Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:26 am by Cristina in , , , , , , , ,    1 comment
This week's walk at The Telegraph and Argus is in the footsteps of the Brontës.
This week’s walk takes us into Brontë country.
It starts at Penistone Hill Country Park, just a stone’s throw away from the village of Haworth, where the Bronte sisters made their home after their father, Patrick, was appointed curate.
The paths and tracks on this route provide views up to Top Withens ruins, connected locally to Emily’s famous novel Wuthering Heights and the surrounding moors.
Sections can be quite wet and muddy and suitable footwear is advisable.
The walk has been provided by Yorkshire Water and other walks in the area can be found at yorkshirewater.com/walks-and-leisure (Read the step-by-step)
In the meantime, Express suggests the top 10 places to follow in Jane Eyre's footsteps too.
Love the novel Jane Eyre? Follow in Charlotte Brontë’s footsteps to explore stunning countryside that inspired her.
1.    Explore Haworth, the Yorkshire village on the edge of the Pennine Moors where the Brontë sisters grew up. Charming Stone Cottage sleeps three people and has been recently refurbished and is just outside Haworth, down a country road in Oxenhope (1.7 miles from Haworth village). It’s the perfect base to explore Brontë land. Available from £51 a night. www.homeaway.co.uk/p1114699
2.    Discover Hathersage, the place that inspired Charlotte’s novel, Jane Eyre when she visited the village in 1845. Traditional Barnfield Cottage sleeps five and this lovely stone cottage is right in the centre of the Hathersage. The cottage, has a 4* rating from Quality in Tourism, and is near the cafes, pubs, restaurant and shops. Features include wood burning stove, plus parking for 3/4 cars. Price from £483 a week.  (Read more)
These two steps, however, sound like shameless advertising and are nothing to do with Jane Eyre.
6.    Historic Rochester, in Kent is the famous setting for Jane Eyre. Nearby, Stables Cottages make an idea stay for a big family group, or two families wanting to go away together. There are two and four bedroom oak beamed cottages cottages sleeping up to 8 people, set in 20 acres of secluded farmland on the Hoo Peninsula with panoramic views of the Thames. Rochester can be reached in 15 minutes by car. On site there’s a heated indoor swimming pool, steam room and pool table for the exclusive use of cottage occupants. Prices from £114 a night.
7.    Stay in a stylishly renovated holiday barn on the edge of a very pretty village on the River Medway. Church Barne La Grande in Aylesford is just a short train ride from Rochester. Set in a conservation area, the beamed barn was originally built in 1890 and sleeps seven. Price to stay here on April 24 is £662 (£15.76 pppn) for seven nights. There’s room too for room for two pets. Property Reference: PPPC Church Barne La Grande, Aylesford, Maidstone, Kent. (Anne Gorringe)
There's an extra place to be visited according to another article by the same newspaper on film locations.
10. Stay in a stunning holiday cottage that managed to make its way in the 2011 movie of Jane Eyre. White Edge Lodge, Derbyshire has breathtaking views in all directions and is surrounded by wide expanses of open heather moorland. This holiday cottage, which sleeps five, even has views of the moorland from the bathtub! Original interior features including a kitchen in the former game cellar. www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk/cottage/white-edge-lodge-007004/ (Anne Gorringe)
Several Swedish websites announce that an adaptation of Jane Eyre will go on stage in Malmö in February 2016. From Sydsvenskan:
Malmö Stadsteater har tillkännagivit programmet till nästa säsong och hej! Jane Eyre!
Att det görs en nydramatisering av Charlotte Brontës klassiker är ju ingenting annat är fantastiskt kul. Det är Anna Azcárate som både dramatiserar och regisserar och jag fantiserar redan om vilka som ska spela huvudrollerna. Premiär blir det inte förrän tidigt nästa år, så det finns inga övriga detaljer klara. (Maria G Francke) (Translation)
Also reported by Expressen and Skånskan.

Philippine Daily Inquirer on the pleasure of reading:
Different books mesmerized me at different stages of my life: Books by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Thomas Hardy, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. These authors were my “classical friends” while James Michener, Boris Pasternak, Harper Lee, J.D. Salinger and Leon Uris were my “newer friends.” (Grace Shangkuan Koo)
Western Morning News features Judy Finningan (of Richard and Judy fame),
Then in 2012, Judy published her own first novel, Eloise, to critical acclaim. This book and her latest bestseller, I Do not Sleep, have drawn comparisons with Daphne du Maurier and it's easy to see why - Judy's evocation of the landscape is visceral.
"Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, I want to write like that, where the landscapes mirror the emotion," she says. "I'm drawn to writing about very strong extremes of emotion and love that sort of gothic literature."
ComicMix comments on reading 
Infidel, an autobiography that chronicles the life and times of political activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali [...]
Turning her back on the more relaxed version of Islam practiced in Somalia and Kenya, Ms. Ali became immersed in the religion, donning the hijab, sympathizing with the Muslim Brotherhood, and agreeing with the fatwa against Salmon Rushdie for his portrayal of the Prophet in his The Satanic Verses.
At the same time, she was reading Nancy Drew stories, romance novels by Danielle Steele and Barbara Cartland, and Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls. She also read the great classics of Western literature, including Wuthering Heights, 1984, Huckleberry Finn, and Alan Paton’s Cry, The Beloved Country, the South African writers polemic about racism and apartheid in his country. (Mindy Newell)
Daily KOS tries and dispel the theory that Shakespeare was someone else by pointing out the following:
How many wonderful writers came from unlikely beginnings? The Gettysburg Address, widely regarded as one of the greatest speeches of all time, was written by a man born in a log cabin, who was mostly self-educated well into his teens. Charlotte Brontë, one of six children of a poor clergyman, only had a year of formal education, at an institution that inspired Lowood School in “Jane Eyre.” Joseph Conrad barely knew any English until he was an adult, but his command of the language in “The Heart of Darkness” and his other writing is superb.
Die Deutsche Bühne (Germany) reviews the Brunswick performances of Bernard Herrmann's Wuthering Heights:
Die Natur bleibt draußen. Für die deutsche Erstaufführung von Bernard Herrmanns Oper „Wuthering Heights" am Staatstheater Braunschweig hat Thomas Gruber einen edel-karg eingerichteten Betonbunker mit Ledersofa und Breitbildschirm geschaffen. Philipp Kochheims Interpretation des romantisch-mysteriösen Stoffs von Emily Brontë erinnert so eher an Godard als an naheliegende englische Gothic-Filme. Damit setzt er Herrmanns Musik mit ihren breit malenden Naturschilderungen und manchmal reichlich melodramatischem Pathos eine zeitgenössisch-coole Ästhetik entgegen. Und zwar perfekt durchgestylt. (Read more) (Translation) (Andreas Berger)
Liberty Blog has a post one how 'Anne Brontë violated Nevada law by speaking without permission' and also how it is illegal in Nevada to write 'a biography of Anne Brontë [...] without having a PI license'.

Opheliac Madness posts a Wuthering Heights essay: Heathcliff: Love, Hate and Revenge. Lost Beyond the Wall reviews Jane Eyre.

1 comment:

  1. ...Charlotte Bronte, one of six children of a poor clergyman, only had a year of formal education, at an institution that inspired Lowood School in “Jane Eyre.”

    I can hear Miss Wooler vigorously protest that notion and hello, Brussels anyone? ...all that doesn't take away from CB achievements . She had what can't be taught in schools