Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Stage has a chronicle of some of the theatre plays seen at the Birmingham European Festival (a festival that has suddenly become a sad oxymoron):
After dinner, the UK’s Publick Transport change the mood completely with half an hour of straight-faced knockabout fun in We Are Brontë. Essentially a kind of National Theatre of Brent for the devising generation, the show ruthlessly skewers trope after physical theatre trope. No theatremaker will ever be able to animate a book as a bird in a devised piece again. Thank God. (Andrew Haydon)
Chortle announces that the Brontës will be present on the next Horrible Histories special episode:
Horrible Histories is to return for another one-off special, with Mel Giedroyc returning as a guest star.
The team are making a show about Staggering Storytellers to mark the BBC's #Lovetoread campaign.
Tom Stourton, Jess Ransome and Jalaal Hartley also star in the CBBC show, which will air on July 11.
Stories covered include how DH Lawrence would climb mulberry trees in the nude to stimulate his imagination, how a party at Lord Byron's house led to the writing of Frankenstein, and how Charles Dickens was 'the Harry Styles of his day'.
Viewers will also meet The Brontë Sisters trying to get a book deal, Roald Dahl entering the Great British Bake Off with a worm cake and Malorie Blackman, Enid Blyton, Jacqueline Wilson and Beatrix Potter in Little Mix-style sketch.
John Sutherland in The Times mentions Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights in an article on how getting the most out of literature means having fun.

The Irish Times recommends some books for the summer:
The Woman Who Ran
By Sam Baker (Harper, £7.99) When a mysterious woman called Helen Graham moves into Wildfell, a long-abandoned house at the edge of a Yorkshire village, even Gil Markham, a cynical retired journalist, is intrigued by the new arrival. The local gossips go wild, but Helen, a former war photographer, just wants to be left alone. As the names of both the characters and Helen’s new home suggest, Sam Baker’s novel is inspired by Anne Brontë’s criminally underrated The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Like the heroine of that novel, Baker’s Helen has fled an abusive relationship. Just a few weeks ago she fled from her burning Paris flat, leaving behind her estranged husband’s body. But what really happened in Paris? And is Yorkshire really a safe refuge? An original and gripping thriller. (Anna Carey)
The Telegraph & Argus celebrates the new vintage bus linking Haworth station and the Parsonage:
This means that the stations are not located in the centre of the villages that we serve, which is very apparent at Haworth, meaning our passengers have to battle with the hill from the station to Main Street and the Brontë Parsonage, which is an almost insurmountable challenge for some visitors.
I'm very pleased to report that we have a solution to this, thanks to our partnership with the Brontë Parsonage Museum. The railway and the parsonage are jointly funding the operation of a vintage bus service that links Haworth Station with the village, operating seven days a week from July 11 until September 4, and it's free to Railway Rover ticket holders. (David Knights)
WWD talks about the Sébastien Meunier's Men's Spring 2017 collection for Ann Demeulemeester:
When he didn’t go punk, Meunier channeled a “Wuthering Heights” romanticism, with billowing silk shirts and military jackets cinched with wide obi belts. (Joelle Diderich)
Ralph Nader attacks the two-party de facto US system in The Hill, with a curious Wuthering Heights reference:
Get real, indeed, with the cyclical redundancy of Wuthering Heights — a national legislature, ossified by safe gerrymandered districts, and fluctuation between complacent gridlock or sadistically conceived proposals such as cutting the IRS budget to aid-and-abet $300 billion in uncollected taxes per year, or starving enforcement budgets against massive fraud on Medicare, Medicaid, or the Pentagon, which brings in between $10 and $20 in revenue for every $1 in enforcement funds.
The Huffington Post on sex and censorship in classical Hollywood films:
In one of the greatest love stories on film, “Wuthering Heights,” Merle Oberon and Lawrence Olivier kept their clothes on all the way to the end with Kathy’s heartbreaking death, Heathcliff at her side. (Babette Hughes)
The Herald Sun interviews Chloe Shorten, the wife of the Labor candidate for the upcoming Australian federal election:
“My mum was a university lecturer so I grew up playing in the university library in Queensland,” she says. “That’s where I’d go after school and I’d do my homework there. I was eight and all these law students were there. I wasn’t reading any of the law books, I was reading my own books, lots of Enid Blyton, Famous Five, the Anne of Green Gables series, then the Brontës. (Blanche Clark)
A model, a goat, a picture and The Age to talk about it:
Whenever Age photographer Simon Schluter calls and says "I've got a good story", I know I won't be disappointed. This one was about loneliness, Wuthering Heights, and being alone on a mountaintop, he told me. "With a goat". Say no more. (Tom McKendrick)
Le Figaro (France) has an article on the actress Chloë Grace Moretz
Ses essentiels de l’été (...)
Dans sa valise : « J’emporte des produits de soin pour le visage et de protection contre le soleil. Et les Hauts de Hurlevent : j’adore ce livre. » (Isabelle Girard) (Translation)
Galdar al Día (Spain) recommends Stefan Bollmann's Women Who Read.


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