Thursday, May 21, 2020

First of all, The Crow Emporium is auctioning a lovely, unique lot on Ebay the proceeds of which will go to  NHS Charities Together.
"Sad wanderer, weep those blissful timesThat never may return!'
The lovely floweret seemed to say,
And thus it made me mourn."
The Bluebells - Anne Brontë
This auction is to raise money for mental health services for our frontline NHS workers who will be facing years of post traumatic stress due to the endless grief, death and crisis they have had, and continue, to endure.
Inspired by the beautiful poem by Anne Brontë, The Bluebell, each of our generous creative partners has donated a special, never to be replicated piece.
What you will receive:
Original Anne Brontë handmade figurine
Original artwork of the Bronte Parsonage Museum
Blossom frame of Haworth Bluebells
£50 voucher for use at The Crow Emporium website.
100% of the proceeds go to the NHS Charities Together.
The auction will be live for 24 hours.

According to Woman & Home,
The best love stories never grow old – just ask Shakespeare, Emily Brontë and Jane Austen – and nor do they feel any less relevant now than they would have centuries ago. (Isabelle Broom)
The Beat reviews A Gift For A Ghost (whose original title is The Black Holes) by Borja González.
In 2016, Gloria is meeting up with Laura after listening to Laura’s band’s demo tape and agreeing to meet the other member, Christina, in order to decide whether to join the band or not. Gloria admits she has no musical ability, but that’s viewed as a strength by the other two. The band’s real secret weapon is Laura, though, whose lyrics Christina describes as “the Brontë Sisters giving a talk about the study on the thermonuclear fusion of stars,” which Christina also believes will change the world once they are unleashed in musical form. (John Seven)
Amherst Bulletin asks writer Debra Jo Immergut about what she's reading during the pandemic.
“I’m also catching up on classics I’ve missed, such as ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys, an early example of fan fiction, since it is a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Jane Eyre.’ Then there’s ‘Vanity Fair’ by William Makepeace Thackeray, which I’m reading in stages. I’m fascinated by the author’s barbed and bigoted social commentary — it’s got some of the delights of a Jane Austen novel but with a much nastier edge.” (Steve Pfarrer)
Literary Hub's Book Marks also asks bookish questions to writer Lara Prior-Palmer.
BM: Classic book on your To Be Read pile? LPP: Wuthering Heights, what a dazzling first page. I drink the sentences, put the book down, and forget I’m reading it. Perhaps I don’t feel the need to continue because so many people have done the work for me?


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