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A BBC film about Anne Brontë will be shown on TV tonight as part of the popular One Show.And The Telegraph and Argus has great news for Anne Brontë as well:
A crew from the flagship news magazine show led by presenter Cerys Matthews visited Haworth in April.
Cerys, a roving cultural reporter, dropped into the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a film that Ponden Hall and stayed at The Fleece in Main Street. The main subject of the short film is Anne Brontë and her novel The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall.
The filming came on the same day the Brontë Parsonage Museum launched a major Brontë celebration.
Museum spokesman Rebecca Yorke said: “It was a lovely coincidence for us that it was Charlotte Brontë’s 199th birthday - it added to the 'buzz' of the day.”
Cerys Matthews is a musician, author and broadcaster, who writes a column for the Guardian newspaper and presents an award-winning radio show on BBC6 every Sunday. [...]
The museum this afternoon tweeted that the One Show film would be screened tonight at 7pm. (David Knights)
Brontë expert Ann Dinsdale is putting the spotlight on the least-famous Brontë sister Anne.Smoky Mountain News features Haworth.
Ann, who works at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, has written and presented a new DVD entitled Anne Brontë: The Final Journey.
The film, created with Haworth man James Hutton, who runs Bay Video Productions, focuses on the last few months of Anne’s life.
The pair filmed in York and Scarborough as well as Haworth as they followed in the footsteps of Charlotte and Emily’s younger sister.
Ann said: “Anne was the youngest member of the Brontë family who is usually seen as having lived her life in the shadow of her sisters.”[...]
Ann Dinsdale is the collections manager for the Brontë Society at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, while James’s mother Joanna Hutton was the museum curator in the 1960s.
James and his sister Sarah, who was also involved in filming the DVD, grew up at the Parsonage.
James started making documentary videos in 2006 when he worked with writer Norman Scoles on A History of Robin Hood's Bay.
James said: “This sold so well that in 2007, we produced A Haworth History Trail which was again released on DVD.[...]
Anne Brontë: The Final Journey will be sold in the shop at the Brontë Parsonage Museum. Visit bayvideoproductions.co.uk to buy any of the Bay Video Productions DVDs. (David Knights)
It’s 4:30 in the morning, Sunday June 18, and I stood a few moments ago on the cobbled street outside the Old White Line Inn. I slept poorly; the gentleman in Room 12 across the hall wakened me with ursine snoring, and “nature’s soft nurse” left the room. Grabbing my computer bag, I headed to the hotel lobby, where only the ticking of the clock in the hall interrupts the stillness.Still locally, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner has selected the '10 top Yorkshire parks for the summer holidays'.
Workmen laid the cobbles on the street I just mentioned in 1755. It is an ancient thoroughfare, and up and down this hill have passed Norman knights, Anglo-Saxon warriors, Viking raiders, Celtic traders, Roman legionaries, and heaven knows who else. Not another human soul is on this street so early this damp morning, and as I linger here, drumming up the ghosts of a Roman soldier or a medieval monk takes little imagination. As a native told me yesterday, Haworth is magical, and after two days here, I am inclined to agree with him.
Haworth (pronounced Ha-worth) sits atop a steep hill here in the Moors. The buildings are made of millstone grit, a workable stone used for construction in nearly all the buildings in the surrounding valleys and hills. The locals even made their rooftops from this stone, with the roof tiles about an inch thick.
Wherever you go in Haworth, you either climb or descend; to make the haul from the railway station a mile away left me in a sweat. By day, the streets of Haworth are lively with tourists, but by six in the evening they belong to the locals, who jam the pubs up and down the street with thumping karaoke music, louder catcalls and oaths, and raucous laughter. Just down the street on this wet morning roosters have begun crowing, and soon the sheep will begin bleating and rummaging about for breakfast. (Jeff Minick) (Read more)
1. Oakwell Hall and Country ParkMore summer plans, regardless of your location. Deborah Lutz's The Brontë Cabinet is recommended as a summer read by Fine Books & Collections magazine:
Tucked away in Birstall, Oakwell Hall is a sprawling country park boasting woodland trails, pretty picnic areas and lots of wide open fields for football, rounders and cricket (all three of which you'll probably see being played in summer).
There's also an adventure playground and two educational visitor centres where youngsters can learn about the different wildlife that live in the park's woodlands and ponds.
The historic hall - popular with Brontë fans, as it was the inspiration for Fieldhead in Charlotte Brontë's Shirley - recreates life in the Elizabethan era, while the nearby barn hosts craft sessions and other fun activities.
An onsite cafe serves hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and ice creams - but there's plenty of space to enjoy a picnic too.
Did you know? Oakwell Hall supposedly has a resident ghost - William Batt, who owned the house in 1684. (Samantha Robinson)
As Paula Byrne did with The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, published in 2013, Lutz shapes her narrative not as a ‘cradle to grave’ biography of the Brontës, but instead targets nine objects that reveal, through facts and extracts from the sisters’ fiction, something meaningful about their lives and passions. For example, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell, all obsessive scribblers and crafters, used whatever paper scraps they had on hand to create tiny manuscript books. Lutz writes, “these children wanted to be bookmakers.” Their little magazines were not only communal play, but creative rehearsal for future novels. Branwell’s walking stick is the focus of a chapter on the Brontës’ “near-daily” engagement with their physical environment, the Yorkshire moors, and Emily’s wild side. An engraved brass dog collar, a seemingly unlikely artifact to mine in a literary biography, provides the fodder for an enlightening chapter on the family’s pets, the “cult of the pet” in Victorian England, and bizarre incidents of dognapping at the time. Desks, sewing “workboxes,” mourning jewelry made with hair--Lutz allows her research to bloom from each object in such an engaging and intelligent way that one hopes this archeological approach to biography, akin to material culture, flourishes. (Rebecca Rego Barry)And Patricia Park's Re Jane is recommended as a beach read by Good Times:
Patricia Park’s charming debut novel, Re Jane, leaps off the pages of perennial classic Jane Eyre into territory all its own. Instead of English moors, we journey from Queens to Brooklyn to Korea and back with a heroine who is spirited, orphaned, and half Korean. With truths to tell about love, identity, and fitting in, Re Jane is the 21st century story of colliding cultures, stumbling blocks, and one young woman who manages to shake off other people’s expectations in pursuit of her best sense of self. (Wendy Mayer-Lochtefeld)The novel is also reviewed (focusing on the Korean topic) on KoreanAm.
creative minds across generations like Tennyson, Keats, Brontë, Dickinson, and Shakespeare all wax rhapsodic about the rejuvenating beauty of summer, and how it’s a special time of year for developing your creativity. (Alan Henry)Oh dear, Jean Rhys must be turning in her grave. According to The Huffington Post,
Like Jean Rhys, author of the classic Jane Eyre spinoff Wide Sargasso Sea, E.L. James has tasked herself with the job of writing an entire novel explaining the vantage point of a misunderstood character: Christian Grey, the wealthy, dominant protagonist of her own Fifty Shades franchise. (Claire Fallon and Maddie Crum)Bustle lists several 'Controlling And Manipulative Relationship Signs' and makes it clear that,
We have centuries of romantic literature and other art — from Wuthering Heights to Twilight — telling us that real relationships are all about obsession; that real love is all-consuming, and that people who are truly in love have no boundaries or separate lives. But while all that obsession may make for an absorbing romance novel plot, in real life, control, manipulation and obsession aren’t signs of true, passionate love — they are signs that your partner is controlling and manipulative. (Gabrielle Moss)Variety reviews the film The Village.
Seemingly incapable of grasping that her progressive values might register as offensive here, Amy bridles at being introduced as Nika’s “wife” — indeed, they’ve come here in hopes of repairing a shaky relationship well short of marital commitment. A photographer, she snaps shots of locals without much thought as to their ease at being snapped, particularly when it comes to dashing, mute “widow’s son” Kopale (Tornike Gogrichiani), a shunned figure who frequently surfaces out of the blue like some moody Caucasus Heathcliff — but his intentions may be more sinister than passionate. (Dennis Harvey)Express and Radio Times both look at house names in the UK.
The Royal Mail analysed its database of all 29.3 million UK addresses and produced a list of the top 50 most popular house names. Downton's Highclere Castle (the place where Downton is shot) was the highest scoring TV residence, with 188 houses sharing the real-life name of the ITV Abbey. [...]La Stampa (Italy) has an article on Branwell Brontë. And Nonfiction (France) thinks that Emily Brontë died after having burned her papers. Readers Lane lists several (very) recent Wuthering Heights retellings. The Vintage Twins have visited Haworth and the Parsonage.
Poldark mania appears to have taken hold in the housing market too, with Ross Poldark’s, Nampara cottage found at 116 addresses across the country.
They're all small fry compared to the rather popular Toad Hall (496) and Thornfield from Jane Eyre (311), but it's a sure sign that TV and film are influencing our daily lives. (Sarah Doran)