Friday, January 14, 2022

The Telegraph and Argus reports that a new housing estate near Thornton will have every street named in connection with the Brontës.
Fans of the Brontës could soon snap up an address inspired by the famous literary family, as Bradford Council has revealed plans to name every street on a new housing estate after the sisters, their family and their works. [...]
Last year, a planning application to build 160 homes on a plot of land off Thornton Road was approved by Bradford Council. The site is between Keelham and Thornton - the village the Brontë sisters were born in before moving to Haworth.
And at a meeting next week, Councillors will be asked to approve the names of the new estate - all of which will be named after either a members of the Bronte family or one of the sister’s novels.
The Council’s Bradford West Area Committee will hear that the decision is part of a push to better recognise “pioneering women” from the Bradford district.
Current legislation requires the decision to name a street after a person to undergo much more scrutiny than usual road naming. [...]
The estate will have 14 new streets, each one linked to the Brontes - who lived at a house on Market Street in Thornton, a little under a mile from the site. [...]
The proposed road names are Charlotte Brontë Way, Villette Row, Shirley Mews, Jane Eyre Lane, The Professor Close, Bronte Way, Anne Bronte Avenue, Agnes Grey Lane, Elizabeth Brontë Mews, Branwell Brontë Close, Emily Brontë Road, Maria Brontë Drive, Patrick Brontë Court and Wuthering Heights. (Chris Young)
Also on BBC News.

Jane Eyre is one of '6 Classics Everyone Should Read Once In Their Lifetime' according to Gobookmart.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
This book follows an orphan, Jane Eyre who gets employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall, the home of the mysterious Rochester. Over the course of their lives, Rochester and Jane fall irrevocably in love with each other. But Rochester is hiding a deep, dark secret within the walls of his home, and it threatens to spill out, on the eve of their wedding. With beautiful, engaging prose and a steady plot, this book is one to be devoured. (Sakshi)
Locus reviews These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood.
The publicity materials for Lauren Blackwood’s Within These Wicked Walls describe the book as an “Ethiopian-inspired debut retelling of Jane Eyre.” If you aren’t a fan of Charlotte Brontë’s classic this might put you off the book, whereas, if you are a fan, you might be instantly concerned that the marketing machine is overreaching. My first job with this review, then, is to reassure everyone that not only does Within These Wicked Walls live up to the comparison, it is also an enthralling gothic tale that will appeal to readers with no knowledge of Thornfield Hall, destitute governesses, or, thank goodness, the cliched “mad woman in the attic.” Personally, I’m not a fan of Jane Eyre, but I have many positive things to say about Blackwood’s book. This is a novel that brings mystery, romance, bloody horror, and magic together with a fast-paced plot and dynamic setting and succeeds on every level. It works; the whole dark story works. (Colleen Mondor)
A columnist from Express thinks that if university students need trigger warnings for Jane Eyre they might collapse when/if they get to Wuthering Heights... or Winnie the Pooh.
The University of Salford has given some books, including Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, a "trigger warning" to students. The little darlings are to be alerted to the fact that they might find some scenes distressing. Not half as distressing as Wuthering Heights, written by Charlotte's sister Emily: I still haven't recovered from studying it for A-level.
Half the characters seem to spend their entire time rampaging over the Yorkshire Moors, screeching like banshees and generally behaving like complete pains in the bum. Frankly, Cathy and Heathcliff deserved each other. But it didn't do me much harm.
But why stop there? Why not ban Winnie-the-Pooh? It's really an unpleasant representation of obesity, what with Pooh constantly pigging out on honey while clearly in a mutually abusive relationship with Piglet. And have you noticed he wears a top and no trousers? (Virginia Blackburn)
The Yorkshire Post doesn't like the way some actors have played Yorkshire people in the past.
[Actress Olivia] Colman, who grew up in Norfolk, makes a decent fist of a Yorkshire accent, which has traditionally been disfigured by performers who do not emanate from these parts.
There have been some grim attempts over the past few decades, from Juliette Binoche as Cathy in 1992’s Wuthering Heights to Anne Hathaway in 2011’s One Day. (Anthony Clavane)
Sonoma Index-Tribune reviews the film Encanto in which
As voiced by John Leguizamo, Mirabel’s uncle Bruno is locked in the attic like Rochester’s unfortunate first wife in “Jane Eyre.” Behind glowing green eyes, he’s troubled by untreated mental illness and dark visions of a Madrigal family futures. (Kirk Michael)
Tendencias Hoy (Spain) thinks that the Emily film starring Emma Mackey is one of several 2022 releases that beckon travellers to the UK (as if it was that easy these days!).

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