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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But however goth you think you were, Charlotte Brontë (the one who wrote Jane Eyre, not the one who wrote Wuthering Heights) has got you beat, because she literally repaired her shoes with the actual honest to God hair of her dead siblings.This all comes from this tweet:
We sh*t you not.
The museum caption, which is pretty blase about this incredible fact, reads ‘long walks over damp ground caused damage to Charlotte’s mourning shoes which she meticulously repaired with the hair of her departed siblings. A sprig of heather, symbolising solitude, is believed to have been stitched with Emily’s hair.’
To be fair, what else is one supposed to do when one’s mourning shoes spring a hole?
Maybe it’s morbid, but we’re quite impressed with Charlie’s needlework skills. Embroidering a sprig of heather using hair can not be easy.
At last look the tweet had over 13,000 likes which (probably) makes them the most popular Victorian mourning shoes on the internet. (Rebecca Reid)
No matter how goth you think you are, you aren't Charlotte "I repaired my mourning shoes with the hair of my dead siblings" Bronte pic.twitter.com/qubNBZiDFq— 🎃Sara🎃 (@bookwitchsara) November 30, 2016
@bookwitchsara has pinned the following tweet at the top of her timeline:A note from the artist who made the shoes (and other items in the same case) https://t.co/I7WTog4d0O— 🎃Sara🎃 (@bookwitchsara) December 1, 2016
And today's cautionary tale in a nutshell is: think before you tweet!Note: the shoes in the case were designed and made by @SerenaPartridge as stunning interpretations of the pair Charlotte would have worn. https://t.co/83N3YOc8j5— 🎃Sara🎃 (@bookwitchsara) December 1, 2016
BOOKS: What books have had a big effect on you?Another bookish interview, to Anna Kendrick, in The New York Times:
HOFFMAN: Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” was extremely important to me. So was reading Toni Morrison for the first time. When I read Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” that was the first time I felt my mind blow open. I thought that book was speaking to me. I was 12 or 13 when I read that. I read everything on my mother’s bookshelves. I read Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” all of Shirley Jackson’s books, which I loved. I read “The Group” by Mary McCarthy. It had tons of sex in it, or so I thought at the time. (Amy Sutherland)
What kind of reader were you as a child? Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?More serious than I am now. The year I turned 12, I read “The Crucible,” “Jane Eyre” and “The Great Gatsby,” and after I finished each one I was beside myself with rage. Abigail Williams and Daisy Buchanan never get their comeuppance, and Jane never gets to go off (Jerry Springer style) on the Reed family? I’m still mad about it.The Telegraph has writer Stephenie Meyer recommend a few books and among them is
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. My favorite protagonist. She has a harsh beginning and a limited future but she has integrity.The Seattle Times has already selected the best books of 2016 and one of them is
“Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart” by Claire Harman (Knopf). There have been many biographies of Charlotte Brontë over the years, but Harman’s had this dyed-in-the-wool Brontë fan mesmerized: the details of life at Haworth are told with an almost cinematic vividness, and the excerpts from Brontë’s recently published letters add a moving intimacy. (Moira Macdonald)Deadline gives the date for the American broadcast of To Walk Invisible:
On March 26 a Masterpiece special, The Brontës: To Walk Invisible, chronicles how Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë’s genius for writing romantic novels was, recognized in a male-dominated 19th-century world. [...]Keighley News shares the programmed walks in the area for the Christmas season and Adventure Travel Magazine includes a 'Brontë walk' on its selection of '9 of the best winter hikes in the UK'.
MARCH ON PBS: [...]
“The Brontës: To Walk Invisible” on MASTERPIECE – Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, all unmarried, faced a bleak future. Unable to rely on their alcoholic brother or near-blind father to provide for them, they worked as governesses to privileged and often unruly children. This is the story of how — against all odds — their genius for writing romantic novels was recognized in a male-dominated, 19th-century world. Sunday, March 26, 9-11 p.m. ET (Lisa de Moraes)
3. BRONTË WALK, HAWORTH, YORKSHIRE DALESAs you probably know, Tracy Chevalier is doing a Brontë calendar on Twitter, opening a new window each day at 2 pm GMT. Here's yesterday's lovely start:
Calling all literacy fans, this one’s for you. Haworth is notorious for its association with the Brontë sisters who lived their short but fruitful lives within the village, where they wrote outstanding literacy works, keeping the Haworth Moors popular in the centuries to come. However, the Brontë Walk has a lot to offer, even if you’re not a fan of the literature.
The walk takes you out of Haworth, towards the Brontë waterfalls and infamous Top Withens – the supposed setting of Wuthering Heights. In the winter months, the purple moorland will be covered in a sheet of overwhelming white, with a chilling atmosphere that can be warmed with a post-walk visit at a Haworth pub. (Sophie Goodall)
Loved this card for Charlotte's 200th birthday. One of many made by pupils from Haworth Primary School. #BronteAdvent 1/25 pic.twitter.com/FBCwSi8nPH— Tracy Chevalier (@Tracy_Chevalier) December 1, 2016