Christmas Lunch and Entertainment 2016 - The annual Brontë Group Christmas Lunch took place last Saturday, 3 December. Around 40 members turned up to enjoy a three-course meal, drinks and entertai...
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Full details of the recipe for the limited-edition bramble and creamy caramel liqueur, sweetened with wildflower honey and jasmine, have been kept under wraps.Also in Keighley News a report of the visit of Jacqueline Wilson to Haworth:
Behind the initiative is company founder Sir James Aykroyd, a Brontë Society member, whose great grandfather Sir James Roberts bought the Haworth parsonage in 1928 and gifted it to the society. (...)
The latest product is designed to complement the existing Brontë Liqueur, which was relaunched two years ago.
The Birstwith-based company sells directly to upmarket bars and restaurants and specialist independent retailers.
And contacts have been made with importers in countries including Russia, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada and the United States.
Part of the proceeds from sales are being donated to the Brontë Society.
Charlotte's views towards alcohol were uncertain.
But Rebecca Yorke, head of communications and marketing at the Brontë Society said: "Sir James is a longstanding member of the society and we are delighted he has chosen to donate a percentage of the income from the sales of his liqueur to the museum." (Alistair Shand)
Jacqueline, one of Britain’s most popular children’s writers, spoke to an audience of all ages at the West Lane Baptist Centre as a guest of the Brontë Society.Travel Pulse recommends a visit to the Parsonage for National Author's Day:
Society spokesman Rebecca Yorke said: “It was a great afternoon, with over 120 people in attendance, including many children from local schools.
“Dame Jackie held everyone enthralled with tales of her childhood, her early writing career and the inspiration for her characters. She took time to answer questions and sign books following her talk.”
Dame Jacqueline cited Jane Eyre as her “all-time favourite novel”. Lauren Livesey, arts officer at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, presented Jacqueline with a copy of Celebrating Charlotte Brontë, a new publication by the Brontë Society. (David Knights)
Brontë sisters: If you own dog-eared copies of “Jane Eyre” or “Wuthering Heights” then you have to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum in the United Kingdom. There are literary events, exhibitions and other programs on the sisters, Charlotte, Anne, Emily and Maria. The Museum library contains manuscripts, letters and early editions of their novels and poetry. (Lisa Iannucci)Well, BBC America informs of the first films 'scientifically' addressed to cats and dogs, aiming to relax them and all. Curiously enough the dog film is called Woofering Heights. We have sort of watched the film (which is like an In the Night Garden episode on acid, exchanging Derek Jacobi for David Tennant) and we have not seen any connection with our Heights. Maybe it's better that way, hanging puppies cannot be a good way to relax any canine.
There are two films, scientifically designed for felines or canines, entitled Peer Window and Woofering Heights. The titles are clearly a play off of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rear Window (for cats) and Emily Brontë‘s Wuthering Heights (for dogs). (...)Also on BBC but in a completely different context:
The films are specific to the species. For instance, Woofering Heights may not be calming for cats and vice versa, Peer Window won’t do it for dogs. But both movies contain content that is meant to engage the startled pet and then eventually calm the cat or dog into relaxation. For example, Peer Window is set in a window frame, which cats like to stare out of as a pastime. And Woofering Heights is filmed in blue and yellow, the color spectrum of a dog’s sight. (Brigid Brown)
Jane Eyre's 'passion and fury'A Jane Eyre mention in a Road & Track article is not something that happens everyday:
As part of the #LovetoRead season across the BBC, six religious leaders from around the world have chosen a single book that has a unique place in their spiritual lives, a non-religious text, but one that has enriched and informed their faith.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger explains why she has felt an affinity with Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre from a young age.
After a few hours behind the wheel, however, it's difficult not to daydream of exchanging our $146,845 tester for a more reasonably priced, and less outrageously plumed, plain-Jane-Eyre F-type convertible. (Jack Baruth)Loving gloomy days in The Huffington Post:
Gloomy weather and love go together - my sport loving man doesn’t want to get out of bed so fast. And through the curtains everything’s romantic, mysterious and evoking timelessness and Wuthering Heights’ dark, deliriously windswept sexiness. (Dr. Debra Campbell)Palatinate explores the dark side of Halloween costumes:
The most alarming thing about these attractions and costumes, with their implications in mind, is that they were made for public consumption. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to explain their production. Throughout history, mental illness has been shrouded with fear and misunderstanding – Mr Rochester’s ‘mad’ wife Bertha locked in the attic in Jane Eyre, the ‘psychopath’ Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs, and even more recent releases like Split which blames Dissociative Identity Disorder for the actions of an abusive, serial kidnapper. (Stella Botes)Stanford Arts Review shows how you can use the word empowerment in almost any context:
Wuthering Heights is one of those songs where the more you listen to it the more you vibe with it, and the more you vibe with it, the more empowered you feel. i swear to god kate bush changes keys like 4 times during this song, yet she still makes it work. the part in the chorus where she’s serenading Heathcliff will hit you like a seismic emotional wave and make you want to feel as inspired as she does. (Kathy Lan)MaximuPop! offers good advice from 'scary' stories:
Don’t Let Strangers in Through the Window (Wuthering Heights)Vice talks about queer retellings of classics. Not exactly queer but certainly a retelling, Wide Sargasso Sea is mentioned:
We all like to be good Samaritans. I’m sure if we saw a young, cold looking woman outside the window we’d think about letting her in, but don’t. If Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ taught me anything it’s that letting them in does more harm than good. They’ll turn out to be a ghost and just make everyone miserable, especially your landlord. Best to keep the windows shut and draw the curtains. Ignore the knocking noises – its just the wind…. (Sophie Waters)
From Wide Sargasso Sea to West Side Story to Clueless, great retellings have become beloved in their own right, filtering timeless themes through contemporary sensibilities. (There are, of course, occasional missteps on this path—the less said about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the better.) Revisiting a story gives us an opportunity to explore universal experiences from the perspective of those who weren't represented in the original, and nowhere is this more apparent than in today's generation of young writers and artists bringing overt queerness into the literary canon. (Lindsay King-Miller)Ysenda Maxtone Graham writes in The Sunday Times about boarding schools:
Boarding schools have very gradually been softening, ever since the dreadful days when two of Charlotte Brontë's sisters died of tuberculosis at the Clergy Daughters School in Lancashire, and girls were literally falling like flies after bitter walks back from church to cold supper in the unheated hall.Trains and Tutus reviews Jane Eyre; The Sisters' Room briefly talks about Christine Alexander & Sara L. Pearson's book Celebrating Charlotte Brontë Trasforming Life into Literature in Jane Eyre.