From Brian Blessed to Nora Batty, Geoffrey Boycott to the Brontë sisters, our fair county has more than its fair share of superstars. (...) But which Yorkshire legend are you? Have you got the gruff Northern attitude of Sean Bean? Or the grace of Dame Judi Dench?And don't miss this tweet by @Brontë Parsonage.
Take our quiz to find out! (Samantha Robinson)
Greg Mulholland MP writes on Liberal Democrat Voice:
The beautiful hills and moors have been inspiring people for hundreds of years – from the Brontë sisters in the 1800s to more recently providing the backdrop to TV series such as Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Downton Abbey and Last of the Summer Wine.The Guardian presents some of the productions that are part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014:
Literary adaptations at the fringe include an all-male Wuthering Heights that breaks into song (from 10 August), and the Yorkshire moors are also evoked in God’s Own Country, a Fine Mess production with the backing of its original novelist Ross Raisin, who was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award for this mud-spattered tale of obsession. (Chris Wiegand)Authorlink interviews the writer Laura Benedict:
I haven’t had the chance to finish Bliss House yet, but it’s already creeping me out. Have you always had an attraction to the morbid?Crikey's Daily Review addresses a fundamental truth about opera when it says:
BENEDICT: I don’t know about the morbid in general, but I was a huge Stephen King fan as a kid. As a young teenager, I wrote dark poetry and I loved Edgar Allen Poe. That was some of the first spooky literature I ever read. And then I read [Charlotte Brontë’s] Jane Eyre, which was really gothic. I believe Bliss House is really a gothic. (Doreen Akiyo Yomoah)
Kids flocking to laneway dives to see indie-queer theatre collectives’ cross-gender, all male versions of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? or Wuthering Heights 0.2: On Ice might be surprised by the similarities such shows have to some mainstream opera productions.Derbyshire Times reviews the ChapterHouse Theatre production of Wuthering Heights:
Opera, believe it or not, is one of the most adventurous and resilient of art forms which is why it has endured for 400 years and why it is continually re-invented by ground-breaking musicians, designers, performers and directors. (Raymond Gill)
The complex narrative technique and the elusive relationship between the two central characters, Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, make it a difficult work to adapt for the stage. There were losses. One of the most memorable characters, Joseph, the self-righteous, mean-spirited servant, was missing; the characterisation, especially of Edgar and Isabella Linton, edged towards the stereotypical; and the writer, Laura Turner, added some melodramatic touches of her own.The Huddersfield Daily Examiner presents the Oakwell Hall performance in August, 13.
However at its best the dialogue captured the flavour and spirit of the original. (Alan Payne)
El Día de Córdoba (Spain) presents a series of local screenings of films based in novels, Urban Sur:
El 15 de agosto, la conocida Jane Eyre llegará a la gran pantalla de la plaza de Pontevedra. La novela de Charlotte Bontë ha sido convertida en película, serie y obra de teatro, siendo su última adaptación al cine la que se emitirá en este ciclo. (Marga Guillamón Córdoba) (Translation)Thethaovanhoa (Viêt Nam) reports the (in)famous entry registers of the Brontë sisters at Cowan Bridge; Ler (in Portuguese) posts about Wuthering Heights; Imaginary Reads reviews Wuthering Bites and A Cup of Memories posts about its author; Pop Insomniacs reviews the Jane Eyre autobiography webseries; Tentacle Books posts about the original novel;
Finally, the Brontë Parsonage makes a summary of the Sunday events celebrating Emily Brontë's birthday.