Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:15 am by Cristina in , , , , ,    No comments
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner tells about Kirklees Council offering Mary Taylor's former home to Friends of Red House when the group no longer existed.
Kirklees Council tried to sell one of its museums to a community group that no longer existed, it is claimed. [...]
The Examiner has learned that the council’s bid to asset transfer the venue to volunteers has failed, despite three bids from interested groups.
Following the unsuccessful process, council officials wrote to the Friends of Red House Museum asking if they could raise the funds to buy the property.
But the group had been wound up in January and so did not respond.
The future of the Grade 2 listed museum – which showcases the home of Mary Taylor and her links with author Charlotte Brontë – is now unknown.
It is thought the council will attempt to sell the small estate to a private buyer.
Michael McGowan from Red House Generation Group, whose bid was turned down by Kirklees officers, has lashed out at the “inadequate and seriously flawed” asset transfer process.
Mr McGowan, a former Labour Member of the European Parliament, has written a scathing letter to council bosses, accuses the council of “cultural vandalism” and questions the expertise of the officials involved in the process.
Mr McGowan says neither elected councillors nor officers from the museums and galleries service were involved in the decision making panel that turned down the bids.
He said: “We were told that the group Friends of Red House had been written to and offered six weeks to declare an interest in buying the property and then they would have six months to raise the funds.
“But it has been widely reported in the local press that the Friends of Red House no longer exists. It is surprising that Kirklees Council are ignorant of this situation.
“It undermines total confidence in the process to be informed that Kirklees had written to a group that does not exist.”
His letter continues: “It is now sad that the Spen Valley is being robbed of its one centre of history and heritage with the selling off of this priceless community resource.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said it would “consider the points raised” in Mr McGowan’s letter and respond directly, adding: “We wrote to The Friends of Red House because they had submitted a Community Right to Bid application for Red House Museum, which was accepted and published on the council’s website. (Nick Lavigueur)
BookRiot offers 'Honest plot summaries of 19th-century novels', including
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë: His first wife was in the attic the whole time, but the heroine marries him anyway. [...]
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë: The two worst people in the world fall in love, unfortunately for the people around them who have to put up with their nonsense. (Kathleen Keenan)
USA Today's Happy Ever After interviews writer Juliette Cross, who
From the moment she read Jane Eyre as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. (Joyce Lamb)
This columnist from The Times tells about the 'anxiety' he feels whenever his kids go to him with a question:
Point being, this ad is my worst nightmare. I have enormous levels of anxiety when it comes to being the “omniscient dad’’ figure. I just don’t think I’m there. I have three children and whenever I see them approaching with a book in hand I break out into cold sweats, and think: “Holy shit! No history please. No chemistry. And definitely no maths. And no comparative religion either. Just something nice and easy. Like the novels of the Brontë sisters or something from physics with a Bunsen burner, preferably distillation.” (Kevin Maher)
Bunsen burners sound more about chemistry, though.

Finally, an alert from Gaylord, MI:
Sarah Shoemaker will be available for a reading and signing of her first historical fiction novel, "Mr. Rochester," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Saturn Booksellers, 127 W. Main St.
Shoemaker, an Illinois native and world traveler, will share with listeners the secrets of Edward Fairfax Rochester of "Jane Eyre" fame. Shoemaker will give insights into the perspective of the enigmatic "Mr. Rochester" as she relates the secrets of an 8-year-old boy banished from his home, his journey to Jamaica and his entanglement there with an enticing heiress. (Gaylord Herald Times)

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