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Party at Wildfell Hall – BYOB

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Ladies, lace up your corsets, leave your terrible husbands at home and get ready to party like it’s 1820. That’s right, today is Anne Brontë’s birthday and if there was ever an excuse to celebrate Anne and her achievements, her 200th birthday is definitely it.

Far from the ‘other Brontë’, Anne left an eternal mark on classic English literature. Under her pseudonym Acton Bell, she published a wide range of poems before her two novels Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. She has been widely acclaimed as a feminist author, having refused to write through the romantic lens that her sisters, Emily and Charlotte, preferred. Anne’s conviction in her own beliefs cost her a lot of readership and popularity at the time but today she is renowned and celebrated for exactly that.

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If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Anne’s big day, there are actual events happening that you can attend. In Bradford, West Yorkshire, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is hosting a bicentenary party, full of good food, crafting and poetry. In Sydney, Australia, Cate Whittaker will be giving a reading at the Stanton library. Bonus points if you dress up.

You could even throw your own party. Anne Brontë was a big believer in going her own way so the party theme would be totally up to you. Gather your troupe of talented sisters, brew some tea and discuss how you’re going to diverge from social mores – it’s what Anne would want.

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Sadly, Anne died in May 1849, at the age of 29. Like many young people at the time, she died of tuberculosis. Despite the fact that she is often cited as the ‘least popular Brontë sister’, her legacy has taken on a posthumous new life.

Happy Birthday, Anne. There are many things to celebrate today; Anne’s body of work, her fierce spirit and the amazing talent that was bred and nurtured in the Brontë home. Anne’s last words are reported as being “Take courage, Charlotte, take courage” and if that isn’t the energy to take with you into 2020, we don’t know what is.

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Seven Spectacular Jane Eyre Memes

Jane Eyre is a wonderful, compelling book. It’s also silly, competitive, and bonkers insulting. Let’s make it even sillier with the best the nonsense internet has to offer.

 

 

So you get this job in the middle of nowhere. Sure, they didn’t give you a lot of details, but at least nothing else is weird about it, and your new boss is super nice. Your name is not Jane Eyre.

 

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Life’s hard for an orphan, but Jane isn’t really one to complain, she kind of just takes it as it comes. It’s just as well, because even aside from her aunt hating her, people don’t seem to feel the need to be very nice to her, even our ‘hero’ and the rest of the people she meets at work.

 

 

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But boy do they. And she does too. Get some self confidence, girl! Sure, Rochester might not flirt like a normal person, but that’s no reflection on you. Being constantly downtrodden doesn’t mean you can’t live your best life! Why, when I was your age, I hadn’t received any proposals of marriage, and you have two! Sure, one is your cousin, and the other is already married, but ‘plain’ is either false or irrelevant. Mostly.

 

 

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We need a spin off. Did anyone else have about a million questions about Blanche? She’s pretty and popular, sure, and Rochester nearly marries her, but from Jane’s perspective, she’s sort of a force of nature. Personally, I want to know more.

It’s like things can never be easy for Jane. Even when she gets what she wants it goes sideways.

 

 

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So fun! Sure, it’s a bit of a rocky start, but marriage is complicated. I think those crazy kids can make it. Probably. If there’s something crazy that brings them back together. But what are the chances of that?

 

 

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We’re talking ARSON. We’re talking FALSE IMPRISONMENT. We’re talking BLINDNESS. How does Rochester feel so guilty but also act so cold? The man’s an enigma. Guilty as he may feel about Bertha, though, he moves on fast. You didn’t have to be so weird this whole time, man! You could’ve been happy!

 

 

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I’d love to know what’s going on in that guy’s head. I sort of picture it like beauty and the beast where he’s just angry in some room alone, slamming doors.

Lot’s of ups and downs, but all’s well that ends well (is this a happy ending?), I guess.

 

 

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Emily Brontë’s Poems Produced as Songs to Mark Her 200th Birthday!

If you’re a fan of the Brontë sisters then you’ll be delighted to hear that Emily Brontë’s poems are being made into songs. A folk band by the name The Unthanks and Adrian McNally made audio soundtracks of the poems and paired them with original music they have composed.

 

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The Brontë Society, which runs the museum in sisters’ old family home the Personage, commissioned Unthanks to make an audio production of Emily Brontë’s poems and combine it with the bands folk style to create The Emily Bronte Song Cycle. This year marked Emily’s 200th Birthday.

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Emily is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights and probably lesser known for her poetry. The only poetry book she had published was entitled Remembrance, but it was these poems that inspired composer Adrian McNally and sisters Rachel and Becky from Unthanks to create music.The poems of Emily Brontë were turned into songs on her own original piano and recorded in her home at the Brontë Personage Museum.

 

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Anyone who has been fortunate enough to visit the museum since the musical project got underway have experienced a special treat. They get to go through a hi-tech audio trial that leads people out of the home and up along the dirt tracks with beautiful countryside views. Along the way, radio frequency beacons are hidden around to keep the music coming and visitors are given noise cancelling headphones to block them from the outside world, with only the haunting voices of The Unthanks sisters and Emily’s poetically dark songs.

 

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The Emily Brontë Song Cycle is in the final stages of being produced into CD, vinyl record, and digital format for downloading. It is due to be available in February 2019. If you want a sneak peak of the songs, check it out below!

 

 

 

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Kate Bush

Kate Bush to Release a Brand New Lyrical Book This Year with Forward by David Mitchell

I think Kate Bush has always been of another world or era, not this one, but we are blessed to have her. Now, she’s proving her talent and musical genius once again, only this time, it’s within the realm of literature.

 

All her collective works throughout her career that contain lyrics tying back to literary legends like Emily Bronte and James Joyce will be published. That’s 40 years worth of undeniable art and we’re ready for it. According The Irish Times, Faber will release How to Be Invisible: Selected Lyrics on December 6th and it comes with a special contribution.

 

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Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, who has said Bush is his “hero”, wrote a beautiful introduction about the singer for her book. His adoration and tribute to Bush is one that lasts a lifetime:

 

For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life… One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal.

 

We have to agree with that one. December might be an even more successful month than Bush could imagine. She has been nominated for induction into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame for 2018 and the winners are announced in December. What a time that would be as an inductee with a brand new lyrical book. Once again, Bush never ceases to entrance us all.

 

 

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Kate Bush, Jeanette Winterson and More Pay an Unbelieveable Tribute to the Brontë Sisters!

As any bookworm would feel, a little Brontë never hurt anybody. And when you’re Kate Bush you know the Brontës are basically like gods. After all, being launched into music stardom at the age of eighteen because of your hit “Wuthering Heights” is no common story. Now, 40 years later and she’s paying tribute to the sisterly dream team all over again.

 

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A tribute to last a lifetime will be made by Bush, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet Jackie Kay, and novelist Jeanette Winterson. These four women had their talents requested to write a piece of poetry or prose that will be engraved onto the stones lining the eight-mile road near the sisters’ birthplace and family home.

 

Duffy has Charlotte, Kay has Anne, Winterson has the Brontë legacy as a whole, and, of course, Bush has Emily. The tribute comes at the time of the two-hundredth year anniversary of Emily’s birth as well as the 40th anniversary of Bush’s superb hit. So, to say the timing is just right is an understatement. And Bush obviously agrees.

 

Emily only wrote the one novel— an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily’s stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her.

 

It will be in July during the Bradford literature festival that the stones will be revealed to the public and the excitement is building with such talent on board. Syima Aslam, the festival’s director, couldn’t believe the luck. “We saw it as such a good fit, but equally we were, ‘she might just say no’. But you won’t know unless you ask…”

 

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Winterson is just as touched and grateful to find her way back to the Bronte sisters having grown up Lancashire and walking through the misty hills.

 

I read the Brontës and felt their spirit stand by me… The Brontës showed me that hearts beat like mine, that the struggle to know who you are happens across time and generations, and gender… They showed me that writing needs the power of the personal behind it– but that somehow the story one person tells has to become a story many people can claim as their own. And the Brontes are women. As a woman I needed those ancestors, those guides. I still do.

 

Two hundred years later and these sisters are still with us in everything we do. In the Footsteps of the Brontes will be the title of the event that will take place July 8th between Thornton and Haworth as well as in Bradford.

 

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