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Burial records for the youngest of Haworth's famous Brontë sisters are included in a new online archive.We are not leaving Yorkshire yet as The Telegraph and Argus has an article on Bradford's Literature Festival.
Family history website findmypast.co.uk has published for the first time more than 5.4 million Yorkshire registers, including births, deaths and marriages.
The Yorkshire Digitisation project, launched two years ago, comprises scanned images of original handwritten registers and marks the final phase of a collection spanning the years 1538 to 1990.
Anne Brontë can be found in the burial records for St Mary's Parish Church, in Scarborough. (Alistair Shand)
A ten-day celebration of literature, expected to attract thousands of people of all ages to Bradford, begins tomorrow.BBC News features Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre.
The Bradford Literature Festival involves more than 200 events held at venues across the city, with appearances by some of the top authors and writers. [...]
There will also be several events marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, in Thornton. (Chris Young)
Last year, the Leeds-based company used a revival of their 2002 Wuthering Heights production to target people who had not seen dance live in areas which chief executive Mark Skipper says get "little or no classical dance provision".USA Today's Happy Ever After has romance writer Abby Vegas choose her top 10 'heroes who fall for difficult women'. Mr Rochester makes it to the very top:
As part of the same project, they are returning to the Brontës as a source for this year's enticement with an adaptation of Jane Eyre - put on "by chance" in Charlotte Brontë's bicentennial year.
Skipper says Charlotte's most famous work was "a pretty obvious choice", partially because of the success of the adaptation of her sister Emily's novel, but also because it offers new audiences something they want - a story that they already know.
"I absolutely think audiences need to feel some comfort in knowing what they are going to see - they don't like to take risks. [...]
Challenging is exactly what Jane Eyre has been for choreographer Cathy Marston.
"Jane Eyre is not Swan Lake or Nutcracker," she says.
"People don't know that it's a ballet, but you can imagine it - because it's all dark passion, love and landscape - that it sounds really interesting.
For her, the difficulty has been to keep the story that the audience recognise while condensing it for the stage.
"In a ballet that is about an hour and a half, you're not going to do the whole of Jane Eyre.
"You have to take a particular perspective on it. Inevitably, some of it is ruled out by the fact that the medium we're using is dance, which wouldn't really be the language I would use to speak about religion, class or money - but the love story is alluring.
"When I was asked to do Jane Eyre, that image of Rochester and Jane at the end and the fire, those were the first things that spring to mind."
That said, even the novel's love story is a long and protracted one, which means Marston has had to chop through it.
She says despite the novel being "one of the iconic works of English literature", she was not afraid to be bold. [...]
Finding the truth of Jane has been a task not just for Marston, but also the company's dancers, including leading soloist Hannah Bateman.
She says creating Jane has been difficult because the novel is "so wordy".
"There is so much in it that you can feel like you are drowning. You want to do it justice and tell all of it in as much detail as it is written, but it has been really hard because the beauty in it is the subtlety of it.
"Small details can make a massive difference in this."
She says Jane has been "really difficult to discover", much more so than her previous roles, which include the lead in Romeo and Juliet and Mina in Dracula.
"This has been very different and very challenging - Jane is so strong and she makes such bold decisions," she says.
"You're trying to tell the audience 'yes, she is falling in love with Rochester' but she never lets Rochester know until the very last minute, so you think 'I want the audience to know, but I don't want the person standing right next to me to'.
"And even though love is a huge element of it, it is not just a love story, it's this woman discovering who she is. There's a lot in it, but it's brilliant to be given that responsibility to tell that story." [...]
"The audience numbers are higher than last year, but what I can't say at this stage is if it is the same people coming back or whether people hated it last year and a whole load of new people are coming because they like Jane Eyre.
"Certainly, the sales have grown, which is a positive step and shows we're growing audiences in those areas and growing audiences for dance in general."
But his "maxim" remains a simple one - "any empty seat is a wasted opportunity". (Chris Long)
Edward Rochester, Jane EyreSlate + continues with its series of Jane Eyre-related essays, this time about the Brontës' creative work when growing up. Aquellos Inolvidables Tebeos (in Spanish) posts a 1969 Mexican comic entirely devoted to the Brontës: Mujeres Célebres: Las Hermanas Brontë (Number 094). Finally, an alert for today at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
This guy gets top prize since he falls for not one but two difficult women! His first marriage is more or less typical: Mrs. Rochester ends up locked in the attic, insane. But then Jane (the new governess) arrives and sparks fly … literally!
May 19th 2016 06:00pm - 08:00pm
In a late night Thursday special, author Nick Holland will be in the Museum Shop from 6pm to sign copies of his new biography In Search of Anne Bronte.
The Museum will remain open until 8pm (with last admission at 7.30pm) and usual admission fees apply. Admission to the shop only is free.