering Heights among the 100 best closing lines in literature. ME says loves Jane Eyre 2011.


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