Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today marks, of course, the anniversary of the death of Anne Brontë in 1849. Scotsman remembers it among other anniversaries.

The Guardian has an interesting article on Virginia Woolf's long-lasting influence. One of the remarks made is that,
It was a similar story in Katie Mitchell’s 2006 innovative stage adaptation, Waves, which lost the definitive article and introduced the author as an on-stage character. There was much to love in Waves, but having “Virginia” narrating maudlin passages from her diaries as well as from the source novel presented the two as interchangeable. Once again, Woolf was brought back to life only to focus on her death.
This is a rare and curious phenomenon. While novels re-animating dead authors are a staple of modern publishing (this year alone, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, George Eliot and Dorothy Parker have had the treatment), placing the author within adaptations of their fiction is unusual. You don’t see Charles Dickens wandering through television versions of Bleak House. (Holly Williams)
Patricia Park speaks about her novel Re Jane on Radio Alice. PopCrush selects the best songs of the year so far and one of them is Can't Deny My Love by Brandon Flowers which apparently
listens like a recitation of Jane Eyre over the latest voice-modulation software: It’s a classic love story told across a modern synth-pop landscape, and with a beat tailor-made by drummer Darren Beckett, you’d be hard-pressed to lose your page. "You can run to the hillside / And you can close your eyes / But you're not gonna, not gonna deny / No you're not gonna, not gonna deny my love," Flowers pleads as intensity mounts. Who are we to disagree? (Matthew Donnelly)
The Cornish Guardian features Cloudbusting, a Kate Bush tribute band.
Mandy added: "I've always been a fan, ever since I saw Wuthering Heights on television. I used to be in my bedroom with a hairbrush singing along to The Man With The Child In His Eyes. I still can't believe I've got the opportunity to do this." (Lee Trewhela)
Derry Now tells the story of Prehen House:
Wuthering Heights’ fans will feel at home in Prehen House, one of the North West’s most historic buildings, with stories both steeped in romantic tragedy set in windswept hilltop locations.
Strong parallels have been drawn between the legend of Prehen House and Emily Brontë’s classic English novel having similar core themes, the destructive effect of jealousy and vengefulness.
The Telegraph and Argus alerts us to today's activities at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
Brontës for Beginners gives a short introduction to the literary sisters and three of their classic novels – Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
The 2pm talk will take place within Haworth's Parsonage Museum if wet or in the adjoining churchyard if fine.
And at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, there will be storytelling with Christine McMahon.
All activities are free with admission to the museum. (Alistair Shand)

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