Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, January 15, 2016 10:57 am by Cristina in , , , , , ,    1 comment
The Telegraph and Argus has an article on tourism figures in the Badford district.
At Haworth's Brontë Parsonage Museum, data for 2015 is expected to show the number of visitors remained at just under 70,000 visitors a year.
But marketing officer Rebecca Yorke said takings were up by two per cent and sales in the gift shop were also up.
She said: "Perhaps people are planning and choosing their visits carefully."
And she said the museum was looking forward to a busy 2016, with celebrations planned for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë. (Claire Wilde)
Keighley News features Northern Ballet's take on Jane Eyre.
Marking the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Northern Ballet will hold the world premiere of Jane Eyre at Cast in Doncaster in May before touring to Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester.
Northern Ballet describes Jane Eyre as the ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, and a story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries. (David Knights)
A reader of the same newspaper has written about a recent article:
I saw the Songs of Praise programme on January 3, but it was not until I read your article – "Brontë clue for church sleuths" (Keighley News, December 31) – that I learned it was highlighting churches which have a literary connection.
With that in mind why were none of Anne Brontë’s three beautiful poems, set to music as hymns, chosen? It would have been a good publicity factor, particularly as those hymns are no longer in modern hymnals.
Bill Place Oakes Huddersfield
A reader of The Telegraph mentions the Brontës as well in a letter:
Sir – Michael Deacon implies that the study of drainage systems is a sad, boring and fruitless occupation – something that Jeremy Corbyn might do. However, as a practitioner, I can state categorically that he is wrong.
As a result of the recent weather, I had to study a range of drains in the field at the rear of my house, dating from the 15th century to the 21st century.
Drains are a consequence of people’s lives, meaning this was a fascinating romp through 500 years of the history of Haworth, taking in just about everything – the Brontës included.
David Pearson
Haworth, West Yorkshire
If your first 'fictional lit crush' was Heathcliff, then this is what it says about you according to Bustle.
You love who you love, and you could care less what anybody thinks. Your ideal date probably involves outdoor sex, possibly in the rain, and you can see the appeal of shunning the rest of society and living in a cabin in the woods. You also have a thing for bad boys or bad girls, but you'd think Draco Malfoy was a privileged little snot. You'd rather be with someone who can rough it with you if need be. It's all about finding a fellow free spirit, and then running around with them on a windswept moor. (Charlotte Ahlin)
This columnist from Mid-day seems to have preferred Jane Eyre when she was a teenager.
It’s rare in literary and popular culture to be confronted with female protagonists you simply just want to be. Even though I loved Jane Eyre when I read the 19th Century classic by Charlotte Brontë back when I was 15, I never wanted to be her nor the tragic Tess or the French Lieutenant’s Wife. Two heroines came closest to personifying the kind of woman whose spirit I sought to embody: Shakespeare’s Rosalind (As You Like It), and, of course, Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice). (Rosalyn D’Mello)
The Derbyshire Times reports that
The [Derby Book Festival] organisers have also announced two more events at the 2016 Festival, with more to be announced in the coming months. The festival will include an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth with bestselling author, Tracy Chevalier, and literary biographer, Claire Harman, discussing her remarkable life.
Tracy, whose novels include Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway, has recently contributed to and edited Reader, I Married Him, a collection of original stories based on the first line of Jane Eyre by 20 of today’s finest women writers.
First line of Jane Eyre?

The Irish Catholic has an article on writer Lafcadio Hearn and concludes that,
After all, he came from the country of Poe’s ancestors, of the Brontës, and of Bram Stoker. Here perhaps we catch a flavour of what might now be called “the Celtic temperament”, applied to then little regarded cultures. (Peter Costello)
You're so pretty! has eight reasons why Wuthering Heights is the greatest love story of all times.

1 comment:

  1. SIR – Michael Deacon implies that the study of drainage systems is a sad, boring and fruitless occupation – something that Jeremy Corbyn might do.

    This meant to be short they don't plan to address the problem in any substantial way. It's just too boring

    Any though look into the history Haworth's water and its management will bring up Patrick Bronte's name. He fought for decent water and its management for 40 years...and the fight goes on. Glad Mr. Pearson spoke up