Friday, July 20, 2012

Publishers Weekly interviews Kate & M. Sarah Klise:
Did you make books together growing up? Are you latter-day Brontë sisters (minus the brutal isolation of the moors and the deleterious plumbing, that is)?
KK: Ha. I love the Brontë sisters, but I feel a closer kinship to the Ephron sisters, Nora and Delia, if only because their work makes me laugh more than the Brontës. I also love the Mitford sisters with their secret language and their endless letters back and forth. (Libby Morse)
Oliver Cross describes his trip to the Worth Valley railway line in the Yorkshire Evening Post:
Haworth, the Worth Valley and the hills and villages around are probably a lot less harsh than they were when the Brontë children ran around contracting life-threatening diseases, but the bones of the place haven’t changed too much.
Examiner interviews Merry Jones:
What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?
Hahaha. I loved suspense, even as a child. So I read all the Nancy Drews. And I remember being frightened by the tales of Fu Manchu. As I got older, I loved the page-turning drama of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. And Poe. And Conan Doyle. On and on...
Paul Routledge in The Mirror talks about the erotic takes on Jane Eyre:
Sierra Cartwright (should be Can’tWrite), has Jane Eyre saying: “With an inexorable force, Mr Rochester commanded me against his body. Those torrid ­throbbings of desire… filled my deepest recesses.”
Tosh. The Brontës lived at Haworth, just over t’hill from me.
We don’t have “throbbings” up ’ere, torrid or otherwise.
And I can’t see any Yorkshire lass worth her salt being “commanded” by anybody.
The Telegraph & Argus also publishes these news.

The Cornishman presents a couple of talks in the upcoming Penzance Literary Festival:
The of two great writers, who share a reputation for excess – Dylan Thomas and Branwell Brontë – comes under the spotlight at the festival. It's well known that both led turbulent lives and died in their thirties. Less well known is their connection with Penzance. Dylan Thomas married his wife Caitlin at the town's register office – and lived for a while in Porthcurno and Mousehole.
Maria Branwell Brontë – mother of Branwell and his famous sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne – was the daughter of a prosperous merchant family who lived at 25 Chapel Street.
Recalling the life and work of both men through their poetry and prose will be actress Angela Crow. While best known for her many TV roles, it was her theatre work that brought Angela into contact with the Brontës and Dylan Thomas. (...)
Angela Crow's talk will take place at the Morrab Library from 4pm to 5pm on Wednesday. She said: "They were both brilliant men who shared a vision of becoming a poet. A lot that has been written about them – especially Dylan Thomas – is exaggerated. I want to try to give a truthful insight into their lives, introduce people to more of their work and provoke discussion. I'm also looking forward to being in Penzance again, and discovering more about the town's history – a great passion of mine."
For the first time, tickets are available to buy online at and by phone on 01726 879500. In person from: Epics Entertainment, 15 Causewayhead, Penzance; Welcome to West Cornwall, Station Approach; and the TIC , Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives.
The Upcoming is thrilled with Bonzie's new boleros or jackets:
There is something so Jane Eyre about the first bolero we wish to show you. Maybe it is the Victorian style or the elegance and corsetry. Or maybe we can just imagine Mr Rochester ripping it off.  (Paula de Burgh)
The Japan Times reviews the animated film Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (Wolf Children) by Mamoru Hosoda:
These two coming-of-age stories may each captivate one sex while boring the other. It's as if Hosoda were appealing to "Jane Eyre" fans in one scene, "Call of the Wild" fans in the next. (Mark Schilling)
The author Henry Venmore-Rowland is not a Brontëite. We read on EADT24:
Wuthering Heights? God, no thank you. (Steven Russell)
Wharf lists some highlights from the Greenwich Comedy Festival. Like the Frisky and Mannish Kate Bush's impersonation:
The former delighted especially with their versions of Bush's Wuthering Heights as re-imagined by Kate Nash and Karen Carpenter put through the lens of N'Dubz. (Jon Massey)
The Things That Catch My Eye interviews the author Laura Purcell:
1) What moved you to become an author?
(...) Looking back, my first serious spate of writing began one summer when I was around fifteen. During the school holidays, I read the complete works of Brontë and Austen. I loved those books so much, I felt empty when I’d finished. I started to plug the gap by making up stories of my own.
Teva (France) gives away tickets for the French premiere of Jane Eyre 2011 (deadline: July 24).

Brontëites in Australia (Bega District News) and India (Hindustan Times); A Literary Odyssey posts about the Brontë Sisters and gives away three novels (deadline: Julu 27); Minha Vida Literária (in Portuguese) reviews Jane Eyre, The Coffee Pot reviews Summer Day's Wuthering Nights; and Le Projet d'Amour is delighted with the publication of Cultural Afterlives and Screen Adaptations of Classic Literature: Wuthering Heights and Company by Hila Shachar.

Finally, straight from the Brontë Parsonage Twitter, do you know what this is?


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