Saturday, July 07, 2018

Financial Times publishes the poem that Jeanette Winterson has written for the Brontë Stones project:
BRONTESAURUS
Fossil record of a miracle
Bone by Bone
Word for Word
Three Women writing the Past into the Future
Line by Line
Listen to the Wildfell of your heart
Do not betray what you love
The earth opens like a book
You are come back to me then?
BRONTISSIMO.
The Stormy House project in Keighley News:
Year four children from Haworth Primary School have explored Japanese culture and art in a series of workshops organised through the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
The youngsters worked alongside Whitestone Arts to take part in six "Stormy House" Workshops over half term.
Stormy House is a three-year project bridging Japanese and European childhoods, cultures and literature, based around the ghost scenes from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and Japanese ghost tales collected and translated by writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn. (...)
"The aim is to make a film of the ghost tales, using pictures of silhouettes and this is going to be shown at the Brontë Parsonage." (Miran Rahman)
Prudish people around, please avoid the following paragraph. Caitlin Moran plays the épater-le-bourgeois trick in The Toronto Star:
The smoking, hard-drinking, profane and precocious young woman sexualizes everything and everybody, including her favourite classic authors. “I bet all the Bronte sisters wanked a lot,” she writes, adding that Moby Dick’s “first few pages are basically Melville crushing on the hotness of Queequeg.”
A claim difficult to substantiate, though.

BookPage reviews Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows's My Plain Jane:
Anyone who loves Brontë’s classic novel will find this supernatural, romantic sendup to be clever and hilarious. At the end of the story, Charlotte reads from her future novel, and Jane approves: “Your readers will eat it up.” Charlotte nervously admits that she doesn’t have any readers yet, but it’s a sure bet she’ll have a lot more after readers finish My Plain Jane.
The Daily Mail talks about the TV series Picnic at Hanging Rock:
Did she worry about reinventing a national treasure? ‘If you Google reviews, we got away with it,’ she laughs.
‘Of course, there was a lot of scepticism. It’s like our Dickens or Brontës. But an incredible original text can be reinvented. 
Buxton Advertiser talks about the annual well dressing festival:
This year the petallers decorating the wells will be marking 100 years since the women won the right to vote, and one of the wells will honour the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë. (Lucy Ball)
Here, you can see what seems to be the Emily Brontë decoration in the making.

The Herald reviews Helen Dunmore's Girl, Balancing & Other Stories:
In the Past section, Dunmore gives voice to Grace Poole, the servant who looked after the first Mrs Rochester in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In Grace’s eyes, Jane Eyre is a sly, conniving creature, while Mrs Rochester is just a troubled soul who is being unfairly treated by her husband. It is fascinating to read part of the classic tale from a different viewpoint, with Jane being the villain of the piece. Grace says of Jane, ‘you could put your hand through Miss Eyre and never grasp her’. (Shirley Whiteside)
Gyles Brandreth's fix on culture in The Times:
I’m having a fantasy dinner party, I’ll invite these artists and authors . . .
William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Aphra Behn (a spy as well as the first woman to earn her living as a writer), the three Brontë sisters (a bit of a coup) and James Baldwin (author of Giovanni’s Room and the greatest talker I’ve ever heard).
Connecting the curriculum with current events in the New York Times:
Take a look at what students told us, from how the #MeToo movement relates to “Jane Eyre,” to the parallels between Tulip Mania in the 17th century and Bitcoin today, to how the problem of “fake news” surfaces in “The Great Gatsby.” (Katherine Schulten)
The Stanly News and Press defines Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights” seemed so romantic to me then. Now, Heathcliff comes across as a sociopath.
Fuera de Series (Spain) reviews the latest episode of The Handmaids' Tale:
El personaje de Eleanor, aumenta la ambigüedad de Joseph dibujándolo como una suerte del Edward Rochester de Jane Eyre, o del John de El papel amarillo. (Valentina Morillo) (Translation)

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