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Jane Austen’s News – Issue #3

Craft – Create a Household Book Jane Austen’s friend Martha Lloyd shared a house with Jane and her sister Cassandra, and later married their brother. A close and long-time friend of the family, she kept a Household Book containing all kinds of recipes that became Austen family staples. In this inspirational craft blog, Laura Boyle discusses the tradition of household books, and offers advice on creating one of your own for your family.   Steventon Roasted Potatoes Recipe And speaking of recipes…Laura also cooked up some delicious Steventon Roast Potatoes for her latest Regency Recipe blog. The perfect accompaniment to Mr Darcy’s Favourite Steak Dinner. Delicious!   The Love of Strangers 1815 was of course the year that Jane Austen’s Emma was first published, but in 2015 another important, unpublished work from the period surfaced – the diary of a young Muslim student named Mirza Salih Shirazi. It tells the real-life story of six scholars enjoying the very best of Regency life in England. The Love of Strangers – What Six Muslim Students Learned in Jane Austen’s England   Northangover Abbey Cocktail For Bath Literary Festival 2016 The Abbey Hotel in Bath, England, have announced a special literary-themed cocktail list for the 2016 Bath Literary Festival. The Northangover Abbey is dedicated to our very own Jane Austen Centre and the ingredients are currently top secret! They’ll be on sale throughout the event at both The Art Bar and their Allium Restaurant. You can find the full cocktail menu and more info about the festival in our press blog.   (more…)
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The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part One

Dear Reader,  I hope that this journal of my time in Bath should prove to be helpful to you. In reading it, may you be spared the numerous faux pas and embarrassments that I was not. I truly feel that if this work should prevent even one other young lady from public ridicule in the Assembly Rooms of Bath then it will have been wholly worthwhile. Humbly yours,  Eveline Helm. June, 1797 You might find this hard to believe, but I have never been to Bath for the season before. Miss Lucy Stevens of Lyme Park goes every year, and even the three Miss Hilliers, who have been living on reduced means ever since the death of their father two years previous, managed to get to Bath for a time last April. The reports they gave of the city on their return were so shining that I’ve had a deep longing to see the city myself ever since. Unfortunately Mother has no inclination to go and nor does Father, so I had resigned myself to the fact that it was unlikely that I would be able to visit there myself. As luck would have it, however, my Uncle Arthur has been called to Bath for business, and my Aunt Charlotte decided that she would accompany him, but knowing that he would be busy for the vast majority of the time thought that she would invite me to also take part in the trip as her companion. I am exceedingly glad (more…)
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Jane Austen’s News – Issue #2

Jane Austen Exhibition Opens in Basingstoke A new temporary exhibition celebrating Jane Austen has opened in Basingstoke, England. Among the artefacts on display at the Willis Museum are Jane’s writing slope and spectacles. There is also the manuscript of one of her early works, The History of England, written in 1791, when she was just 15-years-old and living in Steventon. The various items are on temporary loan from a number of collections, making this a rare opportunity to see them together in the county of Jane’s birth. At the launch, Hampshire Cultural Trust also announced ‘Jane Austen 200’ – Hampshire’s big theme for 2017 which will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.   Jane Austen’s Matchmaker Zombies Kickstarter As we step into February (traditionally the month of love and romance), the makers of the Jane Austen Matchmaker Card Game (based on Jane Austen’s Emma) have launched a Kickstarter to create a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies version of their game. The player with the Curse must draw from the JAMZ (Jane Austen’s Matchmaker with Zombies) pile on their turn, and whenever someone gets married. Zombie cards transform the Cursed player’s Ladies and Gentlemen into zombies. Their combined Horror is deducted from the Cursed player’s score at the end of the game. If the Cursed player has no living characters to transform when they draw a Zombie card, they must pass the Curse onto another player. It sounds… gruesome! You can find full details on their kickstarter page.   Jane Austen (more…)
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Free UK Screenings for Students

If you’ve missed the latest news about the impending launch of this film in the UK, now is a good time to catch up! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is set to hit UK screens in February of 2016, and the good news is that The E4 Slackers Club will be hosting free screenings for students in the UK. The screenings are at various locations in England and Scotland, including one here in Bath where The Jane Austen Centre and Gift Shop are based. There’s still no word as to when the rest of us can see the film in their local cinemas, but we’ll update you as soon as we find out. In the meantime, this extended trailer should pique your interest. It gives a clear indication of the humorous intent of the rewrite, despite the gory subject matter, along with the audaciously reconceived characters and dialogue: Elizabeth – “I shall never relinquish my sword for a ring.” Jane – “For the right man you would” Elizabeth – “The right man wouldn’t ask me to.” Could this be a great pathway to Jane Austen? Are you boycotting Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.   About Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – The Movie The film is based on a 2009 parody novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith, which transforms Regency England into a sinister, zombie-ridden dystopia. Much of the original story and dialogue from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice remains intact, with the addition of a few hundred Regency zombies. (more…)
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Jane Austen’s News – Issue #1

Jane Austen’s World is our weekly compilation of stories about or related to Jane Austen. Here we will feature a variety of items, including craft tutorials, reviews, news stories, articles and photos from around the world. If you’d like to include your story, please contact us with a press release or summary, along with a link. You can also submit unique articles for publication in our Jane Austen Online Magazine. Jane Austen Changed My Life Thirteen women reveal the books that changed their lives in this Bustle article. 22-year-old Chelsea gives a moving quote about her relationship with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Pride and Prejudice has meant a lot to me, because I first read it when I was in second grade and didn’t really understand the emotional content of it, but when I reread it as I grew older I started to suddenly ~feel~ the emotions of the characters, so it’s like the book was my partner through emotional maturity. Jane Austen – Queen of Sass? Bustle name Jane Austen ‘Queen of Sass’ in their article which features Jane Austen quotes from her personal letters. Some of the quotes include: “Next week [I] shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend.” — Letter from October 27, 1798, on the importance of hats “By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many Douceurs in being a sort of chaperon [at dances], for I am put on the Sofa (more…)
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Jane Austen Day – 16th December 2015

Jane Austen Day with CharlotteHappy Jane Austen Day!   Today we’re celebrating Jane’s birthday in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre and on the streets of the city. At the Centre we been performing traditional carols, giving out Cassandra Austen’s recipe plum pudding and mulled wine and generally having a bit of fun on this special day. Have you done anything for Jane Austen Day? Let us know. We’ve been asking members of the public if anyone knows what day it is. The results are great and you can see a short film we’ve made below. (more…)
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Make Jane Austen Christmas Decorations with Terri Heinz

I recently discovered Terri Heinz’s lovely blog, Artful Affirmations. Here she presents and discusses her lovely collection of china and teacups, all gorgeously photographed. Terri is a talented artisan as well as photographer, and the chronicle of her journey towards creating a stunning Jane Austen themed Christmas tree was as visually delightful as it was creatively inspiring. She has graciously agreed to share her story here, along with her photographs and crafting hints for creating your own Austen inspired trimmings. I will allow her to continue in her own words.

treewithterri (1)For many years I have enjoyed the writings of the incredible Jane Austen. Several years ago I was lucky enough to travel around England and visit some of the places of her life. I was delighted and inspired by the displays at the Jane Austen Center and the Chawton Cottage house, and profoundly moved standing next to her writing desk and her resting place in Winchester Cathedral. Her writings speak to me of humanity. Her novels so aptly named! Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion! Her books are always nearby. Continue reading Make Jane Austen Christmas Decorations with Terri Heinz

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Masked Ball Preparation

Masked BallJane Austen Festival Masked Ball Here’s a short film showing the dance preparations for the Jane Austen Festival Masked Ball 2015. The Ball was held in the Pump Room and Roman Baths. See the film HERE The first Jane Austen Festival in Bath was held in September 2001 over the course of a weekend with events taking place at the Jane Austen Centre in Gay Street. The first Promenade set out from the Jane Austen Centre in 2004 and had 30 people including most of the staff taking part. In 2009 the promenade had over 450, all in costume with drummers, dancers, military and naval men. All ages, male and female had the most wonderful time in fantastic weather. Outstanding memories of previous festivals for us are the Film Premiere in Bath of the ‘Bollywood’ film Bride & Prejudice, the wonderful readings given by Ben Whitrow (the best ever Mr Bennet) partnered by Amanda Root (Anne Elliot) and then Joanna David (Mrs Gardiner). Followed by Adrian Lukis (Mr Wickham) and Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy) celebrating the bicentenary of Pride & Prejudice with wonderful theatrical readings in the Assembly Rooms, the Holburne Museum and the Old Theatre Royal. Superb food cooked and presented by Fiona Ravenscroft (A South West Cook of the Year) and eaten by us! 2008′s fantastic theatrical production by the Dorset Corset Theatre Company of Northanger Abbey. Plus of course the History Wardrobe with their ‘Undressing Mr Darcy’ always a hit!   (more…)