Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:57 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
The Telegraph and Argus reports that a directory of places to visit in the North has left out places like the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
The National Media Museum, stunning Saltaire and the Brontë Parsonage –they’re all attractions which draw thousands of visitors to the district, but it seems none are worthy of mention in a directory of places to visit in the North.
Miffed tourism staff at Bradford Council have now written to thomson local to find out why the city has been snubbed on its ‘Places to Visit’ page for the North of England. [...]
“There is not one item in it which is actually in Bradford, in spite of us having the National Media Museum right in the middle of the city centre. Instead it has attractions called Pot House Hamlet and Hall Hill Farm – probably very nice but not a patch on the NMM, Brontë Parsonage or Salts Mil.” [...]
No-one from thomsonlocal was able to provide a comment. (Julie Tickner)
Impact has compiled a list of '5 romantic literary quotes' which includes one from Wuthering Heights.
3. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Wuthering Heights; Emily Brontë
One cannot beat the beautiful and graceful employment of words Brontë was capable of. When I read this quote personally, I feel rather relaxed and tranquil which allows the potency of the love to radiate through, as if the very words were mingling with our breathing before it strikes home, into the very centre of our hearts, which ends with a sigh of desire for the very same result to occur to our own souls. (Radhika Chond)
And another list: this one compiled by Female First and showing their top 5 Mia Wasikowska films.
- Jane Eyre (2011)
Jane Eyre has been told many times on the big and small screen, and yet Cary Fukunaga's version is one of the best adaptations of the much-loved Charlotte Brontë novel.
At the time, Wasikowska was still a relative newcomer on the global film stage, and yet her Jane Eyre has such elegance and poise - it really was a terrific performance from her in the central role.
Michael Fassbender takes on the role of Rochester, and together the pair sizzles. There is a real spark of chemistry between them, which makes this fascinating literary relationship really work.
Jane Eyre may be a well told tale, but Fukunaga, Wasikowska and Fassbender make this story seem new and full of life. It really was a terrific interpretation of a great book. (Helen Earnshaw)
The Telegraph has an article on the importance of teaching Shakespeare properly and reminds us of the fact that,
Innogen and Beatrice are as real as Jane Eyre or Eliza Bennett, and while an author reveals their characters’ mind through all manner of prosaic tools, in the hands of a playwright one can only divine character from the things they say, that are said about them, or, indeed, the things that are left unsaid. (Ben Crystal)
Coincidentally, the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page has a few pictures of their own tribute to Shakespeare yesterday.

Still on the topic of education, The Stoke Sentinel reports that,
Teenagers have been set the ultimate literary challenge – to read more than 60 books from a list before they are 20.
Staff at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College compiled the list so they could help expand students' general knowledge and get them to indulge in a passion for reading.
But their initial plan to pick 20 books soon grew into a much more ambitious project.
Now students can choose from 61 different titles, ranging from children's classics and coming of age novels through to great works by Charles Dickens, DH Lawrence and JRR Tolkien. [...]
Popular choices included The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights and Nineteen Eighty Four. (Kathie McInnes)
And the Llanelli Star features the Stepney Women's Institute:
President Carol Jones said: "This group has gone from strength to strength, learning on their journey with floral art and jewellery demonstrations, talks on the Brontë sisters and the history of hats, with a large collection on display and to try on.
"All out members are of different ages and have various career backgrounds, living within the Llanelli area."
This columnist from Alabama discusses naming your child after literary characters:
What would you name your child if you didn’t care what anyone else thought, and if you knew the potential ramifications of a crazy name wouldn’t affect the child?
Under these circumstances, if I had a girl I might name her something a bit sappy, like Jane Eyre Vollers. Go ahead and roll your eyes. In this alternate universe, I don’t care what you think. (Anna Claire Vollers)
Alyssa the Bookworm posts about Wuthering Heights. Endless Books reviews Margot Livesey's The Flight of Gemma Hardy. Effusions of Wit and Humour now discusses Jane Eyre 1997. BuzzFeed gives 21 Reasons Why Jane Eyre is The Most Revolutionary Literary Heroine Of All Time. Fictionminded has a new Jane Eyre 2011 gif.


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