Friday, May 01, 2015

Keighley News talks about the upcoming Brontë events at the Bradford Literature Festival (May 15-24):
A Brontë themed weekend will be a highlight of this year’s Bradford Literature Festival.
Boyd Tonkin, former literary editor of The Independent newspaper, will chair Brontë events as well as discussing freedom of speech.
Brontë Society president Bonnie Greer will also take part in the two discussions on May 23 at the Midland Hotel in Bradford.
The first event will explore race and gender in the novels of the Brontës, while the second will look at works that has been inspired by the sisters’ writing. (David Knights)
Also in Keighley News more details about the recent visit of Cerys Matthews to Haworth:
TV presenter Cerys Matthews visited Haworth last week while filming a report for the One Show.
Cerys, a roving cultural reporter for the BBC’s flagship news magazine, dropped into the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
The main subject of the short film will be Anne Brontë and her novel The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall.Museum spokesman Rebecca Yorke said the date of Cerys’s broadcast had not yet been announced.
She said: “Cerys also did some filming at Ponden Hall and she stayed at The Fleece in Main Street.
“It was a lovely coincidence for us that it was Charlotte Brontë’s 199th birthday - it added to the 'buzz' of the day.” (David Knights)
Entertainment Weekly reviews the upcoming novel Re Jane by Patricia Park:
The titular heroine of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre at one point describes herself as “poor, obscure, plain, and little.” In this modern retelling, Jane Re, a honhyol (mixed-race) orphan living in working-class Flushing, Queens, sees herself as those same things. (Except the “little” part—at 5 foot 7, she towers over the Korean-American women around her.) Jane finds an opportunity to jump into a different life when she becomes the au pair to the adopted Chinese child of Beth and Ed, a couple of Brooklyn intellectuals. As a stand-alone coming-of-age novel, Re Jane is snappy and memorable, with its clever narrator and insights on clashing cultures, but the nods to Jane Eyre mostly fall short. This Ed is no Edward Rochester. (Stephan Lee)
Romsey Advertiser reviews the Northern Ballet performances of Wuthering Heights:
Their classic and traditional moves allowed the dancers to depict the accurate time-frame of when the novel was set, but also introduced modern and somewhat more playful techniques to associate more directly with a modern audience. (Lauren Howard)
Laist reviews the Los Angeles performances of Entropy by Bill Robens:
As the only woman on board the Zeus 3, and the first "astronette" sent into space, Phelan's Samantha contends with the casual sexism of her colleagues, but establishes a meaningful bond with the unregenerate cad Scott, played by Williams, when their end seems near. It cracked us up, too, when the lights came up at one point on Samantha reading Wuthering Heights aloud to the surprisingly sensitive Sputnik robo-satellite. Throw all that in with super-slick set changes and you’ve got a very entertaining evening lined up.
Carey Mulligan is interviewed by Variety:
Far From the Madding Crowd” was required reading in many high schools; when did you first read it?
I didn’t read it at my school, but a lot of people I know did. We did “Wuthering Heights” and “Jane Eyre.” (Jenelle Riley)
The Daily Express recalls the (not very good) opinion that Orson Welles had of Joan Fontaine:
He also deeply disliked "mousey" Joan Fontaine, his British-born co-star in the film Jane Eyre. "She's just a plain old bad actor. She's got two expressions and that's it. (Robert Gore-Langton)
Female First lists several book to screen period novel adaptations:
Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books of all time and it has been adapted for big and small screen many times. Jane Eye is Charlotte Brontë's best-known novel and saw her create one of literature's greatest heroines.
In 2011, Jane Eyre was adapted for the big screen again with Cary Fukunaga, Moira Buffini on writing duties, and Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender cast as Jane Eyre, and Edward Rochester.
First and foremost, it was just perfect casting - Wasikowska is closer to the age of Jane in the book and was able to capture the strength, innocence, and vulnerability of this character perfectly. Fassbender is my favourite depiction of Rochester so far - an intense and flawed man who dominates every scene that he is in.
While Jane Eyre is a story that has been told more times than I care to count, there is something bold, fresh and modern about this adaptation. The fast-paced script and the sweeping cinematography breaths new live into this great tale.
Fukunaga has also told this story in a non-linear manner, which not only makes this feel like a new story, but it also allows the director to put his own stamp on Jane Eyre and the characters. It is one of the best adaptations of this terrific novel that I have seen and is a must for all fans of the book. (Helen Earnshaw)
The New York Post has some wedding dress recommendations:
For the “Downton Abbey” leading lady, we suggest Luisa Beccaria’s prim long sleeves, delicate embroidery and “Wuthering Heights” hairdo. Her p.r. director fiancé, John Dineen — who we shall call Heathcliff — should be quite pleased. (Timothy Mitchell)
The Stir discusses the possible name of the new baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge:
Charlotte is definitely a beautiful name -- classy, old-fashioned, and yet has a modern edge. It's also the name of my favorite author, Charlotte Brontë, so you really can't go wrong. (Kiri Blakeley)
Tucson Weekly spend a day in Bisbee, AZ:
 The notorious Miners and Merchants Antique Center, also known as Floyd's store—in honor of the owner of more than 15 years, Floyd Lillard—is a three-story gem you're going to want to tackle. Be warned, it'll take at least a couple of hours to take it all in, but it's worth it. (...)
Lillard has also gathered a pretty decent collection of books—Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Charlotte Brontë, and my personal favorite, Gabriel García Márquez, are among some of the authors. (Maria Ines Taracena)
La Depeche (France) interviews the author Lydie Salvayre:
J'ai d'ailleurs écrit un texte là dessus, qui s'appelle «Sept femmes» (ndlr : Emily Brontë, Marina Tsvetaeva, Virginia Woolf, Colette, Sylvia Plath, Ingeborg Bachmann, Djuna Barnes) où je parle notamment de Virginia Woolf. Emily Brontë, elle, prenait le droit de lire le journal. A son époque, dans les années 1800, lire un journal pour une jeune fille était une grossièreté, quelque chose «d'inconvenant» ! Emily Brontë a écrit un livre très sulfureux, «Les Hauts de Hurlevent» (Dominique Delpiroux) (Translation)
Blogo Donna talks about dogs and women writers:
Emily Brontë (1818-1848), oltre al fido irish terrier Grasper, viveva con un meticcio dal cattivo carattere di nome Keeper. Che la scrittrice abbia preso ispirazione dal suo temperamento per i personaggi di Cime tempestose? (Roberto Russo) (Translation)
The Ilkley Gazette reports that the current Tour de Yorkshire will indeed pass  through Haworth (on May 3). Much Madness is Divinest Sense reviews the annotated Wuthering Heights as edited by Janet Gezari.

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