Tuesday, August 02, 2022

 The New European talks about Geordie Greig, former editor of the Daily Mail:
A number of influential figures have recommended him [for a peerage], not simply for his services to journalism – he made a valiant attempt to detoxify the Daily Mail – but also to the arts. A man of parts, Greig, as chairman of the Friends of the National Libraries, got together an unprecedented consortium of libraries and museums last year to raise £15m to save the Honresfield Library for the nation. The treasure trove included a letter in which Jane Austen anticipated the end of a love affair and a handwritten manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems that was once believed lost.
Half the amount was donated by Sir Leonard Blavatnik, Britain’s richest man. Greig has influential friends. (Mandrake)
Albury City announces the upcoming performances of the shake & stir Jane Eyre production in Albury:
Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co.
Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel, forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.
This stunning new production, featuring original music written by multi-ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod will set a fire blazing in your soul.
GQ Magazine interviews Oliver Jackson-Cohen who plays William Weightman in the upcoming Emily biopic: 
Tara Ariano: Is Regency rom-com a genre that you spend a lot of time with as a viewer or a reader?
O.J-C.: Not really, but I think that was the appeal. I've done this Emily Brontë movie, which comes out later in the year. I knew nothing about Emily Brontë or Wuthering Heights — or very little. It’s the same with something like Mr. Malcolm's List. I'm familiar with it all, but it's not in my wheelhouse. So there was something very exciting about jumping into those worlds, and they're so fun.
T.A.: Given the rough stuff that you do most of the time, how did it feel knowing this was coming up on your schedule?
O.J-C.: I loved it. Like, I really, really loved it. Because I went from The Lost Daughter to Malcolm's List and then went into this Emily Brontë thing, which is pretty harrowing. So it was this magical moment. 
Colin Brazier in GBNews celebrates Yorkshire Day:
But in a world where regional kinks are constantly being ironed out by globalisation, Yorkshire still has something distinctive about it. You see it in the people it produces, from Brontë to Boycott, from Clarkson to Hockney, from Wilberforce to Fawkes; a certain cussedness; an unwillingness to go with the flow.
Tor.com discusses Daphne du Maurier:
Rebecca remains du Maurier’s best-loved novel, with good reason. The book is the story of the second Mrs de Winter, a naïve young woman who falls in love with the brooding and handsome wealthy widower Maxim de Winter, but upon their marriage finds herself and Maxim’s sprawling, sinister estate of Manderley haunted by the absence of his first wife, the mysterious and glamourous Rebecca de Winter. Du Maurier’s novel draws on a rich gothic tradition extending back to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), but with her own indelible spin on it.  (Jonathan Thornton)
The Wall Street Journal interviews Lena Dunham:
Lane Florsheim: What have you been reading and watching lately?
L.D.: I have been watching The Bear like everyone else. It is a joy, and I’m lucky enough to know some of the actors in it. I’m reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys for the first time. How I missed that in my female mid-century novelist development, I don’t know. I’m adoring it with every fiber of my being.
The writer Angela Slatter writes a piece for Female First with a list of Gothic heroines who won't be silenced:
6. Lucy Snowe in Villette by Charlotte Brontë. I would put my money on Lucy Snowe rather than Jane Eyre in a knife fight – just in case anyone was wondering. Jane endures, sure, but she goes back to Rochester and I must say that I judge her for this. Lucy Snowe survives all the traditional gothic losses – bereft of family, friends, funds and left to make her own way in the way – she flourishes. When someone tries to bully her, she claps back. Faced with ghosts (maybe), she burns their costumes. Sure, her lover is a bully, but she never lets him walk all over her – and when he disappears in a shipwreck, she’s honest, saying ‘M. Emmanuel was away three years. Reader, they were the happiest years of my life.’ Because she was entirely herself, as she has always been. No compromise – and she fulfils the words she writes at the beginning of the book ‘Thus, there remained no possibility of dependence on others; to myself alone could I look … self reliance and exertion were forced upon me by circumstances.’ And, dear reader, at all things she excels.
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett writes in The Guardian about babies who don't sleep well and parents who desperately want to sleep:
I think of Sylvia Plath’s words “cow-heavy and floral/ In my Victorian nightgown”, and remember how I prowled the house in the early weeks in my own Victorian nightgown, looking like Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre, and probably as much of a fire hazard. Forget operating heavy machinery, I could barely put one foot in front of the other and wept from exhaustion. The desire for sleep became something visceral and monstrous.
Narc reviews the comedy Muff Said by the Your Aunt Fanny Company in Newcastle: 
These sketches cover a lot of ground, from a painfully realistic depiction of being the token female amongst the manspreaders/splainers, through a rent-a-mam service, wildly uncomfortable surreal charity phone calls, a disastrous hen do, Wuthering Heights by way of Benwell, a Geordie mam’s choir, and Love Island infused with more malapropisms than margaritas. (Laura Venus)
Matt Baumer in The Stranger makes a confession:
Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy. I don’t even want to admit to you how old I was when I realized Wuthering Heights was not about comic strip characters. (Matt Baume) 
Introducing the Brontë bun, according to WMN (Germany):
Der Brontë-Dutt
Dieser Dutt ist von unseren liebsten Period Dramen und der Vergangenheit inspiriert. Wer einen großen Auftritt und eine tolle Mähne liebt, für den ist der Brontë-Dutt (benannt nach den Brontë-Schwestern, die die großen Liebesromane der damaligen Zeit verfassten) genau das Richtige. Um diesen Dutt zu machen, solltest du deine Haare wellen und den Dutt im Nacken voluminös feststecken. Mit Wasserwellen funktioniert dieser Hairstyle auch hervorragend! (Anika Jany) (Translation)
The writer Inês Pedrosa answers the Proust questionnaire in Diário de Noticias (Portugal):
Heroínas favoritas na ficção?
Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Sofia Zawistowski, Marianna Sirca, Maria Pascoal, Alexandra Alpha, Milene Leandro e a minha Rosa Cabral. (Translation)
El Español (Spain) talks about the famous Wittgenstein-Popper poker incident:
Ludwig Wittgenstein parecía un actor del Hollywood de los años treinta. Alto, con los ojos azules y el pelo castaño, su rostro anguloso, granítico, evocaba esas tempestades interiores que afectan a los grandes héroes románticos, como el Heathcliff de Cumbres borrascosas. Eso sí, no había nacido pobre, sino en el seno de una de las familias más ricas del imperio austrohúngaro. (Rafael Narbona) (Translation)
La Opinión de Murcia (Spain) and letters:
Escrito en la historia o las de la Pardo Bazán entre otras en el libro de Ángeles Caso Esta noche quiero escribirte una carta de amor, donde cuenta las pasiones de quince escritoras a lo de sus vidas en distintos momentos de la historia, Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf o Simone de Beauvoir. (Belén Unzurrunzaga) (Translation)


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