Monday, July 13, 2020

Keighley News reports the upcoming reopening of the Brontë Parsonage, the appeals for the survival of the Brontë Parsonage and the launch of the virtual Brontë Lounge:
The Bronté Parsonage Museum will reopen later this summer thanks to a grant from Arts Council England.
The cash will be spent on costs associated with reopening such as upgrading booking systems and complying with Covid 19 regulations such as the installation of protective screens.(...)
The society said closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the organisation, which relies heavily on income from individual visitors, school groups and events.
Trish Gurney, chairman of the Brontë Society Board of Trustees, said: "We are extremely grateful for the funding awarded by Arts Council England via their emergency support package and would like to thank them and everyone who plays the National Lottery for a much-needed lifeline at this time. 
"The funds provided will be massively important to us in the immediate future as we prepare to welcome visitors back to the Parsonage later in the summer.
"However, as we rely on the income we generate during the spring and summer months to sustain us through the quieter autumn and winter seasons, we are painfully aware that we will continue to face financial challenges for many months to come. 
"We know that the situation is dire for many, but we ask that lovers of the Brontës, their works and the Parsonage will consider supporting our Just Giving appeal to help ensure that once we reopen, we will remain open.”
The society is asking people to help secure the museum’s long-term future at justgiving.com/campaign/bronteparsonageappeal. (...)
Rebecca Yorke, Head of Communications for the museum, said: "While the museum has been closed, we’ve been heartened by the support shown to the Brontë Society by an uplift in membership subscriptions and retail sales from our online shop.
"In addition, we are very excited about the launch of The Brontë Lounge, a new digital programme of talks and readings with writers and Brontë admirers.  (...)
"The Brontës overcame many obstacles in their short lives, and it is with their determination and spirit in mind, that we are reviewing what we do and how we do it, in order to increase our resilience and relevance and be around for many more years to come.”
Tracy Chevalier, novelist said: “I’m delighted to be one of the first guests in The Brontë Lounge. The Brontës are woven into the pattern of this nation’s literary life, and I am always happy to support the Brontë Parsonage Museum by talking about them.” (David Knights)
The Times Daily Quiz includes today the question:
5 Maria Branwell (1783-1821) was the mother of which Yorkshire-born sisters? (Olav Bjortomt)
Vogue (UK) comments on a set of special landscape covers in the August issue by Craig McDean:
Ah, the verdant, sloping hills of the Lake District. As much a part of British sensibilities as the Brontë sisters and afternoon tea, it feels fitting that one of its many beauty spots should be immortalised on a Vogue cover. (Hannah Coates)
The Northern Times talks about the catchlight in photography:
A small lamp dubbed an “obie” (after Academy Award nominee Merle Oberon, who starred in classic films such as Wuthering Heights) was first mounted on the side of a camera on the set of the film The Lodger in 1944. Oberon’s husband to be, Lucien Ballard, a cinematographer, designed this light to alleviate, with the help of make-up, Oberon’s facial scars following a car accident in 1937.
Dull light, bad weather and the seasons in all their moods have, nevertheless, added much to the enhancement of many a photograph or movie (not least the bad weather symbolism in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights). (Alison Cameron)
The Daily Mail describes a drive-in session of Grease:
The Malibu beach scenes of the film’s opening only confirm that we are very much in South London. It’s not raining. However, the weather will be familiar to anyone who has braved a British seaside resort — brisk, breezy, not exactly the Californian dream.
Less Danny and Sandy, more Cathy and Heathcliff. (Hannah Betts)
Berlingske (Denmark) reviews Som Sørine læser Bibelen by Sørine Gotfredsen:
For det tredje får man også noget at vide om Sørine Gotfredsen selv. Om hendes opvækst, forældre, søskende, veninde- og kærlighedsforhold. Om hendes gudsforhold og hendes kamp med de store eksistentielle spørgsmål og med at få Bibelen til at give svar. Om hendes helte og heltinder, Søren Kierkegaard og Charlotte Brontë. (Pia Sølftoft) (Translation)
El Heraldo de Aragón (Spain) interviews the writer Ana Alcolea:
Antón Castro: ¿Qué libros, qué personajes y hechos le impactaron?
A.A.: De niña leía todo lo que caía en mis manos, desde 'Los tres mosqueteros' a 'Las almas muertas', pasando por 'La Ilíada' y las aventuras de Los cinco. No hacía distinciones. La cólera de Aquiles se mezclaba con los páramos, la cerveza de jengibre, los diamantes de la reina de Francia y con los viajes de Chíchikov. Pero sin duda, mi personaje favorito era Jane Eyre, protagonista de la novela homónima de Charlotte Brönte (sic). Yo quería ser institutriz en Thornfield, como ella, ¡tal vez por eso me hice profesora! (Translation)
Efe Eme (Spain) interviews Isa Cea from the Triángulo de Amor Bizarro band:
De hecho, «Folía de las apariciones», uno de los cortes más radiantes del álbum, se inspira en una pequeña obsesión de Isa: «Estos últimos años estuve bastante loca con Kate Bush. Una de sus canciones más míticas —(«Wuthering heights»)— está inspirada en el libro Cumbres borrascosas y me decidí a leerlo. Lo devoré en horas porque es increíble, es una pasada. Y «Folía de las apariciones», que habla sobre ese amor desesperado y fantasmal, está un poco inspirada también en ese libro, pero ubicado en Abanqueiro en lugar de en la Inglaterra victoriana [risas]». (Sara Morales) (Translation)
AnneBrontë.org posts about the links between the Brontës and the USA.

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