Saturday, January 15, 2022

Keighley News is proud to announce that Keighley College will be hosting the town's first-ever TEDx talk next month.
Tim Rogers – founder of Future Transformations, which runs TEDx – said it "made sense" to hold an event at the college.
He said: "Keighley has a rich history – with the globally-recognised Brontë Parsonage and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, and manufacturing and engineering businesses continuing to be the town's bread and butter.
"Hosting TEDx at Keighley College makes sense. Not only is it recognisable, but it's also important to highlight the college's role in the town and its significance in shaping the minds, characters and skills of the workforce.
"Also, the diversity of the town is key. By representing the people with their experiences, culture and backgrounds, this will showcase the town's inclusiveness and commitment to building a better, stronger and sustainable community." (Alistair Shand)
Still locally, The Telegraph and Argus shares what to do this week around the area and reminds readers of this month's special opening hours at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Former home of one of the world’s most famous literary families, Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, features almost untouched rooms and a collection of literature, manuscripts and contemporary exhibitions. It is open weekends throughout January. (Daryl Ames)
Do remember that you need to book in advance. All information here.

A columnist from The Kingston Whig Standard writes,
Like many, I have always had the romantic idea of diving into ‘the classics’ as they’re called. The Dostoevsky’s, Hemingway’s, Brontë’s, etc. Our society is obsessed with the notion of being ‘well-read.’ Many believe simply reading the works of smart people will in fact make them smart. Some go as far as to search for life’s answers within the pages of these books. While I’m not so sure either intellect or answers can so easily be adopted and/or found, I see no harm in putting one’s brain through the trials and tribulations of reading James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922). (Rudy Howell)
While a columnist from The Block Island Times reminisces about her childhood:
Then we, or more accurately I, had a few children’s books and also a few large volumes, the sort of thing people like my mother, a teacher with little means,
purchased, a Gilbert & Sullivan, with each operetta faced with a brightly hued plate, a Currier and Ives that disappointed even then, a pair of Brontë sisters volumes with haunting woodcuts and, best if all, “Birds of America.” (Martha Ball)
It's easy to put down the trigger warnings for classic books but your point would be taken more seriously if you got basic things like who wrote what right. From Shropshire Star:
Salford University is introducing "trigger warnings" that Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Emily Brontë's Jane Eyre may contain scenes readers could find distressing.
Now I read Great Expectations when I was about 10 years old, and can't say I found it too traumatic. I always assumed folk in Salford were made of sturdier stuff. (Mark Andrews)
Not the only blunder of the kind today. From La Marea (Spain):
Morante es una de las ilustradoras más prolíficas e importantes del panorama actual con una veintena de libros ilustrados, entre los que se encuentran obras tan importantes como Cumbres borrascosas, de Charlotte Brontë (Alma) (Esther López Barceló) (Translation)
Honestly, it's not that hard.

El País (Spain) reviews the show The Book of Boba Fett and wonders whether it is actually necessary to know everything in a story using Heathcliff's missing years as an example.
Hay cosas sobre las que es mejor no tener más información. En la vida, en la amistad, en el amor y en el arte. ¿Deberíamos saber lo que hizo Heathcliff cuando desapareció en Cumbres borrascosas durante varios años y regresó convertido en un potentado o resulta mejor mantener el misterio que Emily Brontë ocultó en su novela? Se intentó relatar aquellos años en un libro-continuación y fue un fracaso. (Guillermo Altares) (Translation)
Well, there have been several books about them indeed but we don't know that any of them was a remarkable failure.

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