Review - Villette at the West Yorkshire Playhouse - *Review by Richard Wilcocks* Charlotte Brontë’s *Villette*, which was recognised by knowledgeable readers in nineteenth century Brussels as a close parallel...
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Late June at the Parsonage saw the installation, preview and opening of The Silent Wild, the latest addition to our successful Contemporary Arts programme.The Haworth Parish Church has to postpone the building work closure as we read in Keighley News:
Yorkshire-based artist and curator Diane Howse has collaborated with a team of creatives to produce a unique and thought-provoking artistic response to lives and legacies of the Brontë family, and we’re thrilled that it’s now in place.
The exhibition examines how the silent processes of reading and writing – conjuring the silent shapes of the written word on a page – have the power to conjure whole worlds of sound, noise and commotion, which echo down the years. (Read more) (David Knights)
Haworth Parish Church this week announced its three-month closure – originally intended to take place from this summer onwards – will not happen until next spring.Marie Claire lists 'kick ass' heroines, including Jane Eyre:
It had been hoped all the arrangements to complete the repair and refurbishment of the north-facing roofs would be in place in time for the church to be closed from this month until September.
However, custodians of the Main Street building confirmed a number of factors have led to the programme needing to be put back until next year.
Following a series of discussions with funding agencies, contractors and the church’s architects, Haworth Parochial Church Council has taken the decision to instead complete the rebuilding works from April to June 2016.
The Rev Peter Mayo-Smith, rector at Haworth Parish Church, said: “It has been unfortunate we couldn’t undertake the repair work this year.
"In the end, it was not going to be practically possible to complete the work before the worst of the winter weather arrived. (Miran Rahman)
At first glance you might not think of mousy Miss Eyre as a ‘kick ass’ heroine, but look again. This fiercely independent young woman stands her corner, values herself and ultimately, gets her man, but only when she knows that she is his financial, intellectual, and emotional equal. What makes me love Charlotte Brontë’s most compelling character is this quote: “I can live alone if self-respect and circumstance require me so to do. I do not need to sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at price I cannot afford to give.” If that’s not a 'kick ass' attitude, albeit wrapped in sturdy Victorian prose, then I’m... (Kate Griffin)On the other hand The Hindustan Times puts together 'forgotten literary classics for a rainy day':
Every book lover knows their Brontë sisters, or do they?Do you remember the case of the missing staircase which was finally located in Long Island (with the ghost of Anne Brontë included)? Well, it is now on the market. Keighley News also reports more properties on the market as this shop in Main Street, Haworth.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is practically on the ‘must read’ list of any bookworm while Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is the novel that readers usually begin their literary journey with.
Anne Brontë, the lesser known of the Bronte sisters, failed to get the recognition that is enjoyed by Charlotte and Emily. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall thus qualifies not only as a forgotten classic but also a literary work by a ‘forgotten’ author.
The novel, when released under the pseudonym ‘Acton Bell’ in 1948, was actually an instant success which was followed by a drop in its sales after its author’s demise.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall holds the distinction of being one of the very first works of feminist fiction and follows a unique narrative pattern (okay, no spoilers) which is sure to make you wish for more rainy days ahead. (Simar Bhasin)
Although now considered a literary success, this wasn’t always the case. Upon its release in 1847, the novel was criticised as being depressing and morose — those who studied it for the Leaving or Junior Cert might well agree.Virginia Blackburn on not having children in The Daily Express:
Part of literature’s first family including sisters Ann(scic) and Charlotte, Emily also wrote poetry but Wuthering Heights would be her only published novel, lucky for Kate Bush fans that she at least got around to producing one. (Brian Moss and Lorraine Murphy)
It is often commented on that our greatest female authors – Jane Austen, George Eliot and the various Brontës among them – never reproduced yet it didn’t stop them creating a few masterpieces.Midland Reporter-Telegram describes like this the recent Wuthering High 2015:
Why shouldn’t that apply to politics too? Even in these so-called enlightened times women are judged on whether they have pair bonded and reproduced and for a would-be prime minister, Labour at that, to indulge in this is disgraceful.
Teenage soap opera in the fashion of the classic “Wuthering Heights” shows an update wasn’t necessary. (Nancy Adamson)Le Croix (France) reviews Journal (1987-2012) by Michel Chaillou
Pour cette recherche incessante, exigeante, source pour lui de solitude, il plonge dans les textes de Montaigne, de Sterne, de Diderot, des sœurs Brontë, les mémorialistes du XVIIe siècle, les récits de marins du XVIIIe siècle. (Francine de Martinoir) (Translation)ABC (Spain) covers the Paris Fashion Week and the Maison Margiela show in particular:
Al comienzo del desfile, presidió un estilo siniestro y minimalista, herencia evidente del fundador ya retirado, Martin Margiela: era una sucesión de vestidos negros pensados para una Jane Eyre del siglo XXI, austera y monacal. (María Luisa Funes) (Translation)Saarbrücker Zeitung (Germany) reviews Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant!; Marjolein Reads reviews Re Jane by Patricia Park.