What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Get Creative With Our Free Jane Austen Competition
This Easter, between March 27th and April, we’ll be asking Jane fans young and old to colour our Jane Austen Easter Egg in the most creative way they can. Flowers, embroidery patterns, illustrated characters from Jane’s novels – let your imagination run wild! Inspire us! The artists behind the winning Jane Austen Easter Eggs will win themselves some of our favourite Jane Austen goodies from our lovely gift shop.
Full details can be found here.
Emma Hamilton was perhaps best known for being the mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson. She was lampooned by the press and decried for her common accent and scandalous love life. However, there was far more to her than the cartoonists of the time would have had you believe. Now her descendants are looking to educate the world about her achievements and influences, including the fashion revolution she inspired, with the Emma Hamilton Society which is due to launch on Emma’s birthday – April 26th.
You can read more about Emma and her life on the Society’s website: http://www.emmahamiltonsociety.co.uk
Charlton Heston – An Unlikely Fan
Actor Charlton Heston, best known for his impressive roles in Ben Hur and Planet of the Apes, was a lesser-known Austen fan it seems. In his vast collection two storey library in his Beverley Hills home he had shelves dedicated to rare books, and on those shelves he had
The first collected edition of Austen’s novels (1833) estimated at $3,000-5,000. A second edition of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1813), estimated at $5,000-7,000, and a first American edition in original boards of Austen’s Mansfield Park (1832), estimated at $3,000-5,000.
That is one impressive collection!
Love Letters Don’t Have To Go To Mr Darcy
This year New Orleans Jane Austen Literary Festival has been seeking to champion the art of letter writing during it’s weekend-long event, which draws hundreds of Austen fans from far across the Gulf South to attend.
“Our main objective is to encourage the fine art of letter writing,” said festival co-founder and board member Richard Boyd.
The winners of the letter-writing contest get to present their work at the festival. In previous years the winners have written about everything from the love of sweets to the love of a lifelong spouse. The aim was to reconnect people with pen and paper, who or what they addressed their words of adoration to was up to them!
John Mullan In Bruton
If you happen to be in the Bath/Somerset area this week then a talk not to be missed is that being given by Jane Austen expert John Mullan in Bruton on Thursday 24th March. The Guardian book columnist and academic is a professor of English at University College London and he is renowned as being an entertaining speaker. He has been the author of books including What Matters in Jane Austen? and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature.
In this event to mark 200 years since the publication of Emma, Mullan will examine the cunning minutiae within the novel and hold a question and answer session after the main talk. Tickets are £10 and can be booked by calling 01749 814070.
Tickets For The Regency Jane Austen Ball
Another event that’s coming up and that is certainly not to be missed is the Jane Austen Festival’s Regency Summer Ball. Sparkling conversation, elegant Regency costumes as far as the eye can see, and live music to make your spirits soar (and your feet fly). We can hardly wait and at last tickets for it have gone on general sale.
It will be taking place in the luxurious Banqueting Room at The Guildhall in Bath on Saturday the 25th of June. Doors open at 6.30pm and the dancing will be from 7pm until 11pm (with a buffet supper included). Don’t worry if you want to come but don’t know your quadrille from your country dance though. You can also get tickets for a pre-ball dance workshop on the same day from 2pm-4pm.
Tickets for the ball can be bought here.
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