Saturday, October 07, 2017

Keighley News highlights a Wild Wednesday workshop planned for October half-term at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
The Brontë Parsonage Museum is hosting family events for October half-term including another Wild Wednesday workshop.
The drop-in workshop will be held at the Haworth museum on October 25, from 11am to 4pm and will allow children to make star paper garlands.
The workshop takes its inspiration from “Still and Bright in Twilight Shining”, the first line of a poem by Branwell Brontë, describing the evening star.
A spokesman said: “Stars have always inspired poets and artists, so come along and be inspired to create a beautiful star paper garland to take home.” (David Knights)
The Scarborough News recommends a walk around St Mary’s Church and Scarborough Castle.
Starting from St Mary’s Church, follow the footpath past Church Lane and the car park walling, noting a wall plaque reading, “Behind this wall lies the grave of Anne Brontë.” She died in lodgings on St Nicholas Cliff in 1849 when only 29 years old. It was hoped the sea air would cure her tuberculosis, but sadly it did not. (Maureen Robinson)
Ilkley Gazette takes a look at some of the events at the Ilkley Literature Festival and the news of a  project undertaken by writer Rachel Joyce:
Sunday featured illuminating contributions from four of the best known women writing today. Rachel Joyce presented The Music Shop, the story of Frank, whose unconventional mother gave him a deep love of music. Frank passes on its healing power to those around him and is the focus of his small community, aptly named Unity Street. Joyce has written many radio plays and has an acute ear for voices. She is currently adapting Wuthering Heights – a treat in store. (Claire Lomax)
The Yorkshire Post interviews writer Benjamin Myers about 'his' Yorkshire:
Name your favourite Yorkshire author/artist/performer and tell us why? I like the actor Malcolm McDowell. From early films such as ...if, A Clockwork Orange and O Lucky Man! through Our Friends In The North to Mozart In The Jungle he always steals his scenes. We’re spoilt for writers here too: David Storey, Pat Barker, David Peace, Barry Hines, the Brontë sisters. Glyn Hughes is a late, great poet who made a home in West Yorkshire too.
According to BuzzFeed, Wuthering Heights is one of '25 Books People Will Reread Again And Again'.
21. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
"Passion, desire and heartbreak are themes that I always want to read about, as they are things that drive so much of human behaviour. I first read Wuthering Heights when I was 15, but I’ve re-read it many times with then, and now my adult sensibilities find themes in it I probably missed as a teenager. Masochism, murder, incest and domestic violence haunt this seriously grown up novel. It’s the most compellingly passionate book I’ve ever read, and even more remarkable for the fact that Emily Brontë wrote it in 1845, living alone with her sisters and dysfunctional brother on a remote Yorkshire hillside." (Clover Stroud)
The New York Times reviews the graphic novel Thornhill, written and illustrated by Pam Smy.
Thornhill” also has ghostly echoes of Charlotte Brönte’s (sic) “Jane Eyre,” beginning with the similarity of its name to Thornfield, home of the glowering Mr. Rochester and his madwoman in the attic, where the orphaned Jane is governess. Is Mary a gentle Jane Eyre or the mad Bertha? I won’t tell you, and neither does Smy. (Lisa Brown)
Female First has writer Fiona Walker tell about her new novel The Country Set.
First and foremost there’s the heroes. I’ve written many a metrosexual man, edgy urbanite, razor sharp City boy and slacker, but it’s the born and bred rustic warrior we all seem to love. Bursting out of his Le Chameaus and corduroy with unreconstructed testosterone, wild of hair and wide of shoulder, he’s as practical as he is ruggedly romantic: he’ll calve a breech Dexter, fix your Mini’s clutch, share your claw-foot bath and pleasure you with the broad-fingered skills of a virtuoso pianist, all before the cock crows. There’s an edge of Heathcliff in all the best heroes, and he’s not in the suburbs.
According to Cornwall Live, Maria Brontë (née Branwell) is one of '51 men and women from Cornwall who changed the world'.
Maria Branwell (1783-1821)
Born and raised in Penzance, Maria met Patrick Brontë while visiting her aunt and uncle in Yorkshire, which means, yes, she was the mother of British authors Emily, Anne and Charlotte Brontë and their poet/painter brother Branwell. (Lee Trewhela)
Derbyshire Times reports that,
More than seven million ancient parish records detailing baptisms, marriages and burials across the county have been digitised and made available on the Ancestery website. [...]
Meanwhile, fans of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre can discover several records possibly serving as inspiration for the novel's eponymous heroine in the collections. (Michael Broomhead)
Meaning the actual Eyre family, we suppose.

On Facebook, The Brontë Parsonage Museum has shared pictures from a walk on the moors with TV presenter Julia Bradbury.

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