Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Diane Fare's Chapter & Verse monthly column in Keighley News closes the Patrick year and announces Anne's year at the Parsonage:
Patrick's year is drawing to a close, and as much as we’ve enjoyed focusing attention on the ‘father of genius’, we’re all really excited about next year, and we’re full steam ahead with our 2020 planning.
Next year’s programme will shine a light on the life and legacy of the youngest Brontë sister Anne, who in many ways is a more shadowy figure than her sisters, and yet her fiction was decades ahead of its time, so we’re looking forward to exploding some myths about Anne!
Anne’s 200th birthday is on January 17, which is rather inconvenient for us, as the museum is closed during January whilst we carry out conservation and maintenance work and have an early spring clean!
But Anne’s birthday will not pass unmarked, as we’ll be celebrating by previewing our new Anne Brontë exhibition in the Bonnell Room. The rest of the museum will still be under wraps, and so for Anne’s birthday only, admission is free, and all are welcome to visit the exhibition between 10am and 3.30pm.
Just a few days prior to Anne’s birthday, we’ll be screening To Walk Invisible at West Lane Baptist Centre on January 13 at 1pm. In previous years we’ve shown the 1939 Hollywood classic Wuthering Heights and the 1946 biopic Devotion, but this year we thought we’d show the grittier To Walk Invisible, first aired on BBC at the end of 2016. All are welcome, and the screening is free.
On the evening of Anne’s birthday, we’re joining forces with Thornton’s South Square Centre, to celebrate in style at the Delius Art and Cultural Centre in Bradford, at 7.30pm with an exciting line-up of musicians, poets and DJs.
Anne is often thought of as the ‘other Brontë’, less famous than her sisters, but she was a talented novelist, poet, visual artist and musician. This event is inspired by her creativity and promises to be great fun! It is a ‘Pay What You Feel’ event, so there is no set ticket price and no booking required, so just turn up and pay what you want! (...)
Our popular Parsonage Wrapped event takes place on Saturday January 18 at 2pm, where we offer an opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes during the museum’s closed period. You get exclusive access during our busiest time of year, and the chance to experience the museum as you’ve never seen it before. (...)
More next time about our 2020 programme, but I can reveal that we have the brilliant Maggie O’Farrell joining us in June, along with Young Adult author Ruta Sepetys, and in April, Andrew Michael Hurley will be in Haworth discussing his new novel Starve Acre.
The Hartford Courant recommends local upcoming shows for 2020:
Jane Eyre
Feb. 13 to March 15 at Hartford Stage
Elizabeth Williamson, who was associate artistic director at Hartford Stage when Darko Tresnjak ran the place, and has happily stayed on there under new Artistic Director Melia Bensussen, is renowned as a dramaturg (including on the Broadway hit “The Inheritance”), director (including the Hartford Stage productions of “Cloud 9,” “Henry V” and “Seder”) and adaptor/translator (including Hartford Stage’s “La Dispute”). All these skills will be on display when Williamson directs her own new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s mysterious romance. (Christopher Arnott)
As much as we loathe astrology we quite like this comment of the horoscope section of The Valley Advocate:
When she was 31, Taurus writer Charlotte Brontë finished writing her novel Jane Eyre. She guessed it would have a better chance of getting published if its author was thought to be a man. So she adopted the masculine pen name of Currer Bell and sent the manuscript unsolicited to a London publisher. Less than eight weeks later, her new book was in print. It quickly became a commercial success. I propose that we make Brontë one of your role models for 2020, Taurus. May she inspire you to be audacious in expressing yourself and confident in seeking the help you need to reach your goals. May she embolden you, too, to use ingenious stratagems to support your righteous cause. (Rob Brezsny)
The Huffington Post recommends slow travel by train:
North Yorkshire Moor Railway - Pickering to Whitby
The North York Moors are romance personified. Think Wuthering Heights. Jane Eyre. The Secret Garden. Is there anywhere more ruggedly beautiful? Probably not. So get a train across the moors to see them at their best. Start off in the ancient market town of Pickering on the border of the moors and end your trip in arguably the best seaside town in the UK - ready to climb the 99 steps, eat your weight in soft rock and spend all your money on jet in one of Whitby’s many gothic jewellery and crystal shops. (Miranda Larbi)
Christian Today puts Jane Eyre as an example of soulmates. We are not convinced, but here it is:
Watching the movie Jane Eyre recently, I was moved again at the strength of the power of love in the story. I had read the book many years ago, but the reminder of the story showed me just how far we, as a society, have drifted away from the idea that our God is big enough to create and predestine us to meet our soulmate and so become ‘one’. (Rebecca Moore)
Página 12 (Argentina) discusses the life and work of Norah Borges:
Aunque decía que no necesitaba leer porque entre su marido y su hermano lo habían leído todo, era una gran lectora; leía y en especial releía constantemente, y, como mi tío, prefería decididamente lo inglés: The Wonderful Visit de Wells, Conan Doyle, Katherine Mansfield, Galsworthy, Kim de Kipling, Wilde, los cuentos del padre Brown, Wilkie Collins, Los papeles de Aspern y Otra vuelta de tuerca, Dickens, Drácula (Frankenstein no), las hermanas Brontë, Kangaroo de Lawrence, los cuentos con fantasmas ingleses (“Mrs. Veal”, “Carmilla”), Flush de Virginia Woolf, The Lilac Fairy Book de Andrew Lang… (Miguel de Torre Borges) (Translation)
O Barquinho Cultural (Brazil) is all for female authors:
É claro que essa visão se alterou desde então, algo que não seria possível sem a interferência revolucionária de autoras como Jane Austen e as irmãs Brontë. Todos os livros escritos por Austen são protagonizados por mulheres que quebram os padrões de submissão estabelecidos anteriormente e cujas personalidades diferem entre si, pois cada uma delas tem suas nuances, algo que a escritora soube expressar bem em todas as suas heroínas e outras mulheres que interagem com elas no decorrer da trama. Considerada uma das primeiras obras feministas da história ao abordar a liberdade das mulheres no contexto de uma sociedade patriarcal, o livro “Jane Eyre”, de Charlotte Brontë, além de discutir o papel na sociedade ao qual as mulheres foram obrigadas a ocupar contra a vontade, também questiona outro estereótipo atribuído a elas: a loucura. (Priscila Visconti) (Translation)
The Sisters' Room publishes a post by the Art Historian Elena Lago about the Christmas cards from the Brontës.

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