Saturday, March 24, 2018

Tourism is an important contributor to Yorkshire's economy, Keighley News reports:
Tourism is now worth a whacking £8 billion to the region’s economy.
The flabbergasting figure was revealed at a major event staged by Welcome to Yorkshire.
Draws such as Haworth, which attracts Brontë enthusiasts from across the world, and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are among big contributors.
The £8 billion – unveiled at the Y18 conference at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre – is 14 per cent up on 2011, when the last research was carried out.
The latest figure comes following an independent study conducted by Sheffield Hallam University. (Alistair Shand)
A top of ten of England's must-see sites in the Evening Standard:
Yorkshire Dales
Admittedly the Yorkshire Dales do face stiff competition when it comes to parts of Northumberland and the Peak District but there is something truly unique about this corner of the country.
Encompassing thousands of square miles of moors, valleys, hills and villages, it’s this area that inspire literary greats such as Charles Dickens, the Brontë sisters and Lewis Carroll.
Go and you’ll soon see why. (Alice Howarth)
And the Brontë Parsonage Museum Shop has a nomination for the upcoming Museum Heritage Awards in the Best Shop under £500k category.

The Reviews Hub reviews the performances in Barnsley of Jane Eyre. An Autobiography:
The excellent adaptation is more than matched by Rebecca Vaughan’s remarkable performance. Elegantly simple as the staging is, with a sail sweeping up from the floor as a backcloth and a single ottoman as furniture, its uniform greyness relies on the actor to provide colour – and that Vaughan most certainly does, with the aid of Martin Tucker’s imaginative lighting plot. (Ron Simpson)
The Weekend Australian talks about Norman Mailer's library:
The earliest British book on his shelves was Charlotte Brontë’s final novel, Villette (1853). The book “shows no dog ears”, Lennon drily remarks. There was no Jane Austen, no Charles Dickens, no Anthony Trollope, no Thomas Hardy. The uncrumpled Brontë and the absent Austen goes to another issue that is burning today: whether good artists can survive being bad people. Mailer was considered a male chauvinist; some would say a misogynist. In 1960 he stabbed and almost killed his second wife, Adele Morales. After a short stint in the nut house he pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence. (Stephen Romei)
The Guardian reviews the new Steven Soderbergh film, Unsane:
Many films, however, have stuck to the sexist idea of the mad, wild woman. It would be great, for instance, to see a film or TV adaptation attempting to update the story of Jane Eyre to render Bertha Mason – the original mad woman in the attic – more sympathetically. (Hannah Jane Parkinson)
Refinery29 describes like this the new release by Snail Mail, Pristine:
Her vocal sound is a throwback to the golden era of '90s indie rock, sort of like Liz Phair but with less sex and more of an Emily Brontë by way of Degrassi vibe. (Courtney E. Smith)
Jezebel interviews Ted Scheinman, author of  Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan:
Stassa Edwards: That brings me to a broader point that you make in the book, namely that there is a multitude of Jane Austens. There’s this technically accomplished Jane celebrated by these men, but for the women of Austenworld, she can be many things. I read your book thinking that this flexibility that allows for her to inhabit multiple identities depending on the reader seems really particular to Austen. Why is it Austen and not, say, a Brontë sister? 
Ted Scheinman: This is an enduring question. I don’t have a complete answer, but I think there are a few things. One of them is the sort of perfect degree of negative space left around her biography. We know a whole lot about how she spoke to her family, we have a great sense of how she wrote to them because we have a bunch of her letters, but we don’t have most of them. We’ve been told specifically that the most interesting letters were all burned. We can take that with a grain of salt, but there’s a lot of space around what we know about her and a lot of questions.
La Opinión de Murcia (Spain) recommends books for reading in holidays:
'Cumbres borrascosas' (1847), Emily Brontë
Qué mejor manera que celebrar el 200º aniversario del nacimiento de Emily Brontë que leyendo esta Semana Santa uno de sus clásicos más universales. Este clásico se ha convertido en la gran novela romántica por excelencia, llegando a inspirar películas, secuelas o incluso canciones. Criticada en su época, 'Cumbres borrascosas' fue una obra adelantada a su tiempo en la que la intensidad y la locura se palpan en cada página. (C.G.) (Translation)
Vilaweb (in Catalan) vindicates the writer Caterina Albert (aka Víctor Català):
Deia [Gabriel] Ferrater que com que no té un context previ de novel·la com la Brontë de Cims borrascosos de vegades desconeix alguns recursos narratius i doncs se’ls inventa. Quan se li fa una esquerda al text, ella l’omple amb pensaments i sensacions. (Mercè Ibarz) (Translation)
Marie Claire (Italy) resuscitates the misleading statement that Austen and the Brontës are the godmothers of romantic fiction:
Chiamare oggi Jane Austen “un’autrice di romanzi rosa” farà accapponare la pelle a molti. Così come non si può più considerare narrativa leggera la produzione delle sorelle Brontë. Ma queste quattro signore sono tutte autrici di riferimento delle loro discendenti (Stephenie Meyer le cita spesso nella saga di Twilight, ad esempio). Per cui è necessario partire da loro che sono la base, e leggere assolutamente, almeno: Orgoglio e Pregiudizio (1813) ed Emma, della Austen; Jane Eyre (di Charlotte Brontë, 1847), Cime tempestose (di Emily, 1847) La signora di Wildfell Hall (di Anne, 1847). No, non sono noiosi solo perché vecchi. Tutt’altro. (Debora Attanasio)(Translation)
Sydsvenskan (Sweden) talk about the singer Sarah Perry:
Som det yngsta barnet i en baptistisk fembarnsfamilj växte hon upp i ett hem utan tv och popmusik, men med riklig tillgång till klassisk musik och böcker som "Jane Eyre", "Tess av d'Urberville" och kung James bibel från 1616. (Translation)
Tips (Austria) features the Gmunden performances of Jane Eyre. The Musical. Volksblatt reviews the production:
Nach rund drei Stunden zeigt sich das Publikum begeistert von Ensemble und Orchester. Zu Recht Standing Ovations. (Eva Hammer) (Translation)
The Irish Times gives away tickets for the Belfast performances of the Northern Ballet performances of Jane EyreScriblerians posts about Jane Eyre. The Japan Brontë Society Blog posts about the recent Kansai conference.

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