After much speculation and rumour, we can now confirm that the new adaptation of Rebecca, based on Daphne du Maurierís most famous 1938 novel of the same name, is to be released on Netflix on 21st October. For more information click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=669&nc=2
We bring you another of Stephen Alexander's blogs, this time on the subject of Daphne du Maurier's unusual short story A Border-Line Case, which was originally published in the collection called Not After Midnight in 1971. The collection later became known as Donít Look Now and Other Stories. To read Stephen's blog on the Daphne du Maurier website click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=161
Hollywood star Olivia de Havilland, who celebrated her 104th birthday on 1st July, died on 25th July in Paris. To nearly everyone she is probably best remembered for her role in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. To us, at the Daphne du Maurier Website, we remember her most for her role as Rachel in the 1952 film of Daphne du Maurierís novel My Cousin Rachel, opposite Richard Burton as Philip Ashley, his first major role. To read more click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=668&nc=2
We share with you all a blog from Jo Wing called Return of the Native and a link to her article about Daphne du Maurierís arrival in the Fowey area, and how that moment led to the writing of The Loving Spirit. Click her to read Joís article: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=162
New items on the website for June are another blog by Stephen Alexander, this time talking about Daphne du Maurierís short story The Blue Lenses. (You should read the story first as his blog includes spoilers!) You will find this piece on the Interesting Facts pages.
Also, sad though understandable news that the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America have decided to cancel their July meeting, because of ongoing worries about Covid-19.
New to our website is a gorgeous montage of pictures of Daphne du Maurier taken at different times throughout her life. We have put these pictures onto the website now to celebrate the day of Daphneís birth, on May 13th 2007. We also hope it will cheer up everyone who was expecting to have been in Fowey at the Fowey Festival of Art and Literature which take place each May, but which had to be postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. You will find the pictures in the Pictures of Daphne du Maurier Photo Album or by clicking here: https://www.dumaurier.org/gallery.php?id=4
If you havenít seen it before, we introduce you to the Daphne du Maurier Perpetual Calendar with artwork by Pat Thuysbaert click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=660&nc=2
We also have two fascinating articles based on both the novel and the early film of Jamaica Inn. You will find them within the top item on our Interesting Facts page or by clicking here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=161
In April we brought you news from the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America, we celebrated the 80th anniversary of the classic film of Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock. We also brought you news of an article from Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer Neil Jordan, in which he discussed Daphne du Maurierís short story The Birds. On our Interesting Facts page, we brought you information about Alec Guinness and Cecil Beaton and their connection to Daphne. Then, on the Book Recommendations page, we made some suggestions of books that you might like to read during the lockdown, that we are in the midst of, three books which all have a link to Daphne du Maurier. Watch this space and see what we have in store for May.
As you know the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature due to take place in May has been postponed until late September. The good, indeed excellent, news is that our wonderful Festival Director, Brenda Daly supported by the Board of Trustees has managed to re-book nearly everyone, so the structure of the September Festival looks almost the same. The not so good news is that, as a non-profit charity, the Covid-19 pandemic has come at a terrible time financially. To lose our festival because of financial problems at this stage would be very sad indeed. 2021 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Fowey Festival; a milestone everyone would like to reach.
But you can help.
To raise emergency funds to cover ongoing costs and ensure the festival survives, please join in our crowdfunding scheme and donate what you can. Click here for full information: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?campaignId=11702
March 17th 2020: A statement from the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature trustees has confirmed that the Fowey Festival has been postponed to September 25th Ė October 3rd, 2020. For full information, please go to the Fowey Festival page on our website or to the Fowey Festival website www.foweyfestival.com
As a new month begins, we have exciting news here at the Daphne du Maurier website. The Daphne du Maurier Society of America is joining us. By joining together, we can promote their events and learn from any discoveries that come about thorough their meetings, and we can share the knowledge and information that is constantly growing here on our website. For more about this exciting development look at our news page http://www.dumaurier.org/news_details.php?id=626&nc=2 and click on the Daphne du Maurier Society of North America link halfway down the righthand side of this page. We are sure you join us in welcoming this new society as we move forwards together in spreading the word about Daphne du Maurier and her writing.
Also new for February, du Maurier expert Dr Laura Varnam attended the Society for Analytical Psychology event about The Scapegoat on Sunday 2nd February. At the event, there was a special screening of the 1959 adaptation of Daphne du Maurierís novel The Scapegoat, followed by a panel discussion about the book and the film. Laura has written an article, for the Daphne du Maurier website, in which she reviews the event and shares some of her research on the adaptation. For the full article, go to our Interesting Facts page or click here: https://www.dumaurier.org/menu_page.php?id=157