Friday, May 21, 2021

The North’s Best Staycation Spots in The Northern Life:
Haworth, West Yorkshire 
Calling all literary lovers! The charming village of Haworth is the place to be if you’re looking to dive into a sea of rich history. For those that do not know, Haworth was home to the famous Brontë sisters; Charlotte, Emily and Ann. In addition to its magnificent culture and cobblestone streets, Haworth also offers a touch of greenery and this lies in its central park and the trail leading to the culturally famous Top Withens farmhouse. (Georgia Rivett)
TG Tourism (Italy) also recommends a visit:
Sei passato dal Lancashire alla più grande contea dell’Inghilterra: lo Yorkshire. Qui rimarrai affascinato da opinioni che hanno ispirato classici della letteratura come Wuthering Heights e Jane Eyre. Dirigiti verso l’incantevole villaggio di Haworth, dove troverai il Brontë Parsonage Museum, luogo che offre una visione affascinante della vita di Charlotte, Emily e Anne Brontë. (Valentina Verola) (Translation)
The Scotsman reviews the upcoming novel Pig and Nuncle by Des Dillon:
In 200 pages of inventive, electric prose, Des Dillon sets out to imagine an alternative outcome for King Lear and his Fool, as they take some well-meaning advice from a time-travelling Jane Eyre. (..)
And in another dramatic twist, he finds himself observing not only the king, but none other than Jane Eyre, who in full flight across the moors from Thornfield Hall (“the woman arrives like a sudden crisp poke on a gust of wind,” writes Dillon, and believe me, we don’t mind) runs into whatever time vortex the Fool and Lear inhabit, and – having recognised the King’s rantings – begins the thankless task of persuading the pair that they are fictional characters, who should at least have a go at changing their terrible fate, and that of Lear’s beloved youngest daughter, Cordelia. The idea that Jane, too, might be a fictional character naturally never occurs to her. Lear calls her Pignut; and the Fool, who lives under Foolrules laid down in another world, is not allowed to enlighten her. (...)
The enlightenment figure of Jane Eyre emerges from the narrative, and from 19th century Yorkshire, as a true heroine, who wins the love of Lear and the Fool for her dauntless and loving determination to use her strength and wits to try to make the world a better place; but she fails hideously, with every intervention the three make into Shakespeare’s story resulting in more horrific final scenes, and more devastating descents into savagery and torture. (Joyce McMillan)
The Telegraph & Argus and The Yorkshire Post discuss the launch of a 10-year cultural plan to put Bradford 'on the national and international stage':
The full details of the 24 projects have yet to be announced, but will include a partnership between the Brontë Parsonage Museum and Neon Studio called Another World, a Bradford "Buskerval" run by local singer Premaura, a new family film festival and a partnership between South Square, Raven Staging and Bradford College looking back at the Centre's beginning as a Community Art Space - and the re-creation of Titanic, one of the centre's most popular events. (Chris Young)

The moors above Haworth inspired the Brontës to write novels such as Wuthering Heights, while Saltaire’s industrial heritage village was named a UNESCO World Heritage site 20 years ago. (Paul Jeeves)

Entertainment Weekly interviews the author Bridget Collins:
Which book is at the top of your current To-Read list?
Jane Eyre. I've read it before but it's going to be a very pleasant piece of 'research' for my current work-in-progress.
Summit Daily talks about the current productions by the Lake Dillon Theatre Co.: 
Titled “Gathering Light,” the two-act show combines classic musical songs and more obscure, contemporary numbers. It pays homage to Broadway stars like the late Rebecca Luker with “The Sound of Music” and “The Music Man” medleys and then allows the actors to express themselves with personal picks from shows such as “Baby” and “Jane Eyre.” (Jefferson Geiger)
The Guardian reviews the book Diamond Hill by Kit Fan:
The questions of postcolonial identity and the legacy of colonialism are deftly explored through Boss’s Anglophilic fixation with an idealised England to which she can escape; her bedroom is decorated with “complete leather-bound sets of Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and George Eliot”, which turn out to be film props. (Sharlene Teo)
The Telegraph (India) discusses mental health in fiction:
The ‘mad’ woman in the attic can finally come downstairs and tell her own story — think of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, which tells readers what happened to Bertha Mason, Edward Rochester’s “violently insane” first wife who was locked in the attic of Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre with no way of countering her husband’s claims. (Nayantara Mazunder)
Hello! recommends films on Netflix:
Wuthering Heights (2011)
Kaya Scodelario plays legendary literary character Cathy Earnshaw in this mean and moody adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic. Shot in the North Yorkshire moors and featuring songs by Mumford & Sons, this earthy take on the romance between Cathy and Heathcliff (James Howson) was a little too downbeat for some but perhaps gets closer to the grittiness of the book than previous versions. (James King)
Pinkvilla quotes the Indian actress and singer Shruti Haasan quoting Anne Brontë:
One can see, Shruti Haasan proves to be a goth princess yet again in a floral crop top paired with black denim and a spiked headband. She captioned one of the photos as "But he that dares not grasp the thorn. Should never crave the rose." – Anne Brontë." 
Yesterday's Crossword in USA Today included a Brontë question:
Brontë heroine Jane.
The Seattle Times features a Three Trees Bookstore, 'a tiny bookstore in Burien':
Some of the omissions they had to make still haunt them: “I don’t think we even carry ‘Jane Eyre,’ my favorite book,” [Ingrid] Miller says. But thanks to modern distribution systems, basically any other title in the world their customers desire is just a day or two away. (Paul Constant)
Les Echos (France) recommends British author for Spring reading:
Mais pas toujours avec les mêmes armes. Kae Tempest et Kerry Hudson réinventent à leur façon le roman social ou sociétal, libertaire et âpre, quand Daisy Johnson, Fiona Mozley ou Imogen Hermes Gowar s'approprient la tradition du roman gothique, historique ou fantastique, pour mieux en détourner les codes. Elles n'ont pas peur de convoquer les fantômes des soeurs Brontë, d'Ann Radcliffe ou Daphné du Maurier pour les confronter au présent. (Philippe Chevilley) (Translation)
Condé Nast Traveler (Spain) talks about the Galician poet Xela Arias:
En una entrevista, Pascal Quignard reconocía que lo que más hondamente le marcó cuando visitó la tumba de Chuang-Tse en China era como el paraje se había trasformado en un lugar “tan Chuang-Tse”; una selva primitiva e indómita, donde palpitaba el espíritu del poeta chino. Lo mismo sucede cuando uno visita Yorkshire, el escenario de Cumbres borrascosas, esos riscos escarpados y caminos embarrados donde el cielo tampoco cobija y donde el viento se empeña en borrar toda huella que no sean las de Catherine y Heathcliff, personajes de la novela de Emily Brontë. (María Ovelar) (Translation)


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