Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017 10:48 am by M. in , , , ,    No comments
An "energetic and imaginative” stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre comes to the county this week.
Keighley fans of the literary family can see the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic production at the Grand Theatre in Leeds.
Sally Cookson’s new adaptation of the 19th century novel was praised by critics and the public when it premiered last year. (David Knights)
Petrach's Muse reviews the production.

Diana Rigg remembers one of her first roles in theatre in People:
She wanted to be an actress after dying in a play
“It was an extremely overdramatic play called Wild Decembers,” Rigg recalls, of playing a dying Emily Brontë when she was a teen in the ’50s. “It was all about the Brontës, and they all, one after the other, died of tuberculosis. I remember taking every opportunity to cough over other people’s lines.” (Kara Warner)
Wild Decembers by Clemence Dane was originally published in 1932.

The Columbus Dispatch reviews The Lying Game by Ruth Ware:
While Ware’s earlier novels played with the devices of the classic amateur detective novel, this one harks back to Gothic sources, with a touch of the Brontë sisters and a nod to Daphne du Maurier. (Margaret Quamme)
The Stuff talks about the documentary film Swagger of Thieves which follows the history of the band HLAH (Head Like a Hole). We were surprised to find an image such as this:
Film maker Julian Boshier is behind the camera with Head Like a Hole guitarist Nigel Regan, who is playing against type by reading Jane Eyre in the tour van. Credit Picture: Julian Boshier (Philip Matthews)
Cambridge News is quite worried about the following:
Ever wondered what you could achieve while you're struck on a train or waiting in traffic on your daily commute?
A commuting calculator created by will show you all the things you could do in the time it takes to get to and from work.
We decided to punch in some numbers to see what an average Cambridge commuter might achieve.
According to, the average journey time from Cambridge Station to London Liverpool Street is one hour and 20 minutes, making a daily commute of two hours and 40 minutes. (...)
Your commute time over a week would be 800 minutes, in which time you could apparently read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë six times, or watch every Harry Potter film back to back three times.
Washington Examiner explores the works of Shannon Burns:
The same is true of another of his autobiographical essays, "The Lumpen Critic," in which he recounts how, as a teen living in a makeshift house with no electricity or gas and walking 90 minutes each way to and from a job on the docks, he read books like Wuthering Heights and Ulysses by the light of a nearby train station. (Michael Barone)
The Times interviews the playwright Zinnie Harris:
If she feels pressure, she seems preternaturally calm, sitting at the kitchen table of her flat in Edinburgh. There’s something reminiscent of a famous portrait of Charlotte Brontë about her: determined, independent, intelligent. These are qualities that help, I guess, if you’re a mother of three school-age children, but have a yen for adapting a 2,000-year-old Greek tragedy for the 21st-century stage. (Mike Wade)
The Independent (Ireland) interviews the artist Mercedes Helnwein exploring her relationship with Ireland:
They arrived, late one Christmas Eve. "It was a very turbulent landing," she recalls. "We were in a storm, but we were so excited. The airport was empty, the streets were empty, because it was Christmas. My mom had found an apartment in Dublin, a base from which we could look for somewhere to live. We drove around and looked at a few places, one of them was the castle. It looked very different at the time. The gardens were bare, nothing planted, it was a bit Wuthering Heights. We just really liked it." (Emily Hourican)
The Nation (Nigeria) talks about some internal political Biafra-related internal affairs and quotes Charlotte Brontë:
Against the law of gravity and motion, they want to leave, and they want to stay. No courage to state in a clear-head sentence the logic of their position. It’s like the quote from Charlotte Brontë in her famous novel, Jane Eyre. She said, “I was not heroic enough to purchase liberty at the price of caste.” If ethnic entrepreneur [Nnamdi] Kanu sees his group as a sort of caste, he and his group should congratulate [Yerima] Shettima. (Sam Omatseye)
Actualidad Literaria (in Spanish) briefly comments on several Wuthering Heights film adaptations. TNE-Nerd Experience (in Italian) reviews Wuthering Heights. Margie's Must Reads reviews Sarah Shoemaker's Mr. Rochester.


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