Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Telegraph and Argus features the work of Haworth artist Judith Helme.
Painstakingly-created ceramic tiles featuring Keighley and Haworth landmarks are now on sale on eBay.
Haworth artist Judith Helme has made the six 3D pictures featuring locations such as Cliffe Castle Museum, East Riddlesden Hall and Keighley Library.
The Black Bull, Bronte Parsonage Museum and railway station, all in Haworth, also feature in the set.
Haworth photographer Stephen Hogg said each picture took several months to finish.
He said: “The six pieces of ceramic tile artwork were constructed by hand building and decorating each individual clay tile, moulding the tiles to represent local well-known buildings.
“Judith fired and glazed each separate tile, finely mounting them on a wooden board then grouting and framing them in solid oak frames.”
The items, which measure about 66cm x 50cm, can be found on eBay until June 20. (David Knights)
Here's the link to her eBay listing.

Keighley News reports a visit to Haworth by Paul Eryk Atlas, who plays Heathcliff in the new film adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
One of the stars due to appear in a new film adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights has visited Haworth.
Paul Eryk Atlas, who will play the part of Heathcliff in the Three Hedgehogs Films production of Wuthering Heights, came to the village earlier this month (June) for the first time since his childhood.
He explained: "It had become very clear to me that a visit to Haworth was well and truly overdue for several reasons.
"I've had the privilege of playing Heathcliff for over a year of filming – a very long time to be with a character, especially in screen acting – and during that time have become an epic fan of Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte, her siblings and their many great works.
"For me, visiting Haworth seemed the perfect way to say 'goodbye' to a character that I've come to cherish like a brother.
"My last visit was when I was much younger, I visited with a school friend one weekend when we were 12.
"Haworth is a stunning little place, even more so in the torrential rain which was the case when I returned. I don’t think the place could have felt more like the Yorkshire described in Wuthering Heights.
"The highlight for me was walking through the doors of the parsonage and seeing the table on which Emily wrote Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Jane Eyre. The emotion hit me like a brick wall, if I’m honest, it was a very humbling moment."
"Speaking with Rebecca Yorke of the Brontë Society was a pleasure, all at the parsonage made me feel very welcome."
Mr Atlas also walked to Top Withens, adding that the bad weather only helped make the experience even more atmospheric and worthwhile.
He said: "Our film Wuthering Heights is now off to post production. We have only one scene left to do.
"It is my first film and has been a mammoth challenge, especially to play such an iconic character, but one I feel I couldn’t have given more to.
"I've had the chance to get my teeth into some very gritty script and had to have a lot of specific combat and equestrian training.
"Overall it has been an incredible experience."
The film, which has a £100,000 budget, is being directed by Elisaveta Abrahall and also stars Sha'ori Morris as Catherine Earnshaw.
It is expected to be released next year, in time for the bi-centenary of Emily Bronte's birth.
Some of the filming has taken place on the moors outside Haworth, but most has been done amidst similar looking landscape in the Welsh Borders area. (Miran Rahman)
Sardines reviews the Richmond performances of Sally Cookson's Jane Eyre giving it 5 stars:
Nadia Clifford is outstanding as Jane, taking Bronte’s proto-feminist heroine from childhood through the Red Room to Thornfield Hall, love and beyond; and Tim Delap gives a more complex and nuanced Rochester than is usual in portrayals of the male leads in the novels of the Brontes and Jane Austen.
The third principal, among other work a member of the wonderful Ronnie Scott’s Rejects band, is Melanie Marshall whose Bertha Mason is a brooding presence as the story builds to its incendiary climax while, in her extraordinarily beautiful voice, she sings intermittent sidelights on Jane’s unfolding story, supported by a trio of onstage musicians that add extra magic throughout the production. The chorus is seamless and excellent but two members shine just a little brighter: Paul Mundell as, among others, Rochester’s dog, Pilot, capturing every nuance and element of dog down to the facial expressions and constant tail wagging; and the versatile Evelyn Miller who becomes - almost literally - a man in one of her three roles, every mannerism, every movement perfectly convincing.
Finally, this is a show where the sound and lighting matter almost as much as the acting, pulling the audience into the action, especially in a ferocious storm scene and in the final conflagration and its aftermath. (Louis Mazzini)
The AU Review (Australia) reviews the play The Moors:
Stephen Nicolazzo’s current production of the Jen Silverman play The Moors makes perfect use of this wonderful space. The play provides a satire on the isolated lives of the Bronte sisters living in a remote part of the foreboding Yorkshire Moors. It chronicles the arrival of a new idealistic Governess who upends the repressed and bleak family home, as we explore the stilted and sexually repressed lives of sisters Agatha and Hudley.  This is the Australian premiere of the show, which debuted in America in 2016. (Emily Wood)
Le Monde (France) reviews Lettres choisies de la famille Brontë, which was released a couple of months ago in France.
« On ne devrait jamais conserver de lettres comme les miennes – elles sont aussi dangereuses que des allumettes Lucifer… Jetez-les au feu ! » Cette consigne, ironique, Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) la tient de son mari, le prudent vicaire Arthur Nicholls, et elle la transmet à son amie, Ellen Nussey, destinataire de la plus grande partie de ses missives.
Arthur Nicholls ne s’y trompe pas : Charlotte écrit ce qu’elle pense, soucieuse avant tout de vérité, quitte à déranger quelques idées reçues. Cette exigence implacable fait de ces Lettres choisies de la famille Brontë, où sa voix prédomine, un roman aussi fascinant que l’œuvre de la fratrie. (Christine Jordis)
Writer Emma Curtis shares 10 things about herself on Female First.
I was reading the classics by the time I was ten, starting with Jane Eyre, retreating into fictional worlds when the harsh realities of school left me floundering. To me the characters were real, and I strive for that in my own writing.
Self-Publishing Review interviews writer Sandra Neily:
Who are your biggest writing inspirations and why?[...] I try to hear Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” once a year.
Wicked Local Weymouth interviews Emily Cataneo, another writer with a penchant for the Brontës,
Who and what has influenced you as a writer?My classic literature influences are the Brontë sisters, Oscar Wilde, Shirley Jackson and Angela Carter. My modern influences are Kelly Link, Margo Lanagan and Karen Russell, whose short stories really inspired me when I was younger. (Monica Jimenez)
Readings (Australia) sums up some of the things that were said during Reading Matters, 'a bi-annual celebration of youth literature'.
While in a discussion about teen romance, blogger Danielle Binks asked why we set books at school that promote unhealthy representations of love (Wuthering Heights anyone?) but then dismiss other romances. (Bronte Coates)
We are rather confused by this description of food in the Evening Standard:
Small plates from Padella, from the brains behind Trullo in Islington, include the cheesy pici cacio e pepe, are as moreish as an Emily Brontë novel. (Samuel Fishwick)
Herefordshire Live recommends Jasper FForde's The Eyre Affair as one of the books to give fathers for Father's Day. CheDonna (Italy) has a test for finding out which literary heroine you resemble the most, including Jane Eyre. Animal Político (Mexico) has a mock letter on Charlotte Brontë's dislike of of Jane Austen.

Finally, a moving tweet by the Brontë Parsonage:


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