Tuesday, August 19, 2014

King Lear and Heathcliff

The Guardian's Children's Books interviews E. Lockhart, the author of We Were Liars:

It is often said that nothing today is original and partly this is true. However, We Were Liars takes advantage of this by combining well-known stories, such as King Lear and Wuthering Heights, and beautifully morphing them into something completely new. Why did you choose to intertwine these stories with your own and how did you think it would impact the reader? (CaraErica)
I started with the King Lear idea because sibling rivalry over money and love is a universal topic I wanted to explore, but I realized We Were Liars was connected to Wuthering Heights rather late in the game. I have read Emily Brontë's novel many, many times, but I didn't see that I had brought it into my own work until I had done several drafts of my story.
The new Brontë Parsonage Museum IOS app is presented in The Telegraph & Argus:
Mobile phone users [not all, only Iphone ones] can now take a tour of Haworth's Brontë Parsonage Museum without setting foot in the building.
Bosses at the parsonage, one-time home to the legendary literary sisters, have introduced their first ever phone app.
The initiative gives people a close-up look at some of the rooms and exhibits within the museum.
And it provides background information about the Brontë family and their former residence.
"The idea for the app follows on from the touch-screen virtual tour kiosks we have upstairs at the museum," said library and collections officer, Sarah Laycock.
"The app highlights some of the important features of the parsonage and selected objects from the collections, such as Patrick Brontë's magnifying glass, as well as providing general details.
"It will mean that people who can't get to the museum for whatever reason will still be able to experience it.
"I'm sure it will be extremely popular." (Alistair Shand)
Business Insider lists inspirational quotes. One of them by Charlotte Brontë:
"I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." —Charlotte Brontë
This quite popular quote comes from a rather poignant letter by Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey (January 15th, 1849).

Oliver Kamm's Notebook section in The Times includes a comment about the upcoming opening of the Norton Conyers attic.
Unwelcome Embassy guests; Jane Eyre; magpies: my Notebook today. 
Writergurnly reviews Libby Sternberg's Sloane Hall;  the Brontë Parsonage Facebook Wall posts a reminder of tomorrow's activities at the Museum:
Get creative this summer holiday and make a wax landscape like the one below, Wednesday 20 August, 11am - 4pm
http://www.bronte.org.uk/whats-on/157/a-spell-in-purple-heath/160

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