Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sunday, November 02, 2014 1:52 pm by M. in , , , ,    No comments
Sheila Hancock talks about her first novel Miss Carter's War in The Telegraph:
The plot thickened to include themes of education, the French Resistance, and the shift in attitudes towards homosexuality. She researched hard and was given an editor as a sounding board. “There were endless rewrites, because I was coming at it new,” she says, and she almost gave up after presenting a documentary about the Brontë sisters.
“Bloomsbury had given me an advance, so I phoned them up and said, 'I’m writing a cheque, I’m sending the advance back. I can’t do this – I just can’t. Because I’ve read these great books by the Brontës and I can only be mediocre. I don’t like being mediocre.’ It took me about three months to get over that.” (Matthew Stadlen)
Many UK news outlets feature the Strictly Come Dancing Halloween special and, in particular, Alison Hammond's (and pro-partner Aljaž Skorjanec) take on Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights:
The TV presenter – taking on the role of Wuthering Heights’ heroine Cathy – did indeed descend on to the dancefloor while sitting on a giant swing.
As if that wasn’t enough for Craig Revel Horwood to describe her arrival as ‘one of the campest entrances I’ve ever seen in my life’, Alison proceeded to deliver an American Smooth with partner Aljaz Skorjanec to the Kate Bush classic, which was big on wafting and grand gestures. (Caroline Westbrook in Metro)

Second to take the dance floor was TV presenter Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec, who left the audience mesmerised with their American Smooth to Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.
The 39-year-old star looked gorgeous in a white loose-fit chiffon gown as she took on the role of Cathy in Wuthering Heights, while Aljaz played Heathcliff.
Bruno described the couple as ’a match made in heaven’ but told them that their footwork needed to improve.
Darcey said: ‘I have to say it was fabulous to see you enjoy the American Smooth, I loved the theatricality of it. For me the wafting was beautiful. ‘ (Sharnaz Shahid in Daily Mail)
Los Angeles Times quotes Anne Rice, who is presenting her new book Prince Lestat, saying:
Rice, of course, has thought a great deal about the erotic element of her vampire myth. “The vampire is hyper-romantic, a Byronic hero – a larger-than-life, extremely strong, mysterious, tragic personality,” she says. “It’s Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre over and over again. … Basically the vampire is untamed mystery, and that’s what men seem to women. It’s a deep, deep metaphor for sexual difference. Every man’s a vampire to us, in a way.” (Carolyn Kellogg)
The Derby Telegraph talks about a journalist and fan of Terry Pratchett:
"I was allowed to bring in some books from home and from the library," she said. "I loved Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and the usual children's books but then one day one of my teachers lent me his copy of Jane Eyre and I just fell in love with it. It became one of my favourite books and still is today. (Jane McFarlane)
The Exeter Express & Echo reviews the second play of the Butterfly Psyche Theatre & Live Wire Theatre Brontë Season, Wuthering Heights:
Friday night’s performance of Wuthering Heights saw the intensity cranked up a notch at Exeter’s Barnfield Theatre – with an unearthly feel that seemed only fitting for this blustery Halloween night. (...)
The stage was starkly minimal, giving Campbell and Fowlds the freedom to make us imagine almost anything in the space – and the Yorkshire moors seemed chillingly real in the Barnfield last night.
Campbell’s versatility once again made for flawless transitions between characters – but the addition of Fowlds gave the piece an intensity even the most accomplished solo performance couldn’t have achieved. The power in Cathy and Heathcliff’s last embrace - holding fast onto one another while condemning each other, twisting love and hate together in a desperate grip - was quite simply staggering.
Fowlds’ Heathcliff was terrifying – as his frantic gazes scoured the audience, I could really believe these were the eyes of a crazed man. Given the small setting and close proximity, his tormented cries seemed almost too powerful at times - but then again, maybe it was only right for us to feel intimidated. It was Halloween, after all.
Wuthering Heights proved a darker and more harrowing experience than the first Brontë Season performance, with Saturday's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall set to bring the season to a shocking finale. (Hannah Butler)
Beguiling Hollywood posts a couple of rainy pictures in Wuthering Heights 1939.


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