Thursday, January 22, 2015

And so Valentine's Day season begins. Bustle wonders 'What These 12 Famous Historical Couples Would Be Wearing On Valentine's Day'.
10. CATHERINE AND HEATHCLIFF
For this gothic-romantic couple, Valentine’s Day would be spent by taking a lovely romp and chase through the Yorkshire moors where they spent most of their time growing up as children. Both would be dressed for the wuthering weather in wool peacoats. Cathy would wear a more feminine peacoat in a baby blue, a-lined and double breasted style, her hair loose and blowing wildly in the wind. Heathcliff would be dressed in a dark charcoal peacoat, his dark, long hair tied roughly back in a man-bun. (Courtney Mina)
That's not how we'd picture them but then again we don't see the as the Valentine's Day-celebrating kind of couple.

The Irish Times interviews writer Alison Weir:
Who is your favourite fictional character? Mr Rochester in Jane Eyre. (Martin Doyle)
The Conversation enlightens us on what ekphrasis is.
There is, too, the set of practices we might call literary ekphrasis: a process through which writers collaborate with pre-existing texts, often written by authors who have passed away. American poet Anne Carson’s Nox (2010) is, in this sense, a collaboration between Anne Carson, Catullus, and Carson’s brother, Michael.
A more familiar ekphrastic collaboration is Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (a literary collaboration/conversation with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre). (Dallas J Baker, Jen Webb and Nike Sulway)
The Telegraph looks at what's coming at the The National Theatre: Sally Cookson's acclaimed two-part Jane Eyre adaptation will be performed in September (the play will return to Bristol in January 2016):
The theatre will also stage Shakespeare’s As You Like It, an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and Farquhar’s The Beaux’s Stratagem. (Hannah Furness)
While on the other side of the pond, Asbury Park Press reports that,
Point Pleasant native John Kurzynowski will be directing Theater Reconstruction Ensemble's off-Broadway play "You on the Moors Now" by Jaclyn Backhaus.
This 90-minute, world-premiere production — an examination of four well-known literary heroines of the 19th century and their shocking rejection of the men who so ardently loved them — runs Feb. 13 to 28 at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. in New York City.
Gleaned from the pages of "Pride and Prejudice," "Jane Eyre," "Wuthering Heights" and "Little Women," "You on the Moors Now" takes everything you've ever learned about love "and puts it somewhere in the tall grasses, hidden from view, where only the truly brave will ever traverse to earn it," according to a news release. (Bill Canacci)
It looks as if last year's Tour de France's Grand Départ left Yorkshire wanting more. And so this year we will have a Tour de Yorkshire! Also from The Telegraph:
Organisers have announced details of the inaugural three-day Tour de Yorkshire event at the start of May. [...]
Stage 3, Sunday May 3: Wakefield - Leeds, 167 km
A return to some of the roads used during last summer’s Tour. Starting in Wakefield, riders will travel south to Barnsley before heading to Holmfirth where they pick up the Grand Départ route, albeit in reverse. Cragg Vale, for instance, becomes the “longest continuous descent in England” rather than the “longest continuous ascent” it was billed as last year. Haworth, home of the Brontës, is ridden in the same direction as it was last summer, meaning there is another opportunity for snappers to get the iconic shot of the peloton ascending its cobbled streets. The finish is in Roundhay Park in Leeds. (Tom Cary)
Just a few days ago we saw a picture of a sunny Brontë Parsonage. Well, today it's all covered in snow, as you can see on the Brontë Parsonage Facebook Page. Athlete at Heart has read Jane Eyre.

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