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With a Flourish!

Killer Bees and Jane Austen make their mark on Women’s day In the church of St Michael’s Without, from 10am to 6pm yesterday, works by 100 women were read out by volunteers …  A passage from “Pride and Prejudice” was recited with a fine flourish by Jackie Herring, Director of the local Jane Austen Festival, … dressed in period costume. See The Independent on Friday 9 March 2012, for the complete article (more…)
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Jane Austen Centre on TV – again

Caroline SmailesCaroline Smailes at book launch How will it all end? Take a look at this BBC Breakfast news item. Caroline Smailes, has a new novel which offers readers a variety of different endings – 11 in all. The item is supported by a visit to The Jane Austen Centre where our guests are quizzed on whether they would like a different ending to ‘Pride and Prejudice’. Guess what they said? See the BBC News item (more…)
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Jane Austen Festival Video recording last year’s events

Group visit resourcesWhat a treat – view the Festival video – were you there? Photographer, film maker and friend of the Festival Owen Benson has edited together some highlights of 2011 Jane Austen Festival into a Festival video. Such a colourful event with costumes, music, food and dance in abundance. What is amazing is the sense of fun and comeraderie amongst the participants. It seems that favourite events have a costume, music or food theme. Have a look at the video yourself – it is fabulous. 2012 video to come shortly.   (more…)
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Free Iphone App

Jane Austen App  The Free Jane Austen App. How odd that an 18th century author finds her work being promoted and enjoyed via the medium of 21st century technology. The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has been busy working on an Iphone app which will deliver a witty or meaningful quote from Jane Austen’s novels or letters to your phone every day. These quotes, compiled over the past 6 months are as relevant to life today as they were in the C18th! Jane Austen speaks of love, marriage and friendship. Here are some examples that may chime with you; “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” Pride and Prejudice “I do not like to have people throw themselves away; but everybody should marry as soon as they can do it to advantage.” Mansfield Park “To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.” Persuasion “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.” Pride and Prejudice “I think very highly of the understanding of all the women in the world — especially of those — whoever they may be — with whom I happen to be in company.” Northanger Abbey The app is free and can be found at the appstore by searching for Jane Austen Centre. (more…)
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Now he’s a cartoon character!

Martin the cartoonOur very own Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been immortalised as a cartoon character by Perry Harris and can be seen on his Twitter site. He surely must be ‘England’s most photographed man’. I was surprised to see Martin looking at me from the wall of my local pub as someone had painted him and he was part of the gallery display – I never fail to be amazed at the places I see our colourful Meeter/Greeter. See the full-sized cartoon here (more…)
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He’s in the news again

Martin SalterAmanda Vickery at the Jane Austen Festival  Martin Salter, our very own meeter and greeter at the Jane Austen Centre, may be acknowledged as the ‘Most Photographed Man inEngland’, but even he was thrilled when he saw himself in the Christmas edition of the Radio Times.  The photograph is being used to publicise the forthcoming television programme ‘The Many Lovers of Jane Austen’, being transmitted on Friday 23rd December on BBC 2, and in the picture, a costumed Martin stands alongside the presenter, Professor Amanda Vickery. The programme has been made to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s first novel, Sense and Sensibility, and in the 60 minute broadcast, Professor Vickery, one of the leading chroniclers of Georgian England, explores the ebb and flow of Austen’s popularity and the hold her fiction has on us now. Englands most photographed man  For the programme, the BBC filmed at the Grand Regency Promenade and Country Fayre during this year’s Jane Austen Festival, back in September, and among those interviewed were Martin and Festival Director, Jackie Herring.  On finding out about his appearance in the Radio Times, Martin said: “What an achievement and I am pleased to be representing the Jane Austen Centre and the City of Bath in such a well-known magazine.”  Since the magazine hit the news stands people have been asking Martin to sign their own copies and, like the true gentleman he is, he has been only more than happy to oblige. Full Story   (more…)
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Martin on the television

Martin SalterEnglands most photographed man We knew it would happen. Our Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been recognised as England’s most photographed man. Out of the blue we recieved a request from HTV for an interview with Martin. We are always happy to oblige the press so when they arrived it was with surprise that they wanted to do a piece on Martin being ‘England’s most photographed man’. Have a look for yourself on HTV’s online channel. Well done Martin! (more…)
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The Festival starts with a splash!

Wow, what a start. Despite a bit of rain the promenaders turned out in their finery to celebrate the start of the Jane Austen Festival. Click here to go to the full story from the Bath Chronicle. (more…)