Wednesday, April 21, 2021


First of all, Keighley News has a lovely article/slideshow for Charlotte Brontë's birthday with pictures of 'some of the places around Haworth which inspired Charlotte and her sisters' both historical and recent. In these days of travel bans and quarantines, they are a joy to see. Don't miss it.

Polskie Radio (Poland) and Monopoli (Greece) also have celebratory articles on Charlotte with special reference to Jane Eyre. And the Brontë Parsonage Museum shared this on Twitter:
The Scarborough News look at recent proposals to try and boost tourism in the area.
Other ideas included the promotion of walking routes and the area’s historic nature, such as its links to Anne Brontë. (Carl Gavaghan)
Dance Magazine interviews director-choreographer Cathy Marston and asks her about the atrocious review her Jane Eyre got in The New York Times a few years ago.
Dance and language also intersect in criticism. The New York Times published a strong response to Jane Eyre by Gia Kourlas. What strategies have you developed to support the press in its assessment of your work?
The New York Times review is actually the only review I've knowingly not read. It was a huge thing, ABT premiering Jane Eyre at the Met. I had two very close friends there and they both told me, "Don't read it." I mean, I got the gist—it sounded awful. When you read reviews, a turn of phrase can linger and leave a bitter taste in the mouth, even if you disagree. (Zachary Whittenburg)
The Yorkshire Post has an article on the filming locations used during the shooting of the second season of Gentleman Jack.
The cast have also ventured to Brontë Country for scenes at Penistone Hill Country Park near Haworth, and the real-life country home of Anne's schoolfriend and lover Isabella Norcliffe, Langton Hall near Malton, has also been used. Isabella, played by Joanna Scanlan, is introduced as a character in the new series. (Grace Newton)
Looper recommends Heartbreak High, a ''90s Australian Teen Drama You Can Binge On Netflix'.
Heartbreak High even had its own Zack Morris. His name was Bogdan Drazic, played by actor Callan Mulvey. The character was a rebellious misfit introduced during the show's fifth season with a skater style, class-clown proclivities, and an eyebrow ring. The Guardian called him "Heathcliff in rollerblades." (Helen A. Lee)
New York Post reports the death of songwriter Jim Steinman (1947-2021):
The enigmatic songwriter was known for drawing inspiration from the arts. His song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” most famously performed by French-Canadian icon Dion in 1996, was said to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights.” Critics hailed Dion’s recording as a “highlight” of her English-language music career, undoubtedly paving the way for her global, decade-spanning success. (Hannah Sparks)
Finally, Book(ish) has an article on why 'Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ is the best literature-inspired song on everyone’s playlist'.

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