Staging the Brontë Sisters

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 12 June 2019 > What's On

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were wonderful storytellers, but their lives have fascinated generations of audiences almost as much as their books. The play Brontë by Polly Teale combines their biographies and their fiction. We talked to Barry Purves, who directed a recent production. Brontë by Polly Teale (2005), intertwines the biography of the Brontë … Continue reading “Staging the Brontë Sisters”

Tolkien the Storyteller

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 04 June 2019 > What's On

JRR Tolkien’s stories of Middle Earth, hobbits, wizards and dragons have captured the imagination of generations. A new film looks at his experiences of friendship, love and war as a young man, and how they may have influenced the man and work. Tolkien the film opens with a young officer, Tolkien, ill with a fever, … Continue reading “Tolkien the Storyteller”

Biobox: Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 26 April 2019 > Ready to Use

Our bioboxes are short “Who Am I?” quizzes to help introduce pupils to famous figures in the English-speaking world. This one was written by pupils for our “Who Am I?” contest. Thank you to Miss Mazuet’s 4e Euro class, Collège Clément Marot, Douvres la Délivrande (14). You can download the MP4 file below to use … Continue reading “Biobox: Sherlock Holmes”

Toasting Robert Burns

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 25 January 2018 > Celebrate

Not many countries have an annual celebration of their national poet. In fact not all countries have a national poet. But Scotland does and millions of people around the world celebrate him on Burns Night every 25 January. The adoption of Robert Burns (1759-1796) as national poet was a natural, organic process born or real … Continue reading “Toasting Robert Burns”

A Talk About Mary Shelley

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 08 November 2018 > What's On

The British Council in Paris will be hosting a talk by the author of a recent biography of Mary Shelley on 13 December. Originally scheduled for Friday 23 November, the talk was postponed due to illness. Fiona Sampson, poet and writer, will talk about Shelley, the subject of her recent biography In Search of Mary … Continue reading “A Talk About Mary Shelley”

Emily Brontë 200

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 04 July 2018 > Celebrate

Emily Brontë was born 200 years ago on 30 July. She is the most mysterious of the famous Brontë family and little is known about her. What’s more, the manuscript of her only novel, Wuthering Heights, has never been found. A bicentenary project invited 12,000 visitors to the Brontë Museum to recreate the manuscript, line … Continue reading “Emily Brontë 200”

Women on Stage: How Shocking!

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 24 January 2017 > What's On

For three nights only, a play about the pioneer women actresses who were the celebrities of Restoration London in seventeenth century. In Shakespeare’s plays, the women’s roles were played by boy actors. In Puritan England, the idea of a woman acting on stage was considered scandalous. In fact theatres in general were considered immoral, and … Continue reading “Women on Stage: How Shocking!”