Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Dewsbury Reporter tells about some of the Brontë200 events that will take place in the area:
The inspiration Charlotte Brontë took from Mirfield, Birstall and the Spen Valley is the theme for a year of local events commemorating her life.
The novelist was a regular visitor to the area throughout her time in Yorkshire, and used many nearby locations in her work. (...)
Events planned include an interactive curiosities talk at Red House, a themed walk at Oakwell Hall, costumed tours and a Brontë book sale, an exhibition of Brontë landscapes by the Dewsbury Photographic Group, a talk by art historian Simon Poe, period refreshments, a garden party, summer quizzes, calligraphy sessions and heritage open days at Brontë buildings.
Many of the year-round activities have been organised by local groups including the Friends of Red House and the Friends of Heckmondwike Library.
The Chester Theatre Company (Chester, MA) has announced its 2016 Season which includes a world premiere:
My Jane by Daniel Elihu Kramer, June 30-July 10th, 2016
World Premiere
Adapted from the novel by Charlotte Brontë?, Kramer's newest play is his second for CTC, following his hit box office hit Pride@Prejudice in 2011. A contemporary classic, My Jane weaves Jane's romantic story with the lives of her readers, all of whom have their own beloved "Jane." My Jane will be directed by New York-based Knud Adams, whose immensely popular production of Body Awareness was presented at CTC in 2013. 
Bustle lists authors who wrote under male or ambiguous pen names:
1, Emily Brontë
Brontë's gorgeously written and renowned novel Wuthering Heights was first published in 1847 under the pseudonym Ellis Bell. After she died, Brontë's sister Charlotte published a posthumous edition three years later under Emily's real name.
2. Charlotte Brontë
The oldest Brontë sister and the author of Jane Eyre also used the fake last name Bell, taking Currer as her first name. She explained the decision:
"Averse to personal publicity, we veiled our own names under those of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell; the ambiguous choice being dictated by a sort of conscientious scruple at assuming Christian names positively masculine, while we did not like to declare ourselves women, because — without at that time suspecting that our mode of writing and thinking was not what is called 'feminine' — we had a vague impression that authoresses are liable to be looked on with prejudice." (Suzannah Weiss)
The South China Morning Post reviews the audiobook edition of Tessa Hadley's The Past:
There is something Brontë-esque about the four siblings who open and close the action; the middle section reverses to 1968 and the story of their mother, Jill, leaving her ne’er-do-well husband. (James Kidd)
The New Zealand Herald describes a literary tour in London. Talking about Westminster Abbey:
A number of other writers are buried elsewhere but commemorated at Poets' Corner, including John Milton, Percy Bysshe Shelley, TS Eliot, Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters. (Michelle Locke)
An alert for tomorrow, February 22, in San Francisco:
Patricia Park: Litquake and Green Apple Books present the author of “Re Jane,” a contemporary retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre,” in conversation with Vanessa Hua. [7 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]
And if you are into auditions, in Orem (UT) you can go for a Jane Eyre role:
Jane Eyre-Auditions at Hale Center Theatre Orem
Auditions for Jane Eyre will be held, by appointment only, February 22nd.
These auditions will be held at our new studio space located at 537 N. 1200 W. in Orem (located between 7 Circles & Tandy Leather).  Please note that this is not our previous studio location located by Wienerschnitzel.
The box office will start taking audition appointments February 8th. Appointments may be made by calling the box office at 801-226-8600.
Those auditioning should prepare to sing 16 bars of a song in the style of the show.  An accompanist will be provided. Headshots and resumes are encouraged.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to fill out the appropriate paperwork before your audition time.
Escritoras Inglesas (in Portuguese) reviews an illustrated edition of Shirley; On Moore Chapter posts about Wuthering Heights; discusses Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters; Transylmania publishes the Rovina Cai illustrations for the recent Folio Society edition of Wuthering Heights.


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