Finally, the Brontë tantrum of 'leading experts' on the Lily Cole (off with her head!) affair has found its natural ecosystem: the tabloids. The Daily Mail (and Metro) basically repeat what we have already read on twitter feeds, blog posts and other tantrum-friendly spaces. The first paragraph of the article is a masterpiece of disinformation, half patronizing, half mansplaining:
A leading literature expert has resigned from the world's oldest literary society in disgust - following the announcement a former Playboy model will be its patron for 2018.Brilliant and disgusting, all at once. The rest of the article is more of the same. Been there, done that. Let's talk about real news. Keighley News reports what is really going on at the Parsonage:
We're now in the midst of our closed period, where the walls are scrubbed, windows cleaned, and collection items are delicately handled and dusted by our team of dedicated museum assistants.Feminism in India explores the life of the Bengali poet, Toru Dutt:
It really is a special time at the Parsonage, as collection items not always on display are brought out of storage to be checked for signs of deterioration, and items that are always on display – such as tables and chairs – are scrutinised for signs of infestation and wear and tear.
Alongside this activity, our curatorial team are preparing our exhibition spaces for our 2018 exhibition, titled Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë.
We are incredibly excited about this year’s bicentenary celebrations.
We know very little about Emily, compared to her siblings, and yet she looms large in people’s imaginations, and 2018 will see us engage with a range of artists to explore the different aspects of her character, including model, actress and social entrepreneur Lily Cole, poet Patience Agbabi, artist Kate Whiteford, and musicians The Unthanks.
We’re also delighted to welcome 2015-2017 Children’s Laureate and The Observer political cartoonist Chris Riddell to the museum in February half-term.
Chris, author of the Goth Girl series, the bestselling Ottoline books, and with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series and the Blobheads series, is spending the day with us on February 13.
Teens can take part in a two-hour illustration workshop in the afternoon, and in an evening event at the Old School Room, Chris will talk about his work whilst doing some live illustration. It promises to be a great day and night!
Tickets are selling fast, and places on the workshop are limited, so don’t delay in booking.
Although the museum is closed throughout January, we have storytelling walks taking place in Haworth on Saturday January 13 at 11am and 3pm.
Called ‘A Winter Wander’, the walks begin and end outside the Old School Room, and include encounters with local characters such as John Brown and Tabitha Ratcliffe, who knew the Brontë family well.
On Saturday January 20 at 2.30pm we have a fascinating local history and folklore event at West Lane Baptist Centre. Mapping Magic is an event that involves sharing magical stories and anecdotes about Haworth and the surrounding area.
Devised by Dr Simon White, an academic at Oxford Brookes University, Mapping Magic is an online resource which allows people to share stories of magic and folklore.
You don’t have to be computer literate or t’internet savvy to take part – Simon will explain how the resource works, and how he needs your help so he can expand it.
If you have any magical stories or anecdotes about Haworth and the surrounding area – or can persuade a family member or friend to share theirs – please come along and take part.
Tickets for the Winter Wander cost £6/£4 concessions and include a discount on a hot drink from Cobbles and Clay on Main Street, whilst tickets for an afternoon of Mapping Magic cost £3/£2 concessions and include a cup of tea. That’s two good reasons to brave the cold in January!
Visit bronte.org.uk/whats-on to book tickets online or call 01535 640192. More from me next time on our new Emily exhibition, which opens on February 1. (David Mason)
In 1869, the family moved to France. Govind Dutt was determined to give his daughters the best possible education. Since female literacy was at its inception in Britain, the family took advantage of the French system where Toru and Aru received lessons in language, history and art. They were also well instructed in music, especially the piano. Both sisters were avid readers of books and showed a great deal of proficiency in the French language. They were fed on a literary diet of well known writers such as the Brontë sisters as well as Victor Hugo. (Udita Chakrabarti)The Dubois County Herald talks about a local basketball player:
The final motivation seals it all together: courage. One of [Clare] Mangin’s favorite books is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. In it, there is a passage that reads: “I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.”The Spanish translation of Damas Oscuras (which includes Charlotte Brontë's Napoleon and the Spectre) is mentioned in several newspapers: El País, La Huella Digital The Black Barouche reviews Jane Eyre 1996.
Mangin has taken these words to heart and goes forward fearlessly on the court as she does in the rest of her life. She is not afraid of the bumps and bruises that go along with life’s journey. She simply sees them as steps toward progress. (Jonathan Saxon)