Friday, December 27, 2019

The Telegraph & Argus marks one of the local events to be celebrated in Anne Bronté's 200th anniversary, next January 17:
A Bradford venue will be hosting a celebration to mark the 200th Birthday of Anne Bronte.
Anne, author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was born in Thornton on January 17 1820.
200 years on, Delius Arts and Cultural Centre on Great Horton Road, will celebrate her contribution to the arts world by costing a celebration of her life and works.
The event, a collaboration between South Square Centre and The Brontë Parsonage Museum, will include an evening of live music, poetry, and dancing. There will be pop up food stalls, arts and crafts from local artists, glitter tattoos, zine making and DJs, with a full line up of acts to be announced in the coming days.
The celebration will run from 6PM to 10:30PM. (Michael Black)
Manchester Evening News lists places near to Manchester you want to visit:
Top Withens and Brontë waterfalls, Hebden Bridge
Discover the ruins of Top Withens, a farmhouse which is said to have been the inspiration for the location of the Earnshaw family home Wuthering Heights in the novel by Emily Brontë. It lies on the Pennine Way, a popular walking route, and is a popular spot with literary tourists.  Breathtaking views from the remains of the farmhouse look out over the stunning countryside and unique landscape.
The surrounding moors make up part of Brontë Country-which also include the Brontë waterfalls - also said to feature in the novel. (Zara Whelan)
Pointe Magazine thinks that the Joffrey Ballet's Jane Eyre production is one of the Standout Performances of 2019:
Joffrey Ballet's Amanda Assucena and Yumi Kanazawa in "Jane Eyre"
The Joffrey Ballet opened its 2019–20 season with Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre, where the title role propelled company dancers Amanda Assucena and Yumi Kanazawa to new heights. Assucena, as Jane, brought impressive complexity to the canonical heroine, who grapples with the strict moral compass of her monastic upbringing and her passionate desires. Viewing a flashback of her childhood, she looked on as Kanazawa commanded the first third of the ballet as Young Jane. Virtuosic in her entanglements with the D-Men—a recurring men's corps that serves as a metaphor for Jane's conflicted emotions—Kanazawa's characterization was aptly naïve and immature, but also wise beyond her years.
A triumph for both ladies, this ballet (which Marston additionally set on American Ballet Theatre last summer) would surely have floundered without their superb acting skills. But it's Kanazawa who gets the true breakout moment, having spent her first few seasons with the Joffrey getting her feet wet in the ensemble. Assucena, by contrast, is accustomed to leading roles, though rarely on opening night. Jane Eyre offered further proof of her deep well of attributes and ability to lead this company. (Lauren Warnecke)
KPBS reviews not so favourably Greta Gerwig's Little Women:
The characters in Alcott’s book drip with goodness and self-sacrifice, and I have to confess, it bores me. I much prefer the flawed and tormented characters of the Brontë sisters or the satiric wit of Jane Austen for women writers published in the same century. (Beth Acommando)
More Little Women. Mashable asks several authors about Louisa May Alcott's novel:
Sara Collins: Perhaps no other character from my beloved childhood texts, apart from Jane Eyre, demonstrated the power of books to encourage radical self-acceptance as well as a refusal to limit myself according to the world’s low expectations for girls like me. I have even, over time, forgiven her for refusing Laurie." (Rachel Thompson)
And The Cinemaholic thinks that Wuthering Heights 1939 is what you need after watching Little Women:
If you have read Emily Brontë’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ and want to watch the story unfold on screen, you should definitely opt for the 1939 movie and not the 2005 film, despite the former being in grayscale. The 1939 film perfectly captures the mood and tone of Brontë’s Gothic tale with exceptional cinematography, making it a classic Hollywood production that ought to be watched.(Varun Patel)
Mass Live lists the best concerts of 2019:
John Williams Film Night’ - Tanglewood in Lenox, Aug. 24 (...)
 It was followed by “Reunion" and “To Thornfield” from an often-overlooked Williams work, the score to a 1970 British production of “Jane Eyre,” which starred George C. Scott and Susannah York. (Ray Kelly)
The Summerville Journal Scene interviews local author Cheryl Oliver:
Mary E. Regan: I grew up loving the Nancy Drew mysteries like you, too! What author influenced you the most in your life?
C.O.: There are many authors. In writing “Lakisha of Special Needs”, I could not help but notice a similarity between what my friend’s grandmother went through and that of “Jane Eyre”. In writing “Shana of Dumbarton”, I saw my cousin’s life was similar to Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer”. Each time I interview people, their story reminds me of a book.
Long Island Press recommends a local production of Matilda:
 Based on the beloved Roald Dahl classic, Matilda is the story of an exceptional, seemingly enchanted girl who at 5 years old has read hefty titles as Crime and Punishment and Jane Eyre, and even speaks Russian. (Michelle Gabrielle Centamore)
A blunder made by Clare Balding on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is on the Daily Express:
Clare, 48, was one of three stars taking part in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Christmas special, with Jeremy Clarkson, 59, to oversee proceedings. The presenting stalwart got off to a great start, but it was a question regarding literature and in particular, the novel Little Women, which got her perplexed. Watching the scenes unfold on the ITV quiz show, viewers pointed out a huge blunder as they asked why an English graduate had been stumped over such a question. (...)
Although she studied English at Newnham College in Cambridge, the journalist was stumped over whether the answer could be Little Women, Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre or Middlemarch.
The sports presenter had to call on QI creater, John Lloyd and he ended up giving her the wrong answer with Middlemarch, which left viewers in meltdown. (Charlie Milward)
One of the participants in the Cannonball Read 2019 lists Jane Steele among her personal favourites. On Pajiba:
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - This one is a couple years old at this point, but until I read Jane Eyre I had been putting it off. I love a quality retelling and Faye is absolutely delivering on that front. Jane Steele borrows the form and style of its predecessor and tells another story of a young woman attempting a life of her own, on her own terms. (Mswas Sawsm)
Máxima (Brazil)  recommends books to read in the holidays:
Escrito por Emily Brontë, ‘O Morro dos Ventos Uivantes’ conta a história de Catherine Earnshaw e seu irmão adotivo, Heathcliff. Os dois possuem uma relação intensa, marcada por amor e ódio. Apesar de clássica, a obra promete agradar e surpreender até mesmo os leitores mais modernos. (Translation)
Qué (Spain) announces the return of Jane Eyre 2011 to Netflix next month. AnneBrontë.org posts about 'Cards, Crackers And Music On Christmas Morning'.


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