Readathon event to celebrate Jane Austen’s bi-centenary
The Jane Austen Centre in Bath is to host an event that will be broadcast around the world -a 12 Hour International Readathon.
January 28th 2013 sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and to mark this bicentenary the book will be read in its entirety during a twelve hour period.
The half- day long ‘Readathon’ will take place at the Centre in Gay Street and will be streamed to eager fans all around the world.
The book, which regularly tops polls as the nation’s favourite novel, will be read in short 10 minute segments by up to 140 celebrities, authors, politicians, musicians, Olympians, school children, competition winners and personalities.
The Centre will also be welcoming internet streams from the various overseas Jane Austen societies and celebrities.
David Baldock, Director of the Jane Austen Centre said, “This is such an important literary milestone that it cannot be allowed to pass without recognition. I have witnessed how Jane Austen’s talent unites people from all corners of the world and this ‘Readathon’ is one way we can celebrate this together.”
The Centre is still deciding who should get the honour of reading the opening line, which is probably the most famous in English Literature. ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife’.
All of the readers at the Centre will be offered the opportunity to dress in Regency costume to help get them in the mood and each reader will also receive a special copy of the book and a certificate to mark their participation.
In keeping with such a notable gathering, the ‘Readathon’ will be punctuated by Regency drama, dancing and music. The ‘Readathon’ will be the first of a series of special events that the Jane Austen Centre will be holding in Bath to celebrate the Pride and Prejudice bicentennial.
Article in Western Daily Press
More details about how to get involved and where to watch the ‘readathon‘ will follow.