Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 8:03 am by Cristina in , , ,    No comments
The Stage reports that,
Leading playwrights including Timberlake Wertenbaker and Jessica Swale have criticised the under-representation of women writers in set texts planned for GSCE and A-level drama. [...]
Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, Churchill's Cloud 9 and Polly Teale's Brontë are the only female-written plays on a list of 13 texts chosen by AQA for its A-level specification. (Georgia Snow)
Pakistan Observer features a recent Islamabad literary event in in which
The local literati including Ghazanfar Mehdi, Sarfaraz Shahid, Manzar Naqvi, Anjum Khaleeq, Nayyer Sarhadi, Jamil Asghar Bhatti, Sibtain Raza Lodhi and others spoke about the content and style of the prose written in the book “Jane Eyre aur mein” and the collection of poetic verses “Andaaz-e-Biyaan Aur”.
Ghazanfar Mehdi said Shahnaz Bano ‘s journey to discover her inner woman is very intensive, there may some structural issues to construct the traditional Urdu rhymes but we cannot over look the purity of feelings. They might be repeated ones; nevertheless, they have their own taste and flavour of expression. “We need to promote every voice of Urdu literature without classification of calibre and maturity. One day ever voice will be strong enough to recognise it identity”, Said Dr Mehdi.
Manzar Naqvi pointed out some structural issues with the construction of poetry. He said, some poetry falls in the category of black-verse but poetess has presented them as ghazals while most of the ghazals have remarkable phrases, she only needs to rearrange them to make some wonderful couplets. Speaking about the prose, Naqvi said, “Jane Eyre aur mein” is a continuous writing. It would have better impact if divided into different small chapters.
Anjum Khaleeq said women writers and poetesses bring their own world to the forefront and help the society to understand what their reflection about the society is. What they want the world to be like of, and what shall be the social face of life around. “We see same feminine approach in Shahnaz’s poetry and prose. Though, we think the western women are more liberal in their ideas of life and practices, but Jane and Shahnaz look like of the same womanhood. (Munir Ahmed)
In Australia Mercury announces that,
Hobart's historic Theatre Royal hopes to hit new heights with its 2016 season.
The theatre’s 180th season will feature a total of 33 shows, ranging from much-loved classics to exciting brand new works from Australia’s finest theatre, opera, dance and circus companies — including Queensland’s shake & stir theatre, who will mount an ambitious production of Emily Brontë’s classic Wuthering Heights in May. (Kane Young)
Bustle has selected the '11 funniest science fiction books', one of which is
4. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Thursday Next is a literary detective with a pet dodo and a time-traveling father, and it's up to her to find the kidnapper who's snatched Jane Eyre right out of Jane Eyre. Of course, she'll have to jump into the book and crack this case from the inside. The Eyre Affair is the first in a brilliant series that straddles the line between sci-fi, fantasy, and classical literature; it's a book for people who love books. And no one does cross-genre absurdist adventure comedy better than Jasper Fforde. (Charlotte Ahlin)


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