Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Telegraph and Argus reports the reaction of the Brontë Society after receiving support from Arts Council England.
Yesterday Arts Council England announced a package of support from arts groups across the country, and around £2 million will go to Bradford groups. [...]
The Brontë Society (which runs the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth) - £119,200 [...]
The pandemic led to the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth shutting for the longest period in its 92 year history.
Trish Gurney, Chair of the Brontë Society Board of Trustees, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has presented us with some of the most challenging circumstances we have ever found ourselves in. 
"There is still some uncertainty ahead but the award from the Culture Recovery Fund means we can face the future with more confidence and ensure that we can continue to fulfil our mission to bring the Brontës to the world and the world to Yorkshire.
"We are very grateful to Arts Council England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for their award and for the public recognition of our contribution to culture in the UK.” (Chris Young)
We are very glad to hear that.

Still locally, The Telegraph and Argus also informs about three wedding venues made to shut down over 'Covid breaches', including one with a Brontë connection.
The necessary Covid-19 safety measures were also not being followed at each venue, with a lack of social distancing, especially at arrival and departure.
The Gomersal Lodge Hotel, on Spen Lane, is a Grade II listed building, with a permanent marquee in its grounds used for functions such as weddings. The building, formerly known as High Royd, was built for Mary Taylor, a long-time friend of Charlotte Brontë. Mary's family lived at nearby Red House, which later became the museum. (Jo Winrow)
Galway Advertiser recommends 'Films to watch on cold October nights' such as
Jane Eyre: Next week Netflix is releasing probably my personal most anticipated film of the year in Ben Wheatley's Rebecca, a remake of the Hitchcock film and based on the Daphne De Maurier novel. Rebecca is De Maurier’s spin on the Brontë classic so it might work revisiting this really quite good 2011 adaptation. Directed by Cary Fukunaga, who went on to do the first brilliant season of True Detective, it is a fun, muddy, and wet film that is not quite as romantic as it could/should be but it is beautifully made with some great performances. (Ben O'Gorman)
Diario 16 (Spain) interviews writer José Ángel Mañas who mentions Emily Brontë as a writer who wrote about what she knew. Henley Standard quotes Emily Brontë's poems 'Fall, leaves, fall'. A couple of blogs discuss two related aspects of Jane Eyre: Bookstr writes 'in defence of Antoinette Cosway Mason, the original Mrs Rochester' and marietoday wonders whether Jane really should have married Mr Rochester.

Finally, the Brussels Brontë Blog reports on a recent Zoom talk by Karen Hewitt on 'the English gentleman' in Villette.

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