Friday, January 29, 2016

Via the Brontë Parsonage Facebook page, we have found out that their 'creative partner' Tracy Chevalier spoke about the upcoming new exhibition at the Parsonage yesterday on the radio.

Keighley News shares an 1856 photograph of Keighley and accompanies it by a contemporary description of the town by Elizabeth Gaskell.
This shop has the date 1856 above its door, so it was built as novelist Mrs Gaskell wrote her impressions of Keighley while researching her life of Charlotte Brontë published in 1857.
She saw Keighley "in process in transformation from a populous, old-fashioned village, into a still more populous and flourishing town", and was struck by the "solid grandeur" of its new rows of grey stone houses. (Yvonne Bruce)
The Yorkshire Post reports that Bridlington would like to profit from its appearance on the film Dad's Army.
[David Hinde, town crier, chairman of the Old Town Association and unofficial cheerleader for all things Bridlington] identifies Brontë-dominated Haworth as the template he’d like to copy. “That used to be a bit down-at-heel but look at it now. We’ve got Hockney, Lawrence of Arabia was based here, Amy Johnson... all these things but we don’t capitalise on them. We need to seize this opportunity.”(Grant Woodward)
They even had their own Brontë connection as Charlotte Brontë stayed there back in the days when it was called Burlington.

The Huffington Post reviews Josephine Corcoran's poetry collection The Misplaced House.
Out from here, the collection encompasses felt others, noting in the opening poem that, "Stephen Lawrence isn't on the National Curriculum," and thus ensuring the speaker's children learn at bedtime about the young man who was murdered for being black that, "He wanted to be an architect." This circle sweeps up Polish villagers alongside the Brontë sisters, imagining their human lives. Finally, the collection touches on the widest circle, politics, in two poems that know exactly what they are doing by pretending to misunderstand. (Robert Peake)
Seattle Times features new band The Science of Deduction:
The songs abound with literary references. “James Joyce is Going Blind” uses the famed writer’s loss of eyesight as a metaphor of cultural decline. “Agnes Gray” (sic) is based on the Anne Brontë novel of the same name. And the band’s name refers to the deductive process used by Sherlock Holmes in solving his cases. (Gillian G. Gaar)
7th Space tells about the 80th anniversary of a Chinese production company.
"Angels over the Rainbow - Cathay 80th Anniversary Celebration", organised by the Hong Kong Film Archive of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will feature Cantonese productions of Motion Picture & General Investment Co Ltd (MP & GI) directed by Tso Kea, Wong Tin-lam and Wong Toi in Focus IV in March. To cater to the predominately Cantonese-speaking audience, MP & GI (later known as Cathay) began making Cantonese movies in Hong Kong in 1954 and recruited the finest directorial talent in Cantonese cinema. These movies included adaptations of literary classics and contemporary novels, among other captivating productions.
The romantic tragedy "Love Lingers On" (1957) is based on Emily Brontë's gothic novel "Wuthering Heights".
Concentrating on the characters' simmering mental troubles, Tso Kea shepherds the tale of profound passion, thwarted love and bitter vengefulness with broad narrative strokes and delicate orchestration of mise-en-scène.
Londonist recommends the Foundling Museum exhibition on literary orphans Drawing on Childhood.


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