Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:56 am by Cristina in , , , , , , , ,    No comments
This season's activities put Haworth 'in prime location to welcome a new surge in tourism' in the opinion of The Telegraph and Argus.
With breathtaking scenery and quaint cobbled streets, who wouldn’t be wooed into a visit to Haworth, for long stay or just a stroll?
Haworth was one of many places throughout Yorkshire beamed around the world as the Tour de France Grand Départ peloton weaved its way around the county in glorious sunshine, illuminating the village’s dramatic moors and rambling landscape.
Already a popular magnet for tourists from around the globe, Haworth is an appealing destination. It is, of course, world famous as the home of the Brontës - the moorland, bleak and brooding, inspired the Brontë siblings to put pen to paper and produce their classic novels. For those eager to find out more about the family, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is the place to visit. The museum, maintained by the Brontë Society, sets the scene for the siblings’ domestic life and provides a range of information and artefacts.
With its cobbles and quaint old shops, this village is brimming with character. Along the cobbled Main Street, where a global audience was treated to the spectacular scene of the Tour de France peloton making its way through the village, a mix of retailers are plying their independent trades.
Boutiques selling beautiful clothes dwell among places offering lifestyle inspiration. Cafes and restaurants whet your appetite with tasty things to eat and there are places to turn your hand to pottery painting too.
In Haworth you are more likely to find unusual gifts you wouldn’t necessarily find on an urban high street - a draw for any discerning shopper.
According to Sarah Howsen, senior tourism development officer for Bradford Council, the village has seen a surge in new businesses showcasing more niche products from artwork to hand made chocolates. That, along with the many calendar occasions which take place here are proving to be a real draw for tourists and visitors alike.
It is such a quaint traditional place,” says Sarah. “In the last 12 or 18 months we have seen a real surge in new businesses, some really unique high end businesses are coming back in. You get the experience of Main Street and all the literary heritage as well.”
Steam enthusiasts bound for Haworth can be transported back in time along the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage railway, giving passengers a stunning view of Brontë country during their travels. From October 10 to 12 the railway hosts its popular Autumn Steam gala and real ale lovers can look forward to the Beer and Music Festival from October 23 to 26. [...]
From October 25 to December 20 the Haworth craft fairs will be pitching up at the Brontë Schoolroom, offering unusual gift inspiration in time for Christmas.
Following on from last year’s success of Haworth’s inaugural Steampunk Weekend, the event, combining science fiction with Victoriana, returns from November 21 - 23.
November is also the month when festivities really begin in Haworth. The traditional ‘Scroggling of the Holly’, with parades and entertainment, runs from November 29 - 30. The Victorian Christmas, running on December 6 and 7, sees traders sporting period costume and the torchlight procession on December 13 and 14 weaves its way down the Main Street, an atmospheric event, complete with carol singers, that promotes Haworth as the place to visit during the festive period. (Sally Clifford)
Stage and Cinema reviews Lifeline Theatre's take on Jane Eyre:
Director Dorothy Milne shows her impressive ability to build mood by combining William Boles’ set, Danny Osborn’s lighting and Christopher Kriz’ music to turn the noble estate where Eyre works as a governess into a true haunted house. The home is seemingly built from the skeletal white branches of birch trees and segmented into cell-like panels that provide glimpses of the secret workings within. John Henry Roberts’ Mr. Rochester serves as the perfect master of the house—his haughty and mischievous bearing gives way to moments of deep horror and vulnerability. His nuanced performance is sorely missed when he largely disappears during the play’s second act. [...]
Unfortunately Bhatt herself isn’t quite sympathetic enough as Eyre. She’s perfect at tight-lipped emotional constraint: Her finest moment occurs when she discovers her love interest is engaged, and sentences herself to draw her own flawed portrait as a reminder of her unworthiness. But Brontë’s tale is one of emotional release and redemption; even when Bhatt tells us she’s happy, fulfilled, and free, she doesn’t quite manifest those emotions with the passion the character deserves.
Nonetheless, with a violent madwoman, a creepy dead girl, and some grotesque makeup, Jane Eyre has a lot of the trappings of a modern haunted house, proving that the darkest fears are the ones you carry with you. (Samantha Nelson)
Time Out Chicago adds:
If Lifeline’s great strength is in its staging, its occasional weakness is being too committed to the text. Aside from the ghosts of childhood past, Jane Eyre settles into a straightforward translation of the book. While parts are cut, what remains is not altered significantly. It leads to idiosyncrasies, like the origin of Rochester’s ward (played by the wonderfully bubbly Ada Grey) being unexplained; eventually she disappears from the play entirely. Other plotlines are rushed to include everything.
When Lifeline’s particular vision for the classic is emphasized, Jane Eyre becomes a proper literary experience: All the complexities of Jane’s life and the atmosphere of the novel are translated into sights, sounds, and emotions in front of us.  (Kevin Thomas)
Another review can be red on The Fourth Walsh.

The Guardian Books Blog includes Henri-Alban Fournier in
the ranks of the novel’s one-hit-wonders, together with authors such as Emily Brontë, Harper Lee and JD Salinger. (John Dugdale)
While The Herald looks at the history of Chekhov's Three Sisters and reminds us of the fact that,
In 2011, Blake Morrison wrote a version of the play for the Northern Broadsides company which brought out the parallels with the Brontës.
Librópatas (Spain) lists the books mentioned in Friends:
- Cumbres borrascosas, de Emily Brontë, y Jane Eyre, de Charlotte Brontë
¡Otro episodio literario! Phoebe se apunta a clases de literatura en la universidad y Rachel decide copiarla. Y todos intuimos desde el minuto uno que no va a salir bien. Leen a las hermanas Brontë. (Raquel C. Pico) (Translation)
An interesting way of talking about the weather in the New Zealand Herald:
Thank goodness it was a beautiful day - what could they have done if the weather was bad enough for a Wuthering Heights imbued vision of Haitian economic sorcery. (Anna Wallis)
The Huddersfield Examiner has an alert for today, September 23:
Enjoy a bit of Brontë at the LBT - Lose yourself in Charlotte Brontë's much-loved novel Jane Eyre at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. The Huddersfield venue is showing the film version released in 2011, starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell. The film starts at 7.30pm - book tickets here. (Samantha Robinson)
The Sofia Globe mourns the death of leading Bulgarian translator of English Zheni Bozhilova
Zheni Bozhilova, translator of more than 60 novels and several collections of short stories from English into Bulgarian, has died on September 21 2014 at the age of 86.
Among the works that Bozhilova translated into Bulgarian were Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, Robert Graves’ I, Claudius and The Divine Claudius, Virginia Woolf’s essay collection Death of a Moth and Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine and Death is a Lonely Business.
Thoughts about Books posts about Wide Sargasso Sea. Daring Damsels compares different Wuthering Heights cover (but they seem not to know who Humphrey Bogart is - from the cover of the Pulp! The Classics edition); Artes y Cosas (in Spanish) posts about Wuthering Heights. Bookriot reviews Jane Eyre.

A Night's Dream of Books and The Frugal Chariot participate in the Babbling Books Jane Eyre read-along.


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