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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 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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7 Authors For Whom I Have Genuine Romantic Feelings

Over the course of my life I have fallen in love with so many authors, and this is almost solely based on their ability to pen some of the most beautiful lines and prose that my eyes have ever had the pleasure to soak up. Whether these authors are alive or dead, attractive or ugly, male or female, I have developed a crush on almost every single one whose words have given me reason to mark a page. I call it unrequited reader love. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to compile a list of some of my main author crushes, complete with some favorite quotes of theirs. 


1. Victor Hugo, author of Les Miserables (1862) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (1831)



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  • ” ‘Oh, love!’ said she, and her voice trembled and her eye brightened. ‘That is to be two and yet but one. A man and a woman blended into an angel. It is heaven itself.’ ” – The Hunchback of Notre-Dame


  • “It is nothing to die. It is frightful not to live.” – Les Miserables 


  • “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves–say rather, loved in spite of ourselves; the conviction the blind have. In their calamity, to be served is to be caressed. Are they deprived of anything? No. Light is not lost where love enters. And what a love! A love wholly founded in purity. There is no blindness where there is certainty.” – Les Miserables 


2. Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights (1847)



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  • “My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”


  • “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now so he shall never know how I love him and that not because he’s handsome Nelly but because he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same and Linton’s is as different as a moonbeam from lightning or frost from fire.” 


  • “I hate him for himself, but despise him for the memories he revives.” 


3. Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) and Jitterbug Perfume (1984)


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  • “The Earth is alive. She burns inside with the heat of cosmic longing. She longs to be with her husband again. She moans. She turns softly in her sleep. When the symbologies of civilization are destroyed, there will be no more ‘earthquakes.’ Earthquakes are a manifestation of man’s consciousness. Without manmade follies, there could not be earthquakes. In the Eternity of Joy, pluralized, deurbanized man, at ease with his gentle technologies, will smile and sigh when the Earth begins to shake. ‘She is restless tonight,’ they will say.
    ‘She dreams of loving.’
    ‘She has the blues.’ ” – Even Cowgirls Get the Blues


  • “When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don’t think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin’ on himself and start payin’ attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.” – Jitterbug Perfume


  • “He was becoming unstuck, he was sure of that – his bones were no longer wrapped in flesh but in clouds of dust, in hummingbirds, dragonflies, and luminous moths – but so perfect was his equilibrium that he felt no fear. He was vast, he was many, he was dynamic, he was eternal.” – Jitterbug Perfume


4. Haruki Murakami, author of countless contemporary novels


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  • “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” – Kafka on the Shore 


  • “I think you still love me, but we can’t escape the fact that I’m not enough for you. I knew this was going to happen. So I’m not blaming you for falling in love with another woman. I’m not angry, either. I should be, but I’m not. I just feel pain. A lot of pain. I thought I could imagine how much this would hurt, but I was wrong.” – South of the Border, West of the Sun


  • “Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?” – Sputnik Sweetheart 


5. Oscar Wilde, playwright and author of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)



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  • “I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” 


  • “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”


  • “When one is in love, one always begins by deceiving one’s self, and one always ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.” 


6. Charlotte Bronte, author of Jane Eyre (1847)


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  • “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.” 


  • “I have for the first time found what I can truly love–I have found you. You are my sympathy–my better self–my good angel–I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and spring of life, wrap my existence about you–and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.” 


  • “Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” 


7. James Joyce, author of Ulysses (1922) and Dubliners (1914)



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  • “I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.” – Ulysses 


  • “It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” – “The Dead,” Dubliners


  • “Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.” – Ulysses


So there it is, wide out in the open: a guide to my Valentine’s Day author crushes. They flirted their way into my heart simply through their written words. 


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Isn’t It Byronic? The 5 Byronic Heroes We Love to Hate

Oh, Lord Byron. What beautiful poetry and prose you provided us at the height of the Romantic movement. Poems like Don Juan, “She Walks In Beauty,” and “Prometheus.” But what else have we inherited all of these years later from your words and personality? The Byronic Hero—that’s what. What is the Byronic Hero exactly? Oh, he’s a character who embodies the tell-tale signs of an anti-hero. He’s exceedingly brooding, tends to dwell in isolation, exemplifies traits of arrogance, and yes, he of course is an intensely enigmatic figure of romance for our literary heroines in the works in which he appears. 


When I was a wisp of a thing in my high school days, I was immediately drawn to the classics. Like most teenagers, I was angst-ridden, and felt alone in the world. So of course I fell deeply for these silent and brooding characters. In a manner that would send my fifteen-year-old heart floating up to the heavens, here’s a list of some of my favorite Byronic Heroes. 


1. Edward Fairfax Rochester from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte




Perhaps one of my favorite characters in general, Rochester is a deeply mysterious figure to our title character, Jane Eyre. Jane takes up a position as governess on Rochester’s vast estate, Thornfield Hall, and what begins as a friendship soon becomes a relationship of passion and love. Jane is strong and independent, and she fights against the love she feels for her employer, but Rochester continues to torment and tease her. Of course, owing to his Byronic nature, Rochester has some…skeletons locked away in an attic tower that Jane is absolutely forbidden from entering. This past and the mistakes he made in his youth cause Rochester great pain and suffering, and despite the mutual love, respect, and devotion the two characters feel for one another, Jane cannot reconcile his transgressions, and she leaves him. Sadness.


2. Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte




Arguably much less appealing than her sister’s character of Rochester is Emily Bronte’s version of the Byronic Hero, Heathcliff. Heathcliff is the adopted son of a man named Earnshaw, who found him alone on the streets during one of his journeys away from his estate, Wuthering Heights. When he returns home with the boy, he introduces him to his biological children: Catherine and Hindley. Hindley resents Heathcliff, but of course Catherine and her adopted brother develop a strong bond with one another. The story progresses, everyone grows older, and Catherine and Heathcliff develop an intense passion for one another. Of course, things do not work out for the two lovers, and Catherine chooses a man of much more respectable means to be her husband despite the love she feels for Heathcliff. This destroys Heathcliff’s mind, heart, and soul and he seeks vengeance upon all who wronged him, but never does his obsessive love for Catherine fade. Catherine also continues to love Heathcliff because she believes they are bound together by forces unknown, but owing to duty she continuously spurns him. 


3. Claude Frollo from Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo




Unlike Disney’s version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo’s original 1831 novel depicts his characters in a much darker light. A major change from this novel to film is the character of Claude Frollo. Understandably, Disney rewrites his character from priest to judge due to the lustful urges he feels for the the beautiful dancing gypsy girl, Esmeralda. This unfortunate change, however, turns him into a villain and not the antihero that he truly is. In the novel, the man is torn apart between his unfailing devotion to the Church and to God, and a fiery lust he never recognized in himself before. Truly, he is not a sinister man, but his inability to reconcile his very human desires destroys him and almost every other character linked to him. 


4. Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling




Undoubtedly a Byronic Hero due to the unfailing love and devotion he continues to feel towards Lilly Evans-Potter “after all these years,” and the dangerous position he places himself in because of that love is Snape. His life is an unending tragedy from start to finish: an abusive and unhappy upbringing, relentless teasing from bullies, and a failed romance/friendship with Lily due to misguided direction from his peers which ultimately results in her death. He atones for his sins and his actions by vowing to protect her son’s life against Voldemort despite his complete hatred for the boy, and he places his own life in mortal danger to do just that. His life is nothing but pain and heartbreak, and for that he is one of my favorite modern-day Byronic Heroes.


5. The Monster from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 




Technically, Victor Frankenstein and the Monster are both Byronic Heroes, but I was always drawn to the Monster. The Monster is created by Victor Frankenstein, a man of science who salvages the parts of corpses to construct this creature. Immediately upon awakening the nameless monster, Frankenstein abandons him for he is disgusted by the nature of having played God, and for his monstrous form. The Monster is actually quite intelligent and capable of a vast spectrum of emotions, and he truly does attempt to fit into society. The Monster, on his own, befriends a blind man who is incapable of judging his harsh appearance until his seeing-children enter the situation. They see the tragic creature, and cast him away, screaming and hurting him. The Monster no longer tries to conform to societal standards, and becomes quite bitter and hostile to the rest of the human race because he sees there is no place for a creature whose appearance is so starkly different from the rest of mankind. 


Honorable Byronic mentions: Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; Erik from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; and Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexendre Dumas.


So there you have it. A fairly comprehensive list of some of the most emo boys in literature! 




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