Friday, August 09, 2019

Optometry Today highlights the new installation at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
A new immersive installation at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in West Yorkshire will recreate the cataract experience of the father of Charlotte and Emily Brontë.
The exhibition, which runs from 10 August to 7 September, combines light and sound to share Patrick Brontë’s memories and imagination as he recovered from a cataract operation.
A description on the Brontë Parsonage Museum’s website highlighted that Mr Brontë travelled to Manchester for a cataract operation at the age of 70.
“After the surgery, he lay still in a darkened room for weeks to heal, being cared for by Charlotte. It was at this time that she began to write Jane Eyre.”
The installation has been created by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the Brontë Society’s 2019 creative partner.
The Wall Street Journal's word of the street is 'screed':
 Charlotte Brontë, in her 1848 novel “Shirley,” describes a “screed, or frill of the cap” which “stood a quarter of a yard broad round the face of the wearer.” 
The fascinating story of Larimore Foster's Larry: Thought of Youth in The Albany Times-Union:
On his way to Arizona, he plays the banjo on the train, stops by to see Aunt Ida in Santa Fe and plays cards with some fellow passengers. And he also finishes reading "Jane Eyre," which he describes as a "darn good yarn." Throughout "Larry" he talks about the books he's reading and what he thinks of them. (Donna Liquori)
The Lancashire Telegraph presents this year's Pendle Walking Festival:
Pendle’s history includes the dramatic true story of the Pendle Witches of 1612 and walks include visiting Wycoller’s atmospheric ruined hall, the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
And this year more women have volunteered as walk leaders than ever before. (Jonathan Grieve
A curious story in the Ascot Windsor & Eton Express:
Eight newborn kittens found abandoned in a Slough cemetery earlier this year are now looking forward to living in safe homes.
The kittens, of different ages and from different litters, were found by a member of the public in June before being brought into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.
The Battersea staff have decided to name the octet after famous gothic writers: Edgar, Poe, Shelley, King, Brontë, Oscar, Daphne and Dante, due to their spooky circumstances. (Kieran Bell)
Washingon City Paper and new Washington D.C. writers:
[Randon Billings] Noble gives us essays that elevate the rawness of real life with an overarching theme of hauntedness. From hard choices to characters in classic literature, from a near-death experience to past lovers, she has written a book that appeals to readers of both modern pop culture magazines and Emily Brontë. (Hannah Grieco)
Radio Praha interviews Ivan Hronec from the Film Europe Media Company:
We frequently show winning films from festivals and we also show classics. In the programme for instance from June (which is still screening), we are showing a documentary about the Spitfire plane, or a film called Beats by Brian Welsh, a very young Scottish director. The film is about the Scottish revolt music scenes from the 80s. Or classics, like Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold – so the very classic films, by modern British directors. (Noemi Korn)
Society19 prepares you for the upcoming fall with books:
Wuthering Heights
Considered to be a classic Gothic novel, this book by Emily Brontë tells a story of love, loss, disappointment and despair. Panned by many as being pretentious and full of unlikeable characters, Wuthering Heights is best for those hopeless romantics who want to feel like their life isn’t so bad once they’ve read this harrowing story of Cathy and Heathcliff. And who says characters always have to be likeable for their story to be told?
Wuthering Heights is one of the ultimate romance novels that is an accurate reflection of many real-life relationships, where despite the true love-it just wasn’t meant to be, which is a heartbreaking story many can relate to. It’s also set against a gray, demure backdrop, where everything just seems tired and endless-very dreary indeed. If you’re into the tragic elements of Romeo & Juliet, Wuthering Heights is the perfect Gothic book to read this fall. (Reagan Bailey)
Abus de Ciné (France) reviews Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu:
Cette parenthèse de liberté est l’épicentre de cette grande fresque romantique. Le talent d’écriture de Céline Sciamma (récompensé du Prix du scénario à Cannes) s’approprie à merveille les codes du genre pour nous emmener dans un passionnant récit digne de Charlotte Brontë en littérature ou de "La leçon de piano" au cinéma. Sur fond de chronique sociale, la réalisatrice tisse méticuleusement le canevas d’une grande histoire d’amour. Cette passion tout d’abord étouffée par les interdits explose le temps de quelques jours où les héroïnes vont pouvoir vivre et expérimenter tout ce qu’elles désirent. (Gaëlle Bouché) (Translation)
Globo (Brazil) mentions the Brontës use of pseudonyms. The Japan Brontë Society blog informs of the upcoming (October 12) 34th  National Convention.


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