Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We still have some reviews of To Walk Invisible today. Decider describes it as
not your typical Masterpiece fare. Instead of being pretty and pristine, this film takes an unflinching look at some of literature’s most complex voices. (Meghan O'Keefe)
The Christian Science Monitor has a review too:
Think of “To Walk Invisible,” which debuted last night on public television’s “Masterpiece,” and is now streaming for free at pbs.org, as a thank-you note to the Brontë sisters for giving “Masterpiece” so much material. [...]
The best way to explore the Brontës’ legacy, of course, is reading their novels. With any luck, “To Walk Invisible” will send viewers back to their fiction, or nudge them to experience it for the first time. (Danny Heitman)
Inquisitr has an article on 'The Brontë Sisters: their books, loves, and lives'.

More of the Brontës on screen as The Blackpool Gazette features Paul Eryk Atlas, who plays Heathcliff in the latest screen adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Early last year, The Gazette interviewed an Anchorsholme actor, who had just been cast as Heathcliff in a new, independent movie of classic novel Wuthering Heights. A year on, the film is now in post-production, with it due to be released in 2018 - a fitting year as it will mark the author of Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday and well as 170 years since her death, aged just 30. After spending the past year of his life regularly travelling down to Herefordshire by train, in order to film his scenes, Paul Eryk Atlas is now looking forward to leaving the rest of the work to the production team. He told The Gazette: “The cast have been very involved in the whole process. “So it’s nice to hand it over and wait to see what it looks like. Hopefully the takes that they use are the takes I actually like!” [...]
Wuthering Heights is his first real screen-based acting role and he admits that the process has helped him grow massively as an actor. He said: “I’m a completely different performer than I was a year ago, just being more comfortable with the cameras. I’ve also had intensive horse riding training specifically for the role, which is a skill I can hopefully use again. Even though I was terrified!” The film is an independent, micro-budget production and is a passion project for the director Nina Elizaveta Abhrahall, with the aim being to be as faithful to the book as is humanly possible. Last month, the first full-length trailer was released and has currently been viewed by more than 6,300 people on Youtube. Paul says that the response to the trailer has been overwhelmingly positive. He added: “The Brontë fans and the Wuthering Heights fans are very excited, especially ones who can already see things marrying up to the book closely. “There’ll be more trailers released fairly soon for people less familiar with the films and books but it’s definitely been a positive response so far.”
Keighley News reports on the launch of Simon Armitage's new poetry collection at Haworth last week.
More than 130 people heard leading poet Simon Armitage read from his latest anthology in Haworth.
They packed into the Old School Room this month (March) to hear Simon showcase poems from his collection The Unaccompanied.
Afterwards the audience were able to visit the nearby Brontë Parsonage Museum to see Mansions in the Sky, an exhibition curated by Simon and focusing on Branwell Brontë.
Simon is the museum’s Creative Partner for 2017, a year focusing on the 200th anniversary of Branwell’s birth and following a similar bicentenary last year for Charlotte Brontë’s birth.
Rebecca Yorke, Head of Communications and Marketing at the Brontë Parsonage Museum, said it was a privilege to hear Simon Armitage read from The Unaccompanied so soon after its publication.
She said: “The audience was clearly captivated by the new poems which give voice to those in our communities who are emotionally or politically isolated: you have heard a pin drop in the Old School Room.
“Many people had travelled a considerable distance to hear Simon read and we were delighted to welcome lots of new faces to the museum.”
Simon will talk about the Mansions in the Sky exhibition at an event at West Lane Baptist Centre on May 13.
He will relate how his understanding of Branwell developed and changed during the period he took a close look at the Brontë brother’s life and influences.
The exhibition includes a dramatic recreation of Branwell’s bedroom and a series of new poems by Armitage, each inspired by an object belonging to Branwell. (David Knights)
LitHub quotes the words of another poet, Adrienne Rich, on the fifth anniversary of her death.
Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work. It means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre: “I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.” (Emily Temple)
The University of Indianapolis has asked three English professors to pick 'the top books to read by women writers', one of which is
Jane Erye [sic], Charlotte Brontë
“Also Jane Erye [sic], by Charlotte Brontë – most people forget the subtitle of that novel “an autobiography,” and it is unique in focusing on a female protagonist telling her own story, especially one who isn’t rich or beautiful.” – Jennifer Camden
Patheos discusses 'female beauty, religion, and fetishism' and mentions Jane Eyre:
Maybe our word “beauty” is too broad, too ambiguous – rather like our word “love.” It’s true that even in aesthetics, much that we loosely term “beautiful” would be better served by another adjective. It’s also true that the power of eros, at the height of its spiritual perfection, allows us to see a certain kind of beauty of the person, an ontological goodness that radiates and attracts, so that we are drawn towards union with the beloved even if that person doesn’t have physical, aesthetic beauty. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre presents, wonderfully, the phenomenon of two physically unattractive people falling in love – not only spiritually, with a love of the mind, but with a truly bodily desire for unity. (Rebecca Bratten Weiss)
Fine Books and Collections sums up some of the achievements of publishing house Harper Collins in its 200 years of history:
Among their successes over the past 200 years, HarperCollins pioneered the process of stereotyping; published the first American editions of the Brontë sisters’ novels; and championed Martin Luther King, Jr., publishing his Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story in 1958. (Rebecca Rego Barry)
Hermead of Surazeus has posted a poem called Mist Of Wuthering Heights.


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