Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Brontë Parsonage Facebook page has a reassuring update - in case you still needed it - on Sally Wainwright's To Walk Invisible:
Over the last few months members of our Collections team have been working with the BBC production crew responsible for the forthcoming Sally Wainwright biopic To Walk Invisible. This afternoon we were invited to the studio to see some of the filming and inspect the set. We were all very impressed with the attention to detail and can't wait for the show to air. Exciting times!
The Yorkshire Evening Post has an article on this year's Bradford Literature Festival (May 20-29).
Building on the success of 2015’s inaugural festival which attracted around 9.500 visitors, this year there are 200 events and 350 special guests. Among those appearing are Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Brontë expert Juliet Barker, poet, writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay, politician Naz Shah, performance poet John Hegley and Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain. There will be panel discussions on a range of subjects including faith, art and architecture, workshops on everything from vlogging to mystic Sufi whirling, as well as a number of free family events including open air film screenings, craft and storytelling sessions. [...]
There are certain strands, says [co-director Syima] Aslam, that will run annually such as the Brontë theme – which this year includes a discussion on Jane Eyre as a feminist manifesto and a modern retelling of Wuthering Heights by Japanese author Minae Mizumura. (Yvette Huddleston)
The Bolton News reports that Octagon Theatre have announced their next season:
Stage adaptations of 1848 Anne Brontë novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, brought to life by award winning playwright Deborah McAndrew, and a musical of Dodie Smith novel I Capture the Castle, will follow. [...]
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Thursday, March 30 - Saturday, April 11, 2017) (Rosalind Saul)
Page Six quotes Chloë Sevigny's position in the never-ending Brontë vs Austen debate.
Chloë Sevigny stars in Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen adaptation “Love & Friendship” — but told us she was always more of a Brontë sisters fan.
“I was more [into] the Brontë sisters. I have tried to get through [Austen] novels before,” she said at the film’s downtown premiere. “But this one spoke to me in a way others hadn’t . . . It’s a novella. It was less ‘girls in distress’ and more ‘girls in power.’”
She figures, “Maybe I have to go back and read them again now that I am an adult [with] more sophisticated taste.” (Mara Siegler)
Pune Mirror (India) Has an article on Wide Sargasso Sea. Livros, vamos devorá-los (in Portuguese) posts about Shirley. La Terrasse reviews Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë biography.


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