Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Keighley News presents the new installation at the Brontë Parsonage Museum:
An illuminating evening in Haworth saw the launch of the latest exhibition at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Writer and artist Frank Cottrell-Boyce was watched by invited guests as he unveiled his innovative display about the Rev Patrick Brontë.
Guests were able to descend into the Parsonage’s cellar – usually closed to the public – to look around How My Light is Spent.
The installation explores Patrick’s memories and imagination as he recovered from a cataract operation aged 70, having already outlived his wife and two of his children.
The immersive installation combines elements of theatre, light and sound to create a memorable and moving experience for people of all ages.
Audiences will share Patrick’s experience of darkness, hear the memories he held dear and see the dreams and visions he shared with Charlotte, who had cared for him following the operation. It was at this time that she began to write Jane Eyre. (David Knights)
Two brief obituaries of two Brontëites of totally different backgrounds. Trek Today, Metro and several others report the death of the actress Barbara March (1953-2019):
Star Trek’s Barbara March has died aged 65 after a ‘cruel battle with cancer’. The actress was best known as her role as Lursa, one-half of the sisters of the Klingon House of Duras, and appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Generations. (...)
The post continued: ‘She was also an accomplished author, artist and poet. Her screen adaptation of her novella The Copper People will soon, I hope, be produced, as will her plays, The Razing of Charlotte Brontë (also available in Italian in a fine translation by Chandani Alesiani) and a comic satire, Pinteresque. (Cydney Yeates)
Examiner reports the death of John Appleyard (1951-2019):
A political activist, local historian and a prolific writer of letters to the Examiner and other newspapers has died aged 68.
John Appleyard, of Liversedge, was an active Labour Party campaigner. (...)
After moving to Liversedge following his retirement, he became an active member of the Spen Valley Civic Society and the Friends of Red House Museum in Gomersal. He also served as chairman of Firthcliffe Tenants and Residents’ Association and on North Kirklees Hate Crime Committee.
John had a special interest in Luddite, Chartist and Brontë local history and as a young man his interest in music included being lead guitarist in a local group. However, he gave up his involvement with the band to concentrate on politics. (Martin Shaw)
 The Telegraph & Argus also talks about the Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel UK List:
From Bradford, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire is included in the list, along with the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, which celebrates perhaps the best known literary siblings in the world.
The model village of Saltaire and iconic Salts Mill attract thousands of visitors every year, while Brontë fans flock to Haworth in their droves to see the landscape which inspired the sisters’ famous novels. (David Jagger)
An eclectic summer reading list in the Pikes Peak Courier:
Let's turn to one of the 19th century's great English novelists, Emily Brontë.  Born into a family of superb writers, Emily wrote the classic “Wuthering Heights,” which delves into primal passions, conflicted morality and the depths of human cruelty — and which shocked Victorian readers. Set on the English moors, it has elements of the Gothic novel which draw us into misty, countryside landscapes as well as the darker recesses of the human soul. (Philip Mella)
Bookriot recommends funny graphic novels:
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
The Hark! A Vagrant comics are funny, but you have to know something about the subject to appreciate the humor. Basically, Beaton breaks down history and literature with a bunch of one-liners and inside jokes. I will admit some of the humor goes straight over my head, but I love the jokes about the Brontës and Jane Austen. (Sarah Ullery)
The Telegraph considers Wide Sargasso Sea one of the books you need to pack if you go to the Caribbean:
Written as a prequel to Jane Eyre, Jean Rhys’ late literary masterpiece takes us deep into the life story of Bertha Rochester, the “Madwoman in the Attic” of Charlotte Brontë’s novel. Set in lush, balmy 1830s Jamaica, beautiful Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway’s romance with a young Englishman is at once a powerful study of betrayal and an unflinching depiction of colonialism. (Chris Moss)
The writer Aixa de la Cruz needs no excuses as Wide Sargasso Sea is one of her favourite books in InfoLibre:
Jane Eyre, de Charlotte Brontë. Ancho mar de los Sargazos, de Jean Rhys. Resulta muy fácil reconocer ese primer título colmado de buenas críticas y considerado como uno de los grandes clásicos de la literatura inglesa. La que no resulta tan reconocible es la segunda obra, libro que le da nombre a una réplica —y, a su vez, crítica— de Jane Eyre. Sin embargo, la escritora Aixa de la Cruz (Bilbao, 1988) confiesa, en la revista de Verano Libre, que le hubiera encantado escribir este segundo título. (...)
"Envidio la inteligencia de la propuesta, que combina el homenaje y la réplica, la ficción y el activismo político, al querer contar la historia de un personaje que Charlotte Brontë y su mundo silencian: la mujer mestiza, vendida en matrimonio como una esclava, encerrada y animalizada", señala Aixa de la Cruz, finalista en dos ocasiones del Premio Euskadi de Literatura por dos de sus obras —Cuando fuimos los mejores y De música ligera—. (Eva Gruss) (Translation)
The Professor is included in some reader's summer list in Der Standard (Germany). An obituary of a local resident and Brontëite in The Mayo News.


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