Video: Obstinate Headstrong Girl

Sense and Spontaneity Comedy Group

You may remember last year the Australian comedy group  Sense and Spontaneity released a video singing the praises of Dear Mr. Darcy.

A sample of their lyrics:
Dear Mr Darcy we don’t want to be cruel
But if we saw you on the street we’d push you into a pool
Dear Mr Darcy we don’t mean to be curt
But we only want to see you in a wet white shirt

Sense and Spontaneity is back again with another singing ode, this time to Lizzie, in Obstinate Headstrong Girl. Inspired by “Helena Kelly’s ‘Jane Austen, the Secret Radical,’ and that really great scene in the BBC P&P where Lady Catherine is super insulting, and Elizabeth Bennet owns her like a boss.”

Sample lyrics:
Shy retiring spinster?
This satirical comic could put you through the ringer!
Her letters were notorious for casting shade,
And every word she wrote, she did it to get paid.

You can find Sense and Spontaneity on Facebook and on YouTube

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for July 22, 2018

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Emily’s Birthday Weekend: July 27 – 30 at The Bronte Parsonage

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No birthday should be celebrated without a birthday bash!

The Bronte Parsonage, in celebration of Emily Bronte’s 200th birthday, has a weekend long festival planned in her honor and happening at the museum at the end of this month.

Beginning Friday, July 27th, events such as talks, a concert, as well as book readings will offer visitors a rare look into one of the western canon’s greatest writers. The festival will conclude on Monday, July 30th.

The schedule includes:

  • Friday 7.30pm I Am Heathcliff a book reading from the anthology of the same name, curated by Kate Mosse.
  • Saturday 3.30pm Women, the Gothic and Emily a panel consisting of novelists Katherine Clements and Beth Underdown and chaired by Rosie Garland
  • Saturday 7.30pm This, That and ‘The Other’ a spoken word event “features a stunning array of poets, musicians and wordsmiths” curated by Melanie Abrahams
  • Sunday 7.30pm Lily Cole: Balls
  • Monday 2.00pm Emily Speaks a panel consisting of Bidisha, Hannah Lowe, and Melanie Abrahams who will discuss “Emily’s independence and self-determination in relation to the broader racial, cultural and social histories of the mid-nineteenth century”
  • Monday 7.30pm What Emily Means to Us: a celebration of Emily Brontë at 200 a panel of speakers who will read from Emily’s workd along with “The Unthanks, who will announce details of their forthcoming Emily-inspired work”

While some events are free, some of the events are not. The weekend pass is £50 for the general public, £40 for Brontë Society members, and £20 for 16-25 year-olds. You can also ticket some of the events individually with pricing varying from  £5 – 10. Many of the invites require registration. Please call 01535 640192 or visit the festival’s website for details.

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for July 15, 2018

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Get Bronte-fied

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If you live in the Carmel, IN area, this will be of interest to you.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Emily Bronte’s birth, the Carmel Clay Public Library is hosting several events this summer.

July 19th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, See the Movie: Jane Eyre – 630PM – 830PM
July 27th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, Watch the Movie: Wuthering Heights – 630PM – 830PM
July 30th – Get Brontë-fied!: Celebrating Emily – 7PM – 8PM

The events will be held at the library’s main location. They are free and are open to the public. Visit the library’s website for more information.