Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Yorkshire Post interviews Jane Sellars, curator of the upcoming exhibition  Art and Yorkshire: From Turner to Hockney at the Mercer Gallery in Harrogate:
“This kind of exhibition takes a long time to plan,” she says. “We have a policy here that we can manage one big blockbuster exhibition every three years – the last one was the Atkinson Grimshaw one in 2011 – and then everyone says what are you going to do next and we have to start thinking of another big idea for the future.” (...)
“But I think I have ended up with a really diverse collection. It definitely does have a touch of me in it. For example, there is one section called ‘Brontë Country’ and that includes pieces ranging from drawings by the Brontës themselves to a whole series of prints by Paula Rego inspired by Jane Eyre.” Also included in this section is work from poet and artist Adrian Henri who died in 2000. “He was writer in residence at the Brontë Parsonage Museum when I was there in the early 1990s,” says Sellars. “He did some wonderful work writing poetry with groups of young people but he also sketched the graveyard in Haworth which then became a painting. In that section too, there is a wonderful David Hockney – one of his photo-collages. It is privately owned and it is set in Brontë country.” (Yvette Huddleston)
Keighley News announces the new edition of the Go Local initiative:
Brontë Country Tourism Partnership members discussed the 2014 Go Local Sunday initiative at their latest meeting.
The initiative be staged on April 27, offering free entry to Keighley and Worth Valley visitor destinations to locals.
The 'adventurer' David Kim Hempleman-Adams reveals in The Telegraph he is a big fan of Kate Bush:
“On every trip, there’s always one song that sticks with you. During that climb in 1993 – with no one else on the mountain, unlike today, and with just a cassette player, rather than an iPod – I remember shivering my **** off listening to Kate Bush.”
Thoughts of the Wuthering Heights singer kept him warm: “She was a very hot lady,” he sighs, “But I expect we’ve both got a bit portlier.”
Not the only fan today. Maggie Alderson in The Sydney Morning Herald is amazed by Mia Moretti's versatility: DJ, fashion designer and musician:
I've been checking out Ms Moretti's playlists and the first one I earscoped had Kate Bush singing Wuthering Heights and a track by Stevie Wonder, so she's welcome to swing by my house with her platters any time.
The Daily Telegraph (Australia) is more concerned with Kate Bush herself:
When Kate Bush announced she was to tour again after 35 years, the tickets to her 22 London dates sold out in 15 minutes.
Now I like a bit of Wuthering Heights as much as the rest of us but surely there’s only so much of “It’s meee-oh Cathee-oh come home” one can take. (Kerry Parnell)
Also in the same newspaper an article following the literary footsteps of George Orwell:
The BBC-Ministry of Truth canteen is one of those literary settings that remain unforgettable, like Miss Havisham's House in Great Expectations (it's in Rochester in Kent) and the moor where Cathy and Heathcliff meet in Wuthering Heights (around Haworth in Yorkshire). (Dennis Glover)
Hindustan Times interviews the author Ruskin Bond:
Who is your favourite author?
I enjoy reading classics. In fact, I recently re-read Wuthering Heights. I like Charles Dickens. Somerset Maugham, PG Wodehouse, Anton Chekov, Ernest Bates, Graham Greene. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome is something I still like re-reading. So I guess there are many. (Prachi Raturi Mishra)
Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden) interviews Claire Messud about her latest novel The Woman Upstairs:
Vi har hört vrålet många gånger, från ”den galna kvinnan på vinden” som hon kallas i litteraturvetenskapen efter Mrs Rochester på vinden i Charlotte Brontës ”Jane Eyre”. (Lina Kalmteg) (Translation)
punctualsally reviews the Rosemary Branch Theatre production of Jane Eyre;  free my mind artpop posts a litography inspired by Wuthering Heights 2011; BreakPoint reviews Wuthering Heights 1939; Kippi Rae Stories looks into Wuthering Heights and nature; LaidyEiry reviews (in Italian) La Madre di Jane Eyre by Maddalena De Leo; Leituras Brontëanas (in Portuguese) publishes some illustrations by Luiz Carlos C. Pereira  of an upcoming Brazilian edition of Villette.

And we cannot resist highlighting this YouTube video:
bronte chose to impersonate charlotte bronte for her 4th grade 'living biography' project - such interesting research and super fun making the costume from things found lying around the house...eg. 5 x old tutus sewn together for the underskirt...

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