Monday, May 25, 2015

Jane Discussed in Dunn County

A bookclub in Menomoni, Dunn County  (WI):
Mabel’s Book Club 2015:
May 26, 7 p.m. in the Reading Room at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Focus is books from the era of Mabel Tainter, discussion facilitated by Dr. Maura Dunst of UW-Stout’s English and Philosophy Dept.

This month’s book: Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte. For info, email; visit, call 715-235-0001, ext. 105, or check out Mabel’s Book club on Facebook.

Charlotte's letter

The Telegraph reports on the Letters Live event at Hay Festival where

Sherlock actress Louise Brearley, whose auburn hair glowed orange on a giant screen behind her, read with shaky grief a letter from Charlotte Brontë about her recently dead sister (Gaby Wood)
Similarly, you can watch the actress read the same letter on BBC Newsnight about a month ago.

A high school senior writes 'in defence of literature' for the Albany Democrat-Herald.
While I personally would make Atwood's book mandatory for our class, it was presented to us with an alternative: "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Brontë. Comparably tame in its descriptions, yet still a valuable piece of literature, this should have warded off any concerns. (Sydney Roberts)
Los Angeles Times looks into 'traditional gender roles':
In the 19th century, fastidiousness was not only considered normal for men, it was expected.
"Victorian fiction is abundant with examples of fastidious bachelors," the Victorian expert Maeve Adams told me, citing Roger Hamley of "Wives and Daughters," Edward Rochester of "Jane Eyre" and Sherlock Holmes. (Amanda Marcotte)
A Life Among Pages reviews...erm Jurassic Jane Eyre;  Allergic to the Sun is reading Jane Eyre.

May half-term activities at the Parsonage

May half-term activities at the Museum
Fun for all the family
Come and join us during the half-term holiday and enhance your visit by participating in one of our activities.

Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 May: 2pm Talk:
Brontës for Beginners: a short introduction to the Brontë sisters and three of their great novels, 'Wuthering Heights', 'Jane Eyre' and 'The Tenant of Wildfell Hall'.  The talks will take place in the churchyard (or inside the Museum if the weather is a bit wet and wuthering.)

Wednesday 27 May 11am - 3.30pm: Art workshop
Create a Brontë bird with artist Julia Ogden. A drop-in art workshop based on the birds that inhabit Haworth and the moors, using mono-printing with textured materials. A great opportunity to explore colour and texture and create a beautiful piece of art to take home with you.

Thursday 28 May 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm:
Storytelling with Christine McMahonListen to Christine's tales of folk and fairies.  Who knows, you might be inspired to go and write your own - just like the Brontës did!

All activities are free with admission to the Museum. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It is time I read it again

The writer Jane Caro chooses Jane Eyre as one of the 'books that changed me' in The Sydney Morning Herald:

I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book. The last time was aloud to my (then) teenage daughters. The first time I read it I was quite young and I was captivated by the fact that Jane was inwardly vehement, passionate and rebellious, yet outwardly small and plain. I identified with that contradiction strongly. I love the grand guignol of Thornfield and the mad Bertha Rochester. I love that Rochester must be tamed and Jane made independent before Bronte allows them to marry. It is time I read it again. As a girl, Jane Eyre gave me hope.

A local Nigerian writer, Tola Adeniyi, remembers how his youth in The Sun News:
I had earlier started off as an Akewi on Radio Nigeria at 16, published Teen Agers Must Repent at 17 and published Aye Ode Oni (Yoruba poetry) at 18. It is gratifying that literary giant Chinua Achebe gave me permission to be the first playwright to adapt his all time best Things Fall Apart into TV and stage play in 1965. The play was taken round the country in early 1966. This rare opportunity encouraged me to adapt Cyprian Ekwensi’s Iska, James Ngugi’s Weep Not Child and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre for the stage.
According to Los Angeles Times:
In the 19th century, fastidiousness was not only considered normal for men, it was expected. “Victorian fiction is abundant with examples of fastidious bachelors,” the Victorian expert Maeve Adams told me, citing Roger Hamley of “Wives and Daughters,” Edward Rochester of “Jane Eyre” and Sherlock Holmes. “By counter-example, those who fail at being (or remaining) fastidious, in appearance or morals, are justly punished in very satisfying ways with death, dereliction or the greatest tragedy of all, permanent bachelorhood.” (Amanda Marcotte)
 The Ellsworth American reviews the DVD edition of Fifty Shades of Grey:
Shades” is basically a retelling of a Brontë gothic. The brooding, Byronic Mr. Rochester is channeled by the emotionally imprisoned Christian. The determined, romantic Jane Eyre character is embodied by the plucky Anastasia. She’ll learn what’s locked inside him and they shall know true love. (Stephen Fay)
The Oregonian publishes the obituary of Stefan Minde and remembers that,
In 1982, he conducted Portland Opera's world premiere staging of Bernard Herrmann's "Wuthering Heights." (Mark Mandel)
TawdraK interviews the author Ruth Cardello:
Q:A mysterious benefactor offers to gift you the first edition of any book you choose. Which will be taking the place of honor on your shelf?
A:Jane Eyre. It’s one of my old favorites.
Maria G. Francke in Sydsvenskan (Sweden) is excited by the news of the upcoming BBC Brontë biopic. Cine, Libros y Jane Austen (in Spanish) reviews The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. 

Bradford Literature Festival (II)

And today at the Bradford Literature Festival:
Christa Ackroyd
Brontë Heritage Tour
Sunday 24 May, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Meeting Point – National Media Museum

There is so much more to the story of the Brontë sisters than simply being the literary daughters of a clergyman. Like their father, they were social pioneers, recording the difficult times they lived in and writing under masculine pseudonyms because the subjects they wished to embrace would never be, in Charlotte’s words, considered positively feminine. If their books continue to fascinate generations, then the story of these three incredible women is surely as exciting and passionate as anything which flowed from their pens. Tragic yet invigorating, their lives and passions continue to inspire today and their spirits live on through the subjects they wrote about; fairness, equality of class, race, gender – each as relevant now as it was then.
Join Brontë enthusiast Christa Ackroyd on our classic vintage bus for this unique tour, taking in the most important Brontë heritage sites in the district, to discover the untold story of the country’s most famous literary family:

Learn about their visionary father, sent to the West Riding by William Wilberforce and the Clapham set, to help the poor amidst the Luddite uprisings.
Travel to Thornton village where Patrick Brontë preached and where his famous daughters were born.
Taking in breathtaking views of the moors now immortalised in Wuthering Heights and stop for lunch in Luddenden at the Lord Nelson Inn, one of Branwell’s favourite drinking spots.
Spend the afternoon at the Parsonage in Haworth, where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote their classic novels. Enjoy a personalised tour of the museum, including an exclusive private visit to the museum library to view close up some of the treasures of the collection.
More information in Keighley News.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Issues with Therapists

The restoration of Norton Conyers and its links with Jane Eyre are discussed in The Telegraph:
The amazing story behind attic that inspired Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë based Thornfield Hall on Norton Conyers - and the recent history of the house deserves a novel of its own. (...)
Norton Conyers is no ordinary home. Charlotte Brontë visited the country house in 1839, when she was a governess to a family called the Sidgwicks. She was so taken by the property that it is believed she described it in great detail as Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre.
Charlotte heard about the legend of a mad woman hidden in the attic, from the house’s history. And it is believed that this inspired her to create the insane Mrs Rochester character in her classic novel.
Wood panelling on the first floor conceals a hidden door, which leads up to the attic space above. Snaking through a warren of corridors lies the “Mad Woman’s room”. It sits almost empty and forgotten. In fact, the original staircase was only uncovered in 2004, having been panelled in during the 1880s. The similarities between the actual secret staircase and the fictional one in Jane Eyre are striking. (...)
Norton Conyers will be open to view work in progress from July 19-26 from 2pm-5pm (bookings only; (Stuart Penney)
Still on local news, The Telegraph & Argus suggests things to do this bank holiday week:
"There are also many great exhibitions at museums including Cartwright Hall, Cliffe Castle, the Industrial Museum, National Media Museum and Bronte Parsonage Museum," a Bradford spokesman said. (Mark Stanford)
The Wall Street Jounal asks Sheila Hancock about her five favourite books. Nor surprisingly  she chooses a Brontë:
The Tenant of Wildfell HallBy Anne Brontë (1848)
3. Anyone who thinks that Anne is the meek, less talented Brontë sibling cannot have read this novel about a mysterious woman who arrives at a gloomy mansion and who has, in defiance of the laws and customs of the time, left her husband. She will live with her son and, she hopes, make her own living as an artist. Of that brutal husband the woman, Helen Graham, writes in her diary: “It is not enough to say that I no longer love my husband—I HATE him! The word stares me in the face like a guilty confession but it is true, I hate him—I hate him!” After Anne’s death, her sister Charlotte would publish a rebuke in which she declared that Anne’s choice of subject matter, involving marital and child abuse and of the degradation of alcoholism, was “an entire mistake.” But Anne’s had been a searingly accurate depiction of these things. Her rage against the treatment of the women of her time has established her as an early feminist writer. The wonderfully vitriolic attack on her male critics in the preface to the second edition alone justifies that label.
The Japan News interviews the diplomat Koichiro Matsuura:
To improve my English ability, my father allowed me to take after-school English lessons from a Japanese tutor who had worked as an interpreter at a U.S. military base. When I was a student at Hibiya High School and then the University of Tokyo, I read a number of paperback novels in English, such as Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights,” and reading developed my vocabulary. I struggled with speaking and aural comprehension in English, so I attended an English conversation school when I was at university. (Interview by Minako Sasako)
The Australian talks about Orson Welles and echoes one of those 'urban film' legends  which is repeated too often:
Welles in an unforgettable presence in the old Joan Fontaine Jane Eyre and there is the suggestion that he took over the direction in that startling first apparition of the charismatic and irresistible Rochester. (Peter Craven)
We don't deny Welles's influence on the overall style of the film but we think that Robert Stevenson was something more than a puppet director.

Sofeminine lists recent films that every women should watch. Including Jane Eyre 2011:
A period drama that doesn't have the female lead as some damsel in distress. In fact, Jane Eyre is more concerned for her own soul than any man *high five*. If you want to see a heroine with a little more gusto than the Austen girls (we love them, but they do just stand around and wait to be proposed to a LOT), this one is for you. (Emmy Griffiths)
My Bookish Ways interviews the horror writer John Langan:
What do you like to see in a good story, and what authors or novels have influenced you the most in your work, and your life?
(...)Some of the books that have been important to me would be Jane Eyre, My Antonia, Dark Gods, Ironweed, To the Lighthouse, and Sophie’s Choice. These are the writers and books I’m aware of, anyway.
Another writer, Julie Reece, is interviewed on Glitter:
GLITTER: How did you come up with the plot for The Artisans?
JULIE: I grew up reading the classics. Nerd alert? Fine. Books like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker’s Dracula were some of my favorites, as well Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. For a long time now, I’ve wanted to write a contemporary story with that same sort of vibe—thrilling, sexy, and mysterious. Also, I secretly want to be a Brontë sister, but that’s an issue for my therapist.
Putting Life into words posts about a visit to the Parsonage and Haworth;  mirabile dictu is rereading the Brontës; Columbiantony uploads to flickr pictures of  East Riddlesden Hall.

Brontës at the Bradford Literature Festival (I)

The Bradford Literature Festival has several Brontë events today, May 23:
Susan Newby
Brontës for Beginners
Saturday 23 May, 10:30 am – 11:00 am
The Midland Hotel, Princes BallroomPrice

The Brontës are the world’s most famous literary family and authors of some of the best-loved books in the English language. Even though Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë’s novels are now more than 150 years old, their power still moves readers today.
This whistle-stop guide by Susan Newby, education officer at Brontë Parsonage Museum, offers a useful introduction to the life and work of this exceptional family.
Juliet Barker, John Bowen, Rebecca Fraser and Bonnie Greer, with Boyd Tonkin
Race and Gender in the Novels of the Brontës
Saturday 23 May, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Midland Hotel, Princes BallroomPrice

Women feel as men feel
So says Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a novel which, given its honesty about female desire and views on independence, is viewed as a feminist manifesto. The Bronte’s views on race were equally free from the prevailing notions of their times and there is much critical debate about the origins of Heathcliff, the ‘dark-skinned gipsy’ found on the streets of Liverpool, in Wuthering Heights.
Join Bronte experts Juliet Barker, John Bowen, Rebecca Fraser and Bonnie Greer with Boyd Tonkin, for a critical exploration of the ground breaking views on race and gender within the novels of the Brontë sisters, not only in the context of the age in which they lived, but also in highlighting the relevance of their work today.
Afternoon Tea with Ann Dinsdale, hosted by Mary Dawson
Brontë Relics
Saturday 23 May, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Midland Hotel, French Ballroom

The Brontës are the world’s most famous literary family. Their Haworth home has become a destination for pilgrimage and the family’s letters, manuscripts and personal possessions – many of which have now returned to the Brontë Parsonage Museum – are revered and sought after as relics.
Join Ann Dinsdale from the Brontë Parsonage Museum for a delicious traditional afternoon tea at the historic Midland Hotel, as she discusses key objects and tells the fascinating story of the development of the Brontë Society’s collection.

Friday, May 22, 2015

30 years later

Style features Meghan Farrell of MF Jewelry whose collection

is a fusion of the medical sciences and love stories—and for a reason. Blame it on my parents. Both professionals in medicine, they also highly valued my interest in the creative arts. So while I naturally excelled in math and science, I also became a hopeless romantic. The idea of the epic romance in literature and history always left a huge impression on me: the stories of Cupid and Psyche, Daphne and Apollo, Romeo and Juliet, Heathcliff and Catherine, Elizabeth and Darcy, Daisy and Gatsby. Epic love. Romance. And then, the study of medicine was always around. So it is no wonder my jewelry started to take on this form.
My tagline “Romance Never Dies” fuses the idea of love and the lifeline.
The New York Times says the following about Mia Wasikowska:
Ms. Wasikowska, having already been Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland, is now something of a specialist in literary heroines and does a lot of acting here just with her eyes. “I think she could be in silent films,” Ms. Barthes said. (Charles McGrath)
The blunder of the day comes supposedly from a Brontëite, The National interviews writer Shahd Thani:
What’s your favourite book? Wuthering Heights. In an age when Jane Austen was writing very demure things, Emily Brontë came out with something so wild that people wondered how a woman could be writing it. (Mitya Underwood)
Actually, Emily Brontë hadn't even been born when Jane Austen died in 1817 (she would be born the following year). And Wuthering Heights was published in 1847, so 30 years after Jane Austen's death.

Wuthering in Dress

Writing Dresses on Rooby Lane. Via Glasgow STV:
Single mum Rooby Lane, 48, and a team of "mature seamstresses" have been sewing away over tea and biscuits to create items that encourage us to "wear our personality". 
Wuthering Heights, Party Dress, Prom Dress

These gorgeously geeky Dresses are specially designed for special occasions.. so that you don't have to arrive at your special event, basically looking similar to everyone else!

SPOLIER ALERT.. Don't read this dress if you don't know the ending!!

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This one is a gorgeous Wuthering Heights literature Special Occasion Dress.
And a scarf:
Wuthering Heights Infinity Scarf
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Printed with a portion of the scene where Katy Is knocking on Heathcliff's window.
Perfect as a romantic gift ;)
These scarves measure 57' x 9' Made in a lovely soft jersey.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Writing in spite/because of the Brontës

The Telegraph and Argus reports that

A video art installation celebrating a link between the industrial grandeur of Salts Mill with the literary magic of Haworth's Parsonage is being filmed in Saltaire.
Acclaimed contemporary artist Diane Howse, the Countess of Harewood, is re-making the connection between these two great places with The Silent Wild, an art work she is creating this week in the Mill's huge roof space.
The resulting work uses a detailed floor plan of the Parsonage dining room, has been produced with choreographer Carolyn Choa and dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon.
It will be shown at the Parsonage and at Salts Mill later this year, telling the unexpected connection between two of Yorkshire’s iconic buildings.
Sir James Roberts, the second owner of Salts and an entirely self made man, was born to a family of weavers in Oakworth near Haworth.
He attended the Sunday school of Reverend Patrick Bronte, and claimed to have met Charlotte Brontë in Haworth.
When the chance came up to purchase the Parsonage, Lady Roberts suggested that her husband do just that.
On August 4, 1928, Sir James and his wife presented the Parsonage to the Brontë Society, securing it for posterity. (Chris Tate)
The same newspaper also has an article on the BBC Brontë biopic project.

Another review of Patricia Park's Re Jane novel. On BookPage:
Re Jane is breezy and accessible, at its best when portraying Jane’s haplessness and frustration. “I traveled nearly seven thousand miles across the globe to escape societal censure only to end up in the second-largest Korean community in the Western World,” she says wryly of her childhood move to the U.S.
The Jane Eyre connection here is substantial (a key character even shares the pen name under which Brontë published her masterpiece), though not slavish, which makes sense given that Park’s interest in feminism goes beyond the Women’s Studies professor who plays an important role in the book. (...)
None of the conflicts here are resolved in particularly shocking ways, but Park’s portrait of Korean-American life feels authentic and is ultimately endearing. Charlotte Brontë would be proud. (Tom Deignan)
Describing the National Gallery's artist in residence, George Shaw, the Evening Standard says that,
Shaw is an infectiously passionate reader, a cinephile and music fan. His conversation teems with references to mavericks and geniuses of British and Irish culture, from Emily Brontë to Tony Hancock, Morrissey and Francis Bacon. (Ben Luke)
The Perth Courier features writer Cheryl Cooper:
Towards the end of high school, she encountered the inevitable question: what do you want to be after graduation?
“Well, I knew I wanted to be a writer,” she said simply.
She studied English and Education at Queen’s University in Kingston. She read the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and “my desire to write fiction was so strong.” (Desmond Devoy)
Much like this columnist from Jezebel's Groupthink.

Vulture reviews Nell Zink’s Mislaid.
Here’s the way the story goes: a rugged childhood in rural Virginia; a mother who told the child she didn’t write as well as the Brontës did at that age; a bachelor’s degree in philosophy; a peripatetic early adulthood that included a phase of homelessness, a stint as a bricklayer, secretarial work in New York, editorship of a zine, a couple of impetuous marriages, an expatriation to Europe; a correspondence, struck up over their mutual concern for the plight of migratory birds, with Jonathan Franzen, whose report on the mass poaching of songbirds in Cyprus she’d seen in The New Yorker; Franzen’s curiosity about whether she wrote fiction; her creative flowering after her mother’s death that freed her in middle age (she’s 51) to write the way she writes, Brontës be damned. (Christian Lorentzen)
According to Alibi's review of the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd,
In the realm of 19th-century romantic literature, the works of Thomas Hardy have a bit more meat on the bone than your average English melodrama of love and marriage. In the more typical novels (let’s say, for the sake of argument, those of Jane Austen or the Brontë sisters), there’s an awful lot of sitting around, drinking tea and discussing of “whomever shall I marry?” It’s not that the characters in Hardy’s novels never broach the subject of marriage—but they rarely drink tea. And they’re just as likely to hurt each other, betray each other, kill each other and break one another’s hearts as they are to fall madly in love. (Devin D. O’Leary)
You know, Wuthering Heights--that peaceful, quiet novel where everyone just sits around drinking tea oh so civilly.

La libre (Belgium) reviews the film too and is not the first to mention Andrea Arnold's take on Wuthering Heights.
Fidèle à la trame d’Hardy, le cinéaste danois trouve un bel équilibre entre romantisme de l’histoire et une forme de naturalisme, notamment dans cette façon de filmer la nature, les animaux, les insectes… Un peu à la façon d’Andrea Arnold dans sa très forte adaptation des "Hauts de Hurlevent" d’Emily Brontë en 2012. (H. H.) (Translation)
On the other hand, Knack Focus, another Belgian site reviewing the film, doesn't see similarities, but differences.
In plaats van de woeste, modderige levendigheid van Andrea Arnolds Wuthering Heights (2011) krijgen we mooie plaatjes van bucolische taferelen. Maar verkijk je daar niet op. Gepolijst is hier niet synoniem met glad maar met verfijnd. (Niels Ruëll) (Translation)
Times Higher Education looks at Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae 25 years after it was first published and wonders,
Who else would have argued that Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Christabel (1797) offers readers a vision of the “lesbian vampire” before enacting one of the “greatest transsexual self-transformations in literature”? Or that in Wuthering Heights (1847), a regular fixture of secondary English curricula, Emily Brontë regards “the body as the basis of gender” as “an affront to imagination and emotion”, and so attempts to “treat her sexual identity as an abstraction dwelling apart in another dimension of space and time”? (Nathan Smith)
Bustle lists '7 Incredible Storytellers in Literature' such as
Nelly Dean from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Nelly tells such a captivating story of Heathcliff and Catherine that readers get so wrapped up in it they sometimes even forget she existed in the book in the first place. Isn’t that the mark of an excellent storyteller: to put the story ahead of your own character? Mr. Lockwood is renting a space from aged Heathcliff, when Heathcliff starts to act totally bizarre about a ghost named Catherine. Lockwood is so confused, he finds the housekeeper Nelly and requests that she tell the entire tale about the family at Wuthering Heights, which she does. Never forget. (Caitlin White)
Bustle has also selected '8 Love Letters Written By Famous Women' including one from Charlotte Brontë to Constantin Heger.

The Polish Secret

Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia translated into Polish:

Charlotte Brontë
Translated by: Paulina Braiter
Publisher: Mg
ISBN: 978-83-7779-213-1 Paperback
ISBN: 978-83-7779-214-8 Ebook

Wyimaginowana, fantastyczna kraina Angrii, wymyślona w dzieciństwie przez rodzeństwo Brontë, to miejsce akcji opowiadań, stworzonych przez nastoletnią wówczas Charlotte. Choć niewątpliwie młodzieńcze, opowiadania te ukazują już przebłyski jej talentu, a także elementy i wątki, które później miała rozwinąć w pełni w swoich słynnych powieściach.
W Verdopolis młoda markiza musi poradzić sobie ze wstrząsającym sekretem, który zagraża jej szczęściu i małżeństwu. W wiejskiej rezydencji młoda mężatka nie może zrozumieć, dlaczego  mąż nie pozwala jej się kontaktować ze światem. Tajemnice, knowania, arystokracja, miłość, piękne młode panny, dumni młodzieńcy – wszystko to łączy się i splata w opowiadaniach, tworzących ten zbiór.
Via Wiadomości24 .

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Walking for Branwell

Remember this theatre pieceThe Westmoreland Gazette reports that,

A Cumbrian writer will be walking 130 miles next month to promote her groundbreaking new play about Branwell Brontë.
Caroline Lamb, originally from Sedbergh and a previous student of Settlebeck, Sedbergh, and Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, is now the artistic director and resident writer of theatre company Dangerous to Know.
The company will be bringing Caroline’s self-penned play The Dissolution of Percy to unique spaces in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire this November.
The production has the backing of the Brontë Society, and will take place just before the start of the bicentenary celebrations in 2016.
To promote and fundraise for the production, Caroline will walk the equivalent of five marathons from June 20-27, including stops at Broughton-in-Furness, Kendal and Cowan Bridge.
At these venues she will deliver performed readings of work by the famous literary family, as well as pieces donated by friends, colleagues and audience members.
Caroline, now living in Manchester, said: “I decided to write a play with Branwell as the main character because when I started researching the family he just jumped out at me – why did he have no credits to his name when his sisters did so well?
“I wanted to take the opportunity to represent the Brontë family as "real" people - a real family who fight and joke and struggle together.”
For full details of Caroline’s performances go to (Katie Dickinson)
Interesting because Branwell was a great walker himself.

Both Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have been included on Marie Claire's list of books to read before you die.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Innocent, wide-eyed governess turns up in crotchety (but kinda sexy) man's house to look after his young ward. Can they? Will they? And what on earth is in that locked attic?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Headstrong Cathy, brooding Heathcliff, violent weather, Yorkshire moors and a love affair you just know isn't going to end well. If you like your romance with a large helping of tragedy, this is for you. Tissues at the ready...
Ergo (Sweden) thinks that Jane Eyre makes a difficult read from a postcolonial point of view.
Jane Eyre – betraktad som en feministisk klassiker men ganska obekväm läsning ur ett postkolonialt perspektiv. (Karin Lundin) (Translation)
Bustle is 'all about' the BBC's Brontë biopic project and lists '7 fun facts about the Brontë sisters that hopefully come up in the two-hour television drama'. There is a Wuthering Heights Livetweet going on at the @covenbookclub (#WHeightsLT).

4th Literary Prize De Leo-Brontë

4th Literary Prize De Leo - Brontë 2015


For the fourth time a National Literary prize dedicated to the Brontës, their lives, works and places was organized in Italy by Prof. Maddalena De Leo, this year  with great success thanks to the Facebook page ‘La Sezione Italiana della Brontë Society’ . Many authors sent their literary contribution but only thirty have been chosen for nomination and publication in the 2015 anthology.

 1) Poems about the Brontës

 2) Short tales about the Brontës

Prof. Maddalena De Leo, the Italian representative of the  Brontë Society and other two Italian Brontë scholars (Ms Caterina Lerro and Ms Elisa Fierro) chose the first three winners of each section as follows:

 The three winning poetry 2015 entries are:

1) Amami by  Domenico  Napoli  from Cinquefondi  (RC)

(An involving prayer by Catherine to Heathcliff asking him to love her the same as she does)                                            
2) E Io Ero ... by  Annalisa Pasqualetto Brugin   from Mestre (VE)

( A visual poem full of the author’s personal mementoes of the Brontës )

3) Vento D'Inverno   by  Nunzio Industria from  Napoli

( an ode to the winter wind to get liberty )

The  three  winning  Short Tale 2015 are:

1)  Il Cimitero di Casa Brontë by   Maria Vittoria Fariselli from Cervia (RA)

(A very short tale full of the atmosphere around Haworth graveyard and the Brontë Parsonage)

2)  Charlotte by Veronica Mogildea  from Vicenza

(A tale full of Charlotte’s feelings and attitude towards life )

3) Il Profumo della Brughiera by Antonella Iuliano from  Bagnoli Irpino (AV)

(A moving tale descriptive of  Brontë moors  and heather as a way to come out of sorrow after a disgrace)

The six  winners will receive Brontë DVDs, books and bookmarks as prizes.
The anthology ‘Brontëana IV’ containing the works sent by the authors for the prize will be edited and published in a short time by Prof. De Leo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Visible Brontës

Many, many websites echo the news of the BBC's plans to make a short biopic on the relationship of the Brontë siblings called To Walk Invisible and to be premiered next year: Digital Spy,  TV Wise, Warrington Guardian are just a few.

Jezebel's Pictorial is excited about it:

Yes please and thank you very much: The BBC is making a movie about the Brontë sisters and their sad-sack brother Bramwell (sic), too. Fuck yeah, let’s get some long, lingering shots of the moors going over here. (Kelly Faircloth)
And it looks as if Jeremy Clarkson's tweet is a good way of promoting it after all. The Mirror has an article about it as do Entertainment Wise and Express.

The Telegraph discusses female relationships:
At the moment, I’m obsessed with Broad City, a sitcom about the real life friendship between actors and writers Abbi Jacobsen and Ilana Glazer. Ilana is reluctant to commit to Lincoln, the dentist who is desperate for a relationship with her - because Abbi fulfils all of her emotional needs.
Lincoln is basically a background character who occasionally appears in their platonic love story. To call the women ‘best mates’ doesn’t come close to reflecting the tenderness and codependency of their relationship.
Of course these themes were being explored in literature long before they reached the small screen - intense female relationships are as interesting as the central ‘love story’ in everything from Jane Eyre to Anne of Green Gables. (Daisy Buchanan)
Wyoming News features local twins. One of them enjoys reading and will read Charlotte Brontë. Net News Ledger shares some thoughts on Queen Victoria and her authors, such as the Brontës. Les Soeurs Brontë (in French) shares a text by Alberto Manguel in which the Brontës are mentioned. Wolf in the City compares the Pre Fall 2015 Valentino collection with Wuthering Heights. CultNoise includes Jane Eyre on its 100 Books to Read Before You Die list. 

To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters

To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters120 minutes
Writer and Director: Sally Wainwright
Executive Producer: Faith Penhale, Head of BBC Drama Wales
Producer: Karen Lewis
BBC News gives details about their Brontë biopic film project:
A drama about the "tragedy and passion" of the difficult lives of the Brontë family is to appear on BBC One, written and directed by Last Tango In Halifax author Sally Wainwright.
It will explore the relationships between Charlotte, Emily and Anne and their brother Branwell, who was latterly an alcoholic and drug addict.
All three sisters managed to produce great literary works before their untimely deaths.
Wainwright said she was "thrilled".
The Bafta-winning writer, whose other credits include TV series Happy Valley, described the sisters as "fascinating, talented, ingenious Yorkshire women". (...)
To Walk Invisible: The Brontë Sisters will be filmed in and around Yorkshire, where they lived. (...)
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said: "It's an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognised in a male 19th-Century world."
The programme will also explore how their self-educated father, who grew up in poor, rural Ireland, encouraged his children to become passionate about literature.
Casting has yet to be announced.
The Guardian and The Telegraph add:
The one-off, two-hour drama will follow Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë’s relationship with each other and their brother Branwell, who in the last three years of his life was plagued by alcoholism and drug addiction. (...)
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: “The Brontë sisters have always been enigmatic but Sally Wainwright’s brilliantly authentic new BBC1 drama brings the women behind some of our greatest literary masterpieces to life.
“It’s an extraordinary tale of family tragedy and their passion and determination, against the odds, to have their genius recognised in a male 19th century world.” (...)
The drama explores the siblings’ relationship with each other and their self-educated father, who grew up in an impoverished home in rural Ireland and encouraged his children – irrespective of their gender – to become passionate about literature.
It also portrays their “increasingly difficult relationship with their brother Branwell, who in the last three years of his life – following a tragically misguided love affair – sank into alcoholism, drug addiction and appalling behaviour”.
Also in Entertainment Weekly, Belfast Telegraph, Prolific North, Daily Express, Broadcast, Radio Times...

Ann Dinsdale talks about the project and the Brontë Parsonage Museum's involvement in Radio Leeds Martin Kelner's programme (around 1 h 38 minutes into the programme).