Sunday, January 12, 2020

BBC News talks about the current Scarborough exhibition of artwork based on Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:
An exhibition celebrating 200 years of Anne Brontë has opened with hundreds of artworks inspired by her writing.
The pieces were each inspired by a different page of her bestselling, and final, novel - The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
They are being shown at Woodend gallery in Scarborough.
Lindsey Tyson, an artist and the exhibition's creator, said of the author: "She's like the forgotten sister, the other sister."
Anne Brontë was born on 17 January 1820 and also wrote Agnes Grey. She died at the age of 29, after succumbing to tuberculosis, and is the only member of the famous literary family not buried at their home in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
A page from a vintage edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was given to 200 artists, who used it as the basis for their artworks.
Ms Tyson described the exhibition as Brontë's last novel in "picture form" and includes textiles, digital art and portraits.
The Brontë Society previously said: "In some ways she is now viewed as the most radical of the sisters, writing about tough subjects such as women's need to maintain independence, and how alcoholism can tear a family apart."
The exhibition runs until 8 February. (BBC History)
And The Telegraph & Argus announces the Anne Brontë party to be held in Bradford next January 17:
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 a Zine Making workshop with local artist Rosie Mcandrew, poetry by Sharena Lee Satti, spoke word performances by Kirsty Taylor and progressive synth sounds and visuals from Alice Hubble. (Michael Black)
Kate Kellaway is asked in The Observer about novels about love free of clichés:
Your question makes me think about what it is to be cliched – if only because you might argue that love is the greatest and most necessary of cliches, and if you steer too far from the heart’s core in literature, romance sometimes retreats. Or did you mean that there are obvious romantic books to mention – Gone With the Wind, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre? You also got me thinking about Jane Eyre in particular because, in her case, it is the lack of cliche that makes for romance. Neither Jane Eyre nor Rochester is conventionally good looking, yet imperfection arrives at its own perfection (there is hope for us all). In her cunning way, Charlotte Brontë does what Mills & Boon novels are required to do: she sees that love triumphs over obstacles. But her casting (among other things) is superior. She knows about ordinary magic.
Also in The Observer some northern writers are interviewed:
Graham Caveney:
Elizabeth Gaskell or Charlotte Brontë? It’s got to be Mrs G although I have a very soft spot for Anne.

Ray Robinson
Elizabeth Gaskell or Charlotte Brontë? Emily all the way.  (Anita Sethi)
The Wire and Il Corriere Della Sera (Italy) review Greta Gerwig's Little Women:
Gerwig has to come up with a “feminist” reason — Jo believes Meg should become a great actor instead of marrying — but that’s not at all the source of Jo’s misery. Alcott, an admirer of the Brontë sisters, clearly recognised how genius can emerge from a world of intense sibling creativity in childhood, but the glorious joy of that creativity is lost and can’t be sustained into adulthood. (Eileen Jones)
Louisa May Alcott scrisse Piccole donne, e poi Piccole donne crescono, in un clima da Cime tempestose delle sorelle Brontë (esplicitamente citate), quando le donne erano schiave angelicate, senza diritti e con troppi doveri. (Paolo Baldini) (Translation)
Pauta (Chile) lists books for summer:
Cumbres Borrascosas de Emily Brontë
 La historia trata acerca de la familia Earnshaw, que vive en un pantano aislado de Inglaterra a fines del siglo XVIII. Cuando el padre regresa de un viaje a Liverpool, trae con él a un gitano huérfano a quien nombran Heathcliff, y tanto Hindley como Catherine, sus hijos, lo detestan. Sin embargo, Cathy no es una niña muy femenina, por lo que se termina acercando al niño excluido cuando se escapan constantemente para jugar en la intemperie. El único problema para Heathcliff es que su apariencia nunca le permitirá encajar en el mundo de clases sociales, al que inevitablemente pertenece su amiga.(Fernanda Valiente Deichler) (Translation)
Vistanet (Italy) quotes from La Colpa di Ines by Mirella Manca:
“«Vorrei essere un’edera e mettere le radici su di te così che tu non mi possa mai debellare.» Una frase da cinematografo che, se l’avesse sentita in bocca a chicchessia, l’avrebbe fatta ridere a crepapelle. “Forse legge pure lui Jane Eyre come mia sorella!”  (Federica Cabras) (Translation)
TV2000 (Italy) announces the first episode of  Jane Eyre 2006 for tonight (9:05pm). The Edge (Uganda) lists Jane Eyre among the best novels ever. Jane Eyre's Library talks about a new edition of Jane Eyre in Spain.


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