- Jane Austen News – Issue 119 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
If At First You Don’t Enjoy… Give Up?
The UK charity The Reading Agency recently commissioned a poll to discover the nation’s reading habits, as one way of marking World Book Night which took place on Monday April 23rd. One of the things which the poll found out was …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 118 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Dictionary of 19th Century Language
This week the Jane Austen News has put our book recommendation for the week as the first item in the news as we’ve had such a lovely time exploring the Oxford Illustrated Dictionary of 19th Century Language.
The illustrated dictionary is a new release …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 117 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen Meets Midsomer Murders
We’re not sure how big the crossover is between Jane Austen fans and Midsomer Murders fans, but if you (like me) enjoy a nice bit of escapism with DCI John Barnaby as he investigates yet another murder in the deadliest county in England (luckily …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 116 – Colin Firth What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Colin Firth!
Colin Firth Broods Again
If you’re reading this then in all likelihood the role that you most associate with Colin Firth is the brooding Mr Darcy from the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Well, good news, Firth-Darcy fans: Colin’s next big role is another classic …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 115 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Over-the-Top Austen On PC
At the Jane Austen News we rather suspect that this latest Austen-based PC game is going to be a bit like Marmite – you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. There is no middle ground.
Tongue-in-cheek satirical strategy game Austen Translation is due for release …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 114 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Emma On Broadway
A new West End and Broadway production of Emma: A New Musical is currently being developed by award-winning director Thom Southerland, award-winning playwright Meghan Brown, and Sarah Taylor Ellis, a composer who specialises in musicals about women.
The leading roles will be played by Carly Bawden, Rupert …
- This Week at the Jane Austen Gift Shop Bring Back the Parasol!
We’ve given our classic lace sun parasols a new look.
Based on authentic Georgian lace patterns, and available in three colours, they’re perfect for promenading – and surprisingly practical in this lovely sunny weather!
Unbeatable for sheer elegance and style – be the envy of your friends!
Back and better than ever!
Knit Your Own Darcy …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 113 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Matthew Not Wanted As Mr Darcy
A few months ago we very much enjoyed watching a new production of E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End on the BBC. Unfortunately many of our overseas readers who would have liked to have seen it weren’t able to as they can’t receive BBC …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 112 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Georgian “Banned” Book Beats All Estimates
We love old books here at the Jane Austen News, but this week we came across an example of a highly unusual one up for auction that might have raised a few eyebrows in the Austen household.
A 300-year-old sex manual which was as …
- Jane Austen Fan News – Issue 111 What’s the Jane Austen Fan News this week?
Jane Austen and the Stash of the Raven
Ask a Jane Austen fan and they’ll soon be able to tell you the many advantages of having the entire works of Jane Austen in your home library. Her novels are a must-have, go-to resource for times of trouble when …
- Why Jane Austen’s Persuasion Still Captivates Audiences This Spring 2018, Theatre6 is producing a touring production of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Artistic Director Kate McGregor discusses why they’ve chosen to adapt the work for six actor musicians, and why Persuasion remains so captivating for today’s audiences.
Adapting a novel like Jane Austen’s Persuasion for the stage, from the earliest planning stages until the opening …
- Austen Superpowers: Finding Yours With Anne Elliot Anne Elliot: A quiet force to be reckoned with.
Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
Lizzy Bennet may be the one with all the flash and sparkle, but one should never underestimate one of Austen’s more reserved heroines, Anne Elliot of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 110 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Emma Changes The Face of Fiction
200 years after it was first published, John Mullan, professor of English at University College London and a specialist in eighteenth-century literature, is arguing that Jane Austen’s Emma belongs alongside the works of Flaubert, Joyce and Woolf as one of the great experimental …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 109 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Do Some Books Have “Best Before” Dates?
In our travels around the web this week, we at the Jane Austen News found an article by Jennifer Finney Boylan for the New York Times which talked about the best age at which to read books. Are there some books which …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 108 – Janeites and Shelley Janeites! What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Mary Bennet and Frankenstein’s Monster
This is an important year for fans of Mary Shelley, it being the 200th anniversary of the publication of her most famous novel, Frankenstein. There will be plenty of books published this year which centre on the book and on the author herself, …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 107 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Bookshop Of Women For All
As a pioneering female author we think that Jane would love this idea.
Penguin has teamed up with Waterstones to mark International Women’s Day by opening a pop-up store in East London. The bookshop will run from the 5th-9th of March and will sell …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 106 What’s the Jane Austen News from Bath this week?
The Latest Olympic Sport – Jane Austen Curling
Well here’s one we at the Jane Austen News never thought we’d see!
A theatre company who are currently performing a stage adaptation of Sense and Sensibility at the Arvada Center in Colarado have gone viral with their latest video. …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 105 What’s the Jane Austen News from Bath this week?
Vote For Bath’s Mr Bennet!
If you’ve been to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, you’ve probably met our famous Mr Bennet, a.k.a Martin. He’s our senior meeter and greeter, and is the most-photographed man in England. He’s been with us for over ten …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 104 – Austen and Bath What’s the Jane Austen News from Bath this week?
A New Rom-Com Films in Bath
It may not be a new Jane Austen adaptation, which is of course what we’d ideally like to see being filmed in the city this year, but exciting news nevertheless as Bath becomes a film set once more.
A new …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 103 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane In The West End
Some of our readers might remember that the UK was treated to a touring, musical-adaptation of Persuasion last year. Well now, rather than one of her novels, Jane’s life has been adapted into a musical.
Jane Austen the Musical is receiving great reviews as it …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 102 What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Bestsellers and Northanger Abbey!
Female Authors Dominate the Bestseller List
Female authors were very definitely in the minority when Jane Austen was writing, but certainly not in 2017! The Bookseller‘s analysis of literary fiction book sales from last year found that there was only one male author on the …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 101 What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Costume Dramas!
Historical Accuracy Vs. Diversity
We love costumes dramas. Some of our favourite recent viewings have been the hit costume dramas shown over Christmas. We had the sumptuous The Miniaturist, we had a new three-part adaptation of Little Women, and we’ve had a Call The Midwife Christmas special. …
- Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues – A Review Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues
Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen’s Bad Boys!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
After delivering a splendidly successful and praiseworthy short story anthology devoted to Mr. Darcy, editor Christina Boyd and a team of skilled and imaginative authors have decided to join forces again for Dangerous to Know: …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 100 What’s the Jane Austen News this week? Austen’s Books!
Austen’s Books Banned Behind Bars
This week we were surprised to learn that a new program in New York is severely restricting the books which will be available in prisons. This new program, amazingly, has effectively banned, among other classic authors, Jane Austen’s books.
Directive 4911A, as it …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 99 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Fan of Bath’s First Assembly Rooms comes to Bath
Although the Assembly Rooms built in 1771, and still to be found in all their glory at Bennett Street, are the ones most people think of when they think of Bath’s Assembly Rooms, they weren’t actually Bath’s first Assembly …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 98 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
David Baddiel Defends Austen
“If you put Jane Austen‘s name in any programme name, it will be commissioned,” said Giles Coren on Radio 4’s Today programme when he went on the show to promote his new documentary I Hate Jane Austen (which aired on Sky Arts last week).
At the …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 97 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Meet Mr Bennet
Our Mr Bennet, who is almost synonymous with the Jane Austen Centre as he stands at the Centre entrance in all weathers to greet our visitors with warmth and charm, has been featured in the Bath Chronicle this week.
His article is the first of the Chronicle’s …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 96 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
To Lop and Crop or Leave Alone?
There has long been a debate around whether the books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters are a bit of fun or an absolute travesty.
Jane Austen spin-offs are subjected to huge amounts of criticism, both good …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 95 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen HEAVILY Abridged
One of our favourite finds at the Jane Austen News this week has to be the work of the late Australian comedian, John Clarke.
In his posthumously published book, Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke, which was published in Australia on Monday, he has taken a …
- Pride and Prejudice, one week to go!
That’s right, one week to go and Mrs Bennet isn’t the only one struggling with her ‘nerves’! The rest of the cast and I have been working VERY hard over the past few weeks to bring this Austen classic to life and now we are at the final stages. The set is up, the props …
- Two Austen fans podcasting to tell the story of Georgette Heyer today By Sara-Mae Tuson
Exactly one year ago this week my friend Beth and I were having tea and cake in the Victoria and Albert Museum, when I asked her if she fancied joining me in setting up a boutique podcast company. So ‘Fable Gazers’ was born – a podcast company which aims to produce narrative podcasts …
- An Interview with Author Rachel Knowles Not all Regency women were alike…
Author and Regency history blogger Rachel Knowles came to visit us at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath recently, and she was kind enough to tell us a little more about her latest book, What Regency Women Did For Us, and about some of the amazing women of the Regency.
- Jane Austen News – Issue 94 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
How To Teach Austen
The New York Times has just published an article looking at how to teach students about Austen in the modern era. They asked for teachers to comment on how they teach Austen to their own classes, but they also published a great list of their …
- Finding Happiness, Austen Style, with Emma, our favourite matchmaker Welcome to the fourth of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style. This time, with Emma.
Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
Does the following sound familiar to you?
You’ve found the perfect certain …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 93 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Economics Needs Austen
Gary Saul Morson, the Lawrence B. Dumas Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, and Morton Schapiro, a professor of economics and the president of Northwestern University have put forward an interesting question: could reading Tolstoy and Austen improve economic forecasting?
In their book, Cents …
- Favourite Austenesque Retellings – Top Ten Although nothing can beat reading Jane’s own novels, sometimes it’s nice to read an ‘Austenesque’ story. These can be based on Jane’s novels, a prequel or sequel to them, in the same kind of style… We can’t say for sure what makes a story an Austenesque story, but what we can be sure of is …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 92 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Mr Darcy and Mary Crawford Unite in Howards End
Jane Austen fans are often fans of other classic authors too. If you like Jane Austen, chances are you also like the works of a Bronte or of Hardy, etc etc. This is a bit of a generalisation, it’s true, …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 91 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford – The Fallout
In the Jane Austen News last week, we gave you a run-down of the week-long Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford debate so far. The debate was a discussion between two Austen-inspired novelists, Kyra Kramer and Lona Manning, who were looking to …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 90 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford – The Fallout
In the Jane Austen News last week, we mentioned that a Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford debate would be taking place this week between two Austen-inspired novelists, Kyra Kramer and Lona Manning. The question up for discussion each day this week …
- The Enduring Inspiration of Miss Jane Austen Now and Forever We’re delighted to be able to bring you this fantastic blog post by Claudine Pepe; blogger and devoted Austen fan, in which she asks fellow Austenesque authors why Jane Austen inspires them so much, and why they personally have an enduring love for Jane Austen and all things Austenesque.
Fans of Jane Austen throughout the world …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 89 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Fanny Price vs. Mary Crawford
While discussing Austen’s novels, as we are wont to do on a daily basis at the Jane Austen Centre, two of our Centre staff, Jenni and Naomi, got into a discussion about whether Mary Crawford can really be painted as “a bad guy” as …
- Jane Austen and the Oliphant in the Room by Alice Chandler, author of Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie
I do apologize for the pun in my title.
The Olifant I refer to is Margaret Olifant (1828-1894), a prolific and popular nineteenth-century writer and said to be Queen Victoria’s favorite novelist. The reason that I figuratively place Olifant in the same room as Jane …
- The Enduring Love For Jane Austen By Jon Michail
Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, yet the names of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy are familiar even to people who have never picked up one of Austen’s novels.
Then there are those who have read Austen’s works…. countless times. The academics, the Janeites, and those who simply appreciate her work for …
- Jane Austen’s Bracelet Create your own bracelet like the one on display at Chawton Cottage
- Jane Austen News – Issue 88 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
We’re Loving The New Warbutons Ad!
You might have seen that earlier this week we shared the new Warbuton’s advert on our Facebook page…
Normally adverts are a bit dry, but occasionally a company will go all out and create a masterpiece. At the Jane Austen News we thought this …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 87 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Look At Lizzy Bennet’s Drawers
This week at the Jane Austen News we had great fun reading Bustle‘s piece on underwear in the time of Jane Austen. At the Jane Austen Centre our guides are often asked what the underwear of the era was like, so it was …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 86 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen Activist Strikes Again
Activist Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned so hard to get Jane Austen featured on the new £10 bank notes, has been on the campaign trail again. This time it was in the cause of getting a statue of a woman built in Parliament Square.
Her online petition …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 85 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
“As Spectacular As It Is Surreal”
We loved watching this report from Helen Coffey of The Independent newspaper.
Helen made the journey from London to Bath especially to take part in the first full day of the Jane Austen Festival on Saturday 9th. Though as you’ll see if you watch …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 84 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Wonderful Walk Was Had By All
On Saturday (the 9th) we saw the fourteenth Jane Austen Festival in Bath officially opened with the traditional Regency promenade.
The parade began from the front of the Royal Crescent at 11am, and wound its way through the historic streets of Bath, finishing …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 83 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
The Guardian Visits Bath!
We had a lovely surprise this week when we discovered that The Guardian newspaper has just published a piece about why visiting Bath is such a wonderful thing to do.
Included in their two and a half mile round-trip walking tour of Bath (beginning and ending …
- Oxford asks: Which Jane? by Elizabeth Jane Timms
As part of the 200th anniversary events to commemorate Jane Austen’s death, the Bodleian Libraries launched its major summer 2017 exhibition in June, asking the intriguing question to its visitors – “Which Jane”? The exhibition seeks to challenge previously held views of Jane, arguing that she was perhaps, driven by ambition, as …
- Is Jane Austen a Great Writer? By Linore Rose Burkard
Quora is growing in popularity. What is Quora? A forum where anyone can ask a question to the world (the world as registered on the site, that is) and expect an answer. The good thing about Quora is that you can ask any question you want, and you might learn a thing …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 82 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Could You Play Jane in Austen the Musical?
Exciting news if you love musical theatre, have a passion for performing and have always wanted to be Jane Austen. Producers Daniel Taylor-Brown and Justin Eade have announced that they’re looking for an actress to play Jane Austen in the UK …
- In Defence of Jane Austen by Rhian Helen Fender
“Mrs Edwards thinks you are a child still. But we know better than that, don’t we.”
So began the 2008 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility, with the cad Willoughby seducing the naïve ward of heroic Colonel Brandon. The atmosphere seductive with low-light and fireplace burning, ripping bodices and …
- The Perfect Jane Austen Teacup Cupcakes!
Our new re-usable Jane Austen Teacup Cupcake Cases have proved a huge hit, and a number of you have asked us if we had any cup cake recipes that would be perfect for use with the little cups…
… and indeed we do!
50g caster sugar
50g self-raising flour
A few drops of vanilla essence
Preheat the oven …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 81 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen In Couples Therapy For Campaign
Audible has launched a new campaign in Australia encouraging people to “grow their minds”, and Miss Austen plays a starring role.
Research commissioned by Audible and conducted by researchers at Sydney University’s Brain and Mind Centre has found that 62 per cent of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 80 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Where Are All The Fictional Female Friends?
Grazia have been asking this week where all of the female friends in film have gone.
“Epic bromances have always been familiar turf when it comes to our favourite films and TV shows. ‘Boy and his beloved male sidekick’ is a formula that …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 79 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A New Pride and Prejudice is Coming!
Big news!!! Set to air twenty-five years after Colin Firth first set hearts racing while playing Mr Darcy in the BBC’s 1995 series, is a new TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
Mammoth Screen, the makers of the hit series Poldark and Victoria, …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 78 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen Money Worth A Mint?
The £10 notes are nearly ready for release to the general public, and given what happened with the £5 notes, it seems likely the same could happen with the new £10 note when it comes to low serial numbers being worth more …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 77 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Anger at Austen £10 Note Quote
We’re delighted that the new £10 note is going to pay homage to Jane Austen. However, the choice of quote which the Bank of England have selected to go alongside her (some say “airbrushed”) portrait is causing outrage to some.
“I declare …
- Austen: Keeping it real for 200 years Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, what better way is there to honor this extraordinary author than to give thanks for what she has left us? For me, her work is …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 76 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen’s Letter Makes A Fortune!
We mentioned in last week’s Jane Austen News that a letter written by Jane to her niece Anna Lefroy in 1812 was going to auction for the first time. In the letter Jane writes disparagingly of Rachel Hunter’s gothic novel Lady Maclairn, the Victim …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 75 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen Letter For Sale
A letter written by Jane Austen is due to be auctioned for the first time on July the 11th.
Sotheby’s auction house have the letter for sale as part of the English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations sale, in which there will also be for sale two …
- 10 Years of Bringing Jane Austen’s World To You
As well as the bicentenary of Jane’s death, 2017 marks another anniversary on the Austen calendar, albeit of a more modest nature. Because it was ten years ago that the Jane Austen Gift Shop first began sending products to Jane’s fans the world over.
In those days it was a much more humble affair. Because so …
- Behind the Scenes of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra’s Persuasion Musical
Barbara Landis, artistic director of Chamber Opera Tours, found Jane Austen’s language so perfect that it begged to be adapted to theatrical lyrics. She felt that the text would be most appropriately set to music of the era rather than contemporary compositions, as is often done with other modern adaptations of Austen’s works. She and …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 74 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen Holy Grail Worth Half A Million
““Although there are attractive editions of her novels published in the later 19th and early 20th centuries, the greatest value is, of course, in the first editions,” says Mark Wiltshire, a specialist in valuable books and manuscripts at Christie’s.”
A new …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 73 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Authors On Austen Up For Auction
Margaret Atwood, Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan, among others, have created revealing handwritten homages about Jane Austen in aid of a charity auction which is being held to raise funds for the Royal Society of Literature.
The auction includes Atwood writing on how …
- Jane and Cassandra: Extraordinary Sisters by Caroline Kerr Taylor
Jane Austen was born in December 1775, the seventh child of Rev. and Mrs. Austen. Mrs. Austen nursed each of her babies for the first few months before they were taken to a neighboring family (the Littleworths). Each child was looked after by this family for the first couple of years until …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 72 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
The Mother of the Modern Novel
Professor Kathryn Sutherland is keen to see Jane Austen praised, not as the queen of romance novels, but rather “as a pioneer — the inventor of the modern novel, the first English novelist to explore the effect of contemporary war on the home …
- Finding Happiness, Austen Style: Lift Yourself Up with Persuasion Welcome to the second of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style.
Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
Welcome to the Persuasion Happiness Program. Persuasion, like all of Jane Austen’s novels, is more than …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 71 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Writer With Friends? Heaven Forbid!
Authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have recently seen their new book A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf published, and to go alongside the book they wrote an article for the Times newspaper which threw a little more light …
- Why Adapt Persuasion for Musical Theatre? By Harold Taw
“She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.”
—Persuasion, Chapter 4
I’ve encountered three reactions from those who learn we’ve adapted Jane Austen’s final complete novel Persuasion as a musical. The first is delight. This comes from people who hold …
- Jane Austen’s Life and Impact on Society by Gracelyn Anderson
Jane Austen entered the world fashionably late by one month on December 16, 1775, as one of the seven Austen children. The Austens resided in a parsonage in Steventon, England, and started a small school for boys in their home to provide extra income along with working their usual occupations. Although Jane’s family …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 70 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Words for A Wedding To Be Auctioned
After seeing an announcement in a newspaper announcing the marriage of of Mr Gell of Eastbourne to Miss Gill, Jane Austen decided to play on the similarity of their names and write a simple rhyme for the amusement of her family. The …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 69 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
You Could Live In Longbourn
If you happen to have a spare £9 million lying around then Longbourn, home of the Bennet family, could be yours!
Luckington Court, which was the location used in the 1995 BBC production of Pride and Prejudice (you know the one – it had …
- The Jane Austen Shopping Club – Our New Gold Membership
A look at Jane Austen’s letters readily confirms that she, like many of her modern fans, had a love affair with shopping! Her notes to her sister, Cassandra, are full of this bargain and that deal picked up on her travels. What would she think of entire shops full of merchandise dedicated exclusively to her?!
- Jane Austen News – Issue 68 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Mind the Ha-Ha! – Mansfield Park is Deciphered
David M. Shapard is an American historian with a longstanding interest in Austen and her world. He graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley (his specialty was the eighteenth century), and he has …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 67 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen Avoids Clichés
Among many others, one of the statistics writer Ben Blatt has included in his new book, Nabokov’s Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities Of Our Most Loved Authors, is the number of clichés famous authors use in every 100,000 words.
Using modern technology …
- Happiness, Austen Style: Read It Out, Act It Out, Dance It Out Welcome to the first of a multi-part series of posts on how to lift yourself out of the blues, Austen style.
Kindly reproduced here with permission from its author, Laurie Viera Rigler, who is also the author of the popular Jane Austen Addict novels.
Perhaps it’s just that kind of day. Or year. Bottom line: you’re feeling none …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 66 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Pride and Prejudice Becomes A Ballet
Pride and Prejudice has been performed many many times on stage by various companies in plenty of different styles. However, on April 21st it enjoyed its premiere as a ballet. Performed by the American Repertory Ballet at McCarter Theatre Centre in Princeton, …
- The effects of the family’s misfortunes on Jane Austen’s death By Caroline Kerr Taylor
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is one of the world’s most popular literary giants. It was a tragic loss that she died at 41, just as her star was gaining traction in the literary firmaments.
We will never know for sure the exact cause of her death. The …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 65 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Fifth Jane Austen Note Is Coming To The Centre!
Since his incognito visit to the Jane Austen Centre in March, speculation has been high that micro-engraver Graham Short spent a fifth Jane Austen five pound note (despite the original news that only four had been made and …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 64 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen Inspired Anti-Bullying Campaign
Recently we had a nice surprise in the post: a collection of handmade letters from students of a language school in Greece, who made them as part of an anti-bullying campaign and as their way of honouring the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.
The overall …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 63 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Jane Austen Copycat On The Loose
Last year, micro-engraver Graham Short made headlines by releasing four unique £5 notes in general circulation for people to find in a Willy-Wonka style treasure hunt. Each was engraved with a miniature portrait of Jane Austen, and an Austen quote, and are …
- Jane Austen news – Issue 62 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane’s ‘Fake Weddings’
Jane never married, but that’s not to say that she didn’t think about it. When she was a young girl she had great fun filling in fictitious entries in the Steventon marriage register, which she had access to because her father, George Austen, was the rector of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 61 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Lucy Worsley on Jane Austen
In the lead up to the publication of her new book about Jane Austen, Jane Austen at Home, published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton on 18th May 2017, Lucy Worsley has been writing various articles and giving interviews for websites and …
- Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney
Jessica A. Volz’s latest book, Visuality in the Novels of Austen, Radcliffe, Edgeworth and Burney (London and New York: Anthem Press, March 2017), examines how four famed women novelists publishing their oeuvres in Britain between 1778 and 1815 used visuality – the continuum linking visual and verbal communication – to achieve a degree of rhetorical …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 60 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane’s Death Caused By Arsenic?
The cause of Jane Austen’s mysterious death at the age of 41 has been the subject of much debate over the years. Theories put forward have included cancer, Addison’s disease, and complications from drinking unpasteurised milk. However, new research conducted by researchers at …
- Jane Austen For Children: Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie by Alice Chandler
How did I come to write Aunt Jane and the Missing Cherry Pie: A Jane Austen Mystery for Children?
Jane Austen has been part of my life for almost all of my life, ever since my parents took me to see the 1940 movie version of Pride and Prejudice when I was nine. They …
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Mr Bennet With Us For Ten Years!!!
Our Mr Bennet (A.K.A. Martin, our meeter-greeter who welcomes all our visitors to the Jane Austen Centre) has been with us for ten years! So to celebrate we arranged a little surprise for him…
10 Must-See Locations for Literature Lovers
The Telegraph …
- A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Three This is the third and final instalment of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here, and part two can be read here.)
Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and …
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Pride and Prejudice is the Bishops’ Pick
A television channel owned by Italy’s conference of bishops and endorsed by the Pope is to broadcast BBC shows for the first time. Among the nine period dramas it has chosen to show are the BBC’s 1995 Pride and Prejudice …
- A Letter to Jane Austen – Part Two This is part two of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands. (Part one can be found here)
Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is …
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Third Jane Austen Fiver Found
The third of the four specially engraved £5 notes which feature a tiny portrait of Jane Austen has been found, leaving only one of the £5 notes still in circulation and yet to be claimed.
The latest note was found in a small bar …
- A Letter to Jane Austen – Part One This is part one of a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.
Hans is hoping to receive remarks and tips for improvements from native speakers of English, preferably Jane Austen devotees, and the purpose of sharing the letter with us is so that some valuable feedback might …
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Jane Austen Fans – Lend Us Your Eyes!
The Jane Austen News is pleased to announce that over the next few weeks we will be publishing a most interesting letter written by Hans van Leeuwen, a lovely Jane Austen fan from the Netherlands.
Below is just a …
- Meeting Young Jane Austen “It’s exciting to be contributing to the Jane Austen 200 celebrations, with performances of Young Jane and Meeting Miss Austen, my adaptations inspired by Austen’s Juvenilia.” – Cecily O’Neill
The exuberance and absurdity of the short novels, plays and letters known as the Juvenilia immediately captured my interest. Many of the characters, situations and issues in …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 55 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen at Home (with Lucy Worsley)
Some of our guides, and we’re sure other Austen/history fans, have been enjoying watching Lucy Worlsey’s new series British History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worlsey, and considering how good Lucy is at uncovering the unusual facts and anecdotes that bring …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 54 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Turning First Lines Into Constellations
Data artist Nick Rougeux has launched a new project called Literary Constellations, in which he presents the first lines of famous novels in what appear to be star charts. The idea originally wasn’t to make them look specifically like constellations however, it was an …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 53 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Pride and Prejudice Comes to Bath
This week in Bath we had the cast of Regent’s Park Theatre’s touring production of Pride and Prejudice on stage at the Theatre Royal, and we were lucky enough to be able to ask Ben Dilloway who plays Mr Darcy a few questions …
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Austen Escapism in Visual Novel
In The Lady’s Choice, a text-heavy visual novel that takes its inspiration from Regency-era novels, you play as a woman returning to society after a long absence, and although you’re not necessarily seeking a marriage, you’re quickly introduced to a group of eligible bachelors.
- Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood
It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that was watched …
- Yours Sincerely: Jane Austen’s Heroes Original content by Rhian Fender
“There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.”
(Mr Darcy and Mr Wickham of Pride and Prejudice)
During the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, there was one virtue which was strenuously promoted amongst …
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Jane Austen Honoured on Coins
The Royal Mint will be doing a good job of honouring Jane Austen in its newly released tender this year as, as well as Jane Austen being the new face of the ten pound note, she will also be one of the three …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 50 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Second Jane Austen Fiver Found
The second of four rare £5 notes which feature a micro-engraved portrait of Jane Austen has been discovered inside a Christmas card in the Scottish Borders.
Mr Huggins-Haig, the micro-engraver behind the images of Jane Austen, spent the note which was to be released …
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Jane Austen’s England – Limited Edition
American travel company Peregrine Adventures have an excellent Jane Austen literary tour planned for 2017. The limited edition tour is timed to commemorate the 200th year anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and will visit destinations in Southern England significant to Jane Austen’s life …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 48 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
One Austen £5 Note Has Been Found
One of the four £5 notes which carry a mini 5mm engraving of Jane Austen has been found.
The note was first paid to staff at the Square Cafe in Blackwood, South Wales, by the engraver Graham Short. Unfortunately no one recognised who he …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 47 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Rare Portrait of Jane Austen Goes on Display
Members of The Jane Austen Cambridge Group enjoyed a private viewing of an oil painting of Jane Austen, the ‘Rice Portrait’, at Queens’ College on Saturday (December 10) before the group’s annual lunch. They were also treated to a talk on the portrait’s …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 46 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Jane Austen’s Mother Not a Fan of All Her Work…
Mansfield Park is probably Jane’s least popular novel, and it appears that readers of today are not the only ones to hold that opinion. From January 2017 the British Library will put on display Austen’s handwritten notes of what …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 45 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Wentworth Woodhouse to be Restored
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond has come under fire recently after he announced in his autumn statement that he is going to give £7.6m of the budget towards repairing a huge Grade I-listed building called Wentworth Woodhouse. He claims that he …
- Writing In Tough Times: Jane Austen in Bath and Southhampton Exclusive content by Rebecca Smith, author of The Jane Austen Writers’ Club
One of the hardest things about writing is just keeping going.
Lots of people can write well, but to finish a novel, receive rejections, keep on editing and revising and then do it all over again takes real stamina. Most published authors’ first novels aren’t …
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Waiting for Sanditon!
Next year Sanditon, one of Austen’s two unfinished novels, will be be released as a film for the first time! It was announced a while ago, but not very widely reported on, so we’ve been looking for as many details on it as we can. Here’s …
- The A-Z of Period Dramas We came across a wonderful A-Z of period dramas compiled by Period Movies on Facebook, and after we shared it with you on Facebook and Twitter you asked for the full list, so here it is! (We do admit that some of these are stretching the term period drama just a little…)
A – Anne of …
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2017 Is The Year Of Literature
Next year is a milestone for quite a few heroes of British literature, and to celebrate VisitEngland has declared it the ‘Year of Literary Heroes’. Among the anniversaries being celebrated are the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and publication anniversaries for Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 42 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
National Library Protests in The UK
There was a protest in London on Saturday (5th November) as authors joined hundreds of members of the public (around 1,800) in the first national demonstration to protect library services. The march was held in response to the string of library closures which have …
- Book Review: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen
by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton
A review by Laura Boyle
When I was asked to review The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, I had no idea what the story was about, the cover giving only the vaguest idea that it might have something to do with the lovely topaz …
- Are Jane Austen’s Heroines Ideal Women? By Jenni Waugh
I recently replied to an email enquiry from a student who was looking for an opinion on the question “To what extent does Jane Austen present her heroines as ideal women within their social contexts?” My reply ended up being fairly lengthy and is below. Let me know what you think!
Personally, I’d say …
- Universally Civil Universally Civil
by Julie Bozza
We were recently sent this article by Julie Bozza who has been editing a new anthology of Jane Austen inspired stories. In her article Julie gives some great examples of people and events within Austen’s novels which illustrate that she was an incredible humanist (as well as an amazing author). We hope …
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Romance At The Centre
There was excitement in the Jane Austen Centre this week when one visitor was asked an unexpected question by her boyfriend, Jamie Scott. Charlotte, one of our centre guides, described what happened.
“I only saw a little bit because I wanted to give them some private time. …
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The Jane Austen Centre Wins Award
The Jane Austen News are very pleased to announce that on Wednesday (19th October 2016), the Jane Austen Centre was awarded bronze in the Small Attraction of the Year category at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2016/17. Our guide ‘Lizzy Bennet’ …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 39 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Story of Friendship and Letters
Our centre guide, Lizzy Bennet, recently had three delightful ladies in one of her tour groups and they shared a wonderful story with her about their friendship, and it was such a beautiful example of friendship that we just had to share it.
The ladies, …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 38 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Stanford Says Reading Austen = Awesome Brain Exercise
Now this is the kind of exercise the Jane Austen News could really become addicted to. Researchers at Stanford University say that reading Jane Austen could be the perfect brain exercise.
Researchers at Stanford tested literary candidates at the university by hooking them up …
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Big Money for New Austen Tenners?
On the 13th of September the UK’s new five pound note was released for general use, and they caused a stir for those lucky enough to be given the sought-after low serial number notes.
Those given some of the million notes with “AA01” serial numbers …
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Jane Austen’s Daily Quote App
Good news! The android version of the Jane Austen quote app has been updated!
As with the older version of the app it is still free and provides a new Jane Austen quote straight to your phone at a time to suit you every day. …
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Pride and Prejudice At The Ballet
Stage adaptations of Jane Austen have become increasingly popular in recent years (we look at one such adaptation later on in this week’s Jane Austen News). We’ve had one-woman shows, Jane Austen musicals, Jane Austen improv, but one we personally haven’t …
- Cookie Recipe and Helpful Hints for our 3D Jane Austen Cookie Cutter Great Cookie recipe to use with your brilliant Jane Austen cookie cutter. A cutter above!
- Our Books of the Year 2016 It’s been an extremely varied 12 months here at the Jane Austen Gift Shop as far as reading matter goes…
Our biggest sellers have been the Jane Austen Classic Colouring Book and the Pride and Prejudice Colouring Classic. Whether young or old, it’s hard to resist getting out the pencils, paints or crayons to add a …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 34
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The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen – Volume II
The author Collins Hemingway officially launched his new book; The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen Volume II – a new historical novel based on Austen’s life, on Saturday 10th September the first day of Bath’s 2016 Jane Austen Festival.
Volume I of The …
- The Jane Austen Topaz Cross
In response to huge demand, the Jane Austen Gift Shop is delighted to announce this beautiful replica of Jane Austen’s topaz cross pendant. Many months in the making, it is on sale now!
Along with her turquoise ring, the topaz cross must be the most iconic jewellery item associated with Jane, and it’s of especial relevance …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 33 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Colin Firth Doesn’t Think Mr Darcy Is Attractive
Colin Firth has confessed that he doesn’t understand why Mr Darcy is so popular. In fact he said that he took the role not to be a heart-throb but because he “thought it would be quite fun and liberating to play …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 32 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Amazing Librarians Up For Award
Libraries are wonderful, magical places, and one of the things that helps the to be such is their dedicated librarians. So, in order to honour the work of these fantastic people who work in school libraries and help children to become lovers of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 31 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Lucy Worsley Films Jane Austen Documentary
On August the 3rd Lucy Worsley, who has presented programmes including The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain and If Walls Could Talk, was filming at Jane’s birthplace and childhood home, Steventon rectory, as part of a BBC2 documentary about Jane Austen’s life which will …
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Are Retellings A Good Idea? Austen & Shakespeare
You have probably heard that in 2013 HarperCollins launched the Austen Project, commissioning contemporary updates of Jane’s six completed novels. Well, less well publicised has been the Hogarth Shakespeare initiative, which, in a similar vein to the Austen Project, is giving eight …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 29 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Austen and Shakespeare – Pop Culture Throughout Time
The new exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington called Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity includes some of the more goofy material objects that have been made to celebrate Shakespeare or Austen in recent years. Some …
- The new Jane Austen Portrait by Melissa Dring In 2001, Melissa Dring was commissioned by David Baldock, the Director of the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, to produce a new Jane Austen portrait using forensic methods, as she might have appeared during her time in Bath, 1801-06.
- Jane Austen News – Issue 28 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Editing – With Pins!
Everyone has their own style of editing, and Jane’s style is the perfect example of why Post-It notes are such an amazing invention!
The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition describes her editing process:
With no calculated blank spaces and no obvious way of incorporating large revision …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 27 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Harry Potter Actor Calls For Black Mr Darcy
In an exclusive interview for Metro.co.uk, actor Alfred Enoch, who is perhaps best known for his role as Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series, has said that there is still a lack of diversity seen in today’s stage productions, and especially …
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Jane Austen in Pakistan Goes From Strength to Strength
We hear that the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan is going from strength to strength. Good news indeed!
You may well have heard of Jane Austen societies in America, England and Australia, but one that’s less well known is the Jane …
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Jane Austen Brings Shakespeare to Cuba
On Sunday (10th July) in Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire in the UK, a local actress performed her one-woman show, “Yours Ever, Jane”, in which Jane Austen tells her sister Cassandra all about her latest novel, Pride and Prejudice.
The actress, Sarah Finch, performed for …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 24 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen
This week one of the favourite things that the Jane Austen News came across was a forgotten gem from the archives. In January 1924 Virginia Woolf published a review of Jane’s novels, and it made for most interesting reading. In it Woolf suggests that …
- Jane gets a makeover… The Jane Austen Pop Art range This new twist on the earlier image is a reinvention, a celebration, and also a reminder that Jane is a true icon, whose qualities commend her as freshly to each new generation as to the one before.
- Jane Austen News – Issue 23 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Bath One of the Best Literary Breaks in the UK
According to Travel Weekly Bath is one of the top ten UK cities to visit for a literary break. While many authors have lived and visited Bath over the years, including Charles Dickens and Mary Shelley, the focus …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 22 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
History Lessons Via Romantic Novels
Writing for the History News Network, Robert W. Thurston, Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University, has proposed the idea that, rather than teachers and textbooks, a lot of the historical information many people learn nowadays comes from romance novels.
Sales of romance novels climbed …
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Jane Austen’s Games
Card games are by no means a new invention. Yes there are new ones invented all the time, and games that were popular in the past can lose favour and get forgotten, but the basic concept is everlasting.
Jane was a big fan of card games (though …
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Jane Austen Manuscripts – Free and Online
An Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project to digitise the original handwritten manuscripts of Jane Austen’s fiction has finally been completed. Jane’s manuscripts have been scattered across libraries and public collections around the UK and New York, but now they have been …
- Love and Friendship – The Main Players Love and Friendship – The Main Players
Before you see the film you can now meet the main players in Love and Friendship in these wonderful short clips given to us by Curzon Films.
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Exploring Jane Austen’s Juvenilia
Professor Katherine Sutherland, a Professorial Fellow in English at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, is currently directing an AHRC research project called Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts: A Digital Edition and Print Edition, which, in the future, is due to be published by Oxford University Press. It isn’t out yet, but …
- Love and Friendship – Behind the scenes Love and Friendship – Whit Stillman lets us in on some of the filming secrets.
Want a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Making of ‘Love and friendship’? There are interviews, location shots and camera work on show in this handsome 6 minute feature given to us by Curzon Films.
The film scored a remarkable 99% …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 18 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Pride and Prejudice vs. Jane Eyre
As two of the most popular novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre have an incredible number of spin-off books written about them. Two of the books tipped to be summer bestsellers this year are Eligible – a modern retelling of Pride and …
- Love & Friendship Jane Austen News Love & Friendship is acclaimed writer-director Whit Stillman’s adaptation of young Jane Austen’s novella ‘Lady Susan’,
- Jane Austen News – Issue 17 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Charlotte Rampling to Star in Film Adaptation of Sanditon
Charlotte Rampling, who has received an OBE for her services to the arts and who has previously played roles in hit period dramas such as The Duchess, is set to play the overbearing nouveau-riche Lady Denham in the never-before-screened story of …
- The Jane Austen Peacock: How a bird became an icon
The stunning new Jane Austen Peacock brooch, now available from our online gift shop, celebrates the long-standing association between this most handsome of fowl and Jane Austen’s comparably elegant Pride and Prejudice.
As a motif, the peacock is indelibly linked with the novel; indeed so entrenched is the association that readers often assume peafowl must be …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 16 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Harpist to Publish Jane’s Sheet Music
Fascinated by the music from the late 1700s and early 1800s, Malibu harpist Suzanne Guldimann has been busy compiling her ninth book of music for the Celtic harp, Music for the Netherfield Ball: Songs and Dances of Jane Austen’s Era, which will soon be …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 15 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Results From Elle Magazine’s Super Fan Survey
Elle magazine recently conducted a “super fan survey” in which they asked people who who considered themselves to be massive Pride and Prejudice fans questions on everything from where they were when they first read the book, to which Mr Darcy scene …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 14 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Curtis Sittenfeld on Austen and Feminism
Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the latest release from the Austen Project – Eligible, which is a modern take on Austen’s well-loved Pride and Prejudice, said that she didn’t set out to explore Austen’s feminism or to write a feminist novel, yet that’s what …
- Jane Austen News – 13 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
A Mystery and A First Edition of Persuasion
An English teacher named Eleanor Capasso from Ayer-Shirley Regional High School in Massachusetts recently received a rather mysterious package. Opening the parcel Capasso found that the English department of the school had been sent what appears to be a first edition …
- Colouring Competition – Gallery of Entries Jane Austen Colouring Competition Entries – 2016
We were so impressed with the quality and imagination of the entries to our colouring competition that we felt we simply had to share a few of our favourites.
Winner – Adult’s Category
Winner – Children’s Category
Tia, Aged 9
Thanks for all of your entries. We loved looking at them all!
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Reworked Pride and Prejudice Set To Top Summer Book Charts
In recent years, as part of a project that has paired six writers with Austen’s six novels and asked them to reimagine them for the twenty-first century, we’ve seen Alexander McCall Smith bring out Emma, Joanna Trollope write …
- The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Three – Beau Nash The continuing diary of Eveline Helm. It’s 1797 and it’s her first visit to the Pump Rooms. Will she meet Beau Nash?
- Jane Austen News – 11 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Lady Susan’s Little Black Book
Penguin launched their innovative Little Black Classics range in February last year, and have already sold more than 2.2 million titles from the range worldwide. Originally there were 80 to choose from (or collect), and Jane’s short story The Beautifull Cassandra was number 33.
We were …
- Jane Austen News – 10 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
The Love and Friendship Trailer is Here!
Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen film adaptation, Love and Friendship, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny, is set to open the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 21st.
Great news! Even better, we can now finally see a trailer for the upcoming film, which …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 9 Jane Austen news this week March 24th, Easter colouring, Jane Austen Quiz, John Mullan and love letters
- Easter Colouring Competition at the Jane Austen Centre Between the 27th of March and the 9th of April we’ll be asking Jane fans young and old to colour our special 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!
- In your Easter Bonnet Have you ever wondered how the tradition of new clothes for Easter started? It appears to be an ancient one…
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Mr Darcy’s Shirt Is Off To America
Mr Darcy’s famous wet shirt will soon be causing waves in America. As part of an exhibition titled Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington will be displaying the shirt alongside relics including a bundle of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 7 What’s the Jane Austen News this week?
Sir Walter Scott’s Emma on Show
Sir Walter Scott, the eminent Georgian reviewer and novelist, reviewed work from some of the most famous literary names of the era. Now a show titled “Rave Reviewer: Scott on Frankenstein, Emma and Childe Harold”, will tell the story of his engagement and interaction …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 6 The Jane Austen news is a roundup of Jane Austen and Regency related news from around the globe. Fascinating insights and fun articles.
- The Journal of Eveline Helm, Part Two 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 …
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Austentatious Returns to Bath
In 2013, 2014 and 2015 the Jane Austen Festival has been honoured to play host to the fantastic improv show Austentatious, which takes a made-up book title suggested by the audience and bases the evening’s performance around that title.
No two shows …
- Mrs Bennet’s Round Robin, by Viv Cavallo
To all our dear neighbours in Hertfordshire…
What a wonderful year the Bennet family has enjoyed with three of my girls successfully married!
My darling Lydia, youngest of my five daughters is blissfully happy with her ‘dear Wickham’ as she calls him. Just think of it – only sixteen years old, yet she was the first of …
- Jane Austen News – Issue 4 The 10 Places All Austen Fans Should Visit
Bustle has recently compiled a list of the top ten places that fans of Jane Austen NEED to go to, and we were delighted to find ourselves at number one!
Other locations included in the must-see sites are Lyme Park in Cheshire, which was the location used by the …
- 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 …
- 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 …
- 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 …
- 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 …
- 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. …
- Jane Austen Day – 16th December 2015 Today we’re celebrating Jane’s birthday in Bath at the Jane Austen Centre and on the streets of the city. What did you do on Jane Austen Day?
- 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 …
- Masked Ball Preparation Short film about the Masked Ball Preparations at this year’s Jane Austen Festival in Bath
- Jane Austen Festival 2015 – success The Jane Austen Festival 2015
Wow, what a great Festival we’ve had this year. 10 days and over 60 events plus record attendance. I think everyone agrees it was the best ever.
For those who attended and for those who are just curious, here’s filmmaker Owen Benson’s short video capturing some of the best moments.
‘I couldn’t be …
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Film Trailer Launches Today marks the release of the official Pride and Prejudice movie trailer from Lionsgate Films, and we have to say it’s looking like a high-quality production!
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a re imagining of Jane Austen’s classic novel written by Seth Grahame-Smith. It’s the same story you know and love, with the added scare factor …
- 2015 Jane Austen Festival in Bath The Jane Austen Festival starts on the 12th of September and looks like it will be the biggest and best ever.
Jackie Herring, Jane Austen Festival Director is happy with the arrangements and ticket sales. ‘Lots of events have already sold out but there are still a few tickets left. If you want to see something …
- Jane Austen Centre Gets Honoured! Visit England Welcome Award for The Jane Austen Centre
The hard-working staff at the Jane Austen Centre were really pleased to find out that they had been recognised for their contribution to tourism in the area.
The Jane Austen Centre is honoured to receive the VisitEngland Welcome accolade which has been awarded as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor …
- Jane Austen Waxwork now in Bath England The Amazing Jane Austen Waxwork at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath
Although not breaking news, we thought you’d be interested in this article about the Jane Austen Waxwork which has appeared in Wikipedia.
It contains lots of background info on the waxwork creation and the development of the original portrait by Melissa Dring.
For the full article …
- Guinness World Record The Jane Austen Festival in Bath gained a Guinness World Record on the 13th of September 2014
- Jane Austen Waxwork Jane Austen Waxwork
We had a great time unveiling our new Jane Austen waxwork to the assembled media folk on Wednesday 9th of July.
Reaction was overwhelmingly positive when the curtains were parted. The waxwork is now on public display. Developed from a forensic portrait of the author by Melissa Dring, the waxwork has been over 2 …
- Waxwork The Jane Austen Centre will be closed on the morning of Wednesday 9th July for the official unveiling of the Jane Austen waxwork. The Centre will open at 12.30pm, at which time the waxwork will be on show to visitors for the first time.
- The Dandy Chargers The Dandy Chargers
In 1817 Baron Karl von Drais created the Lauf-maschine (running machine) / Draisienne / Mechanical Horse, the first human powered land vehicle to mount a serious bid for public acceptance. Satirically named the Dandy Charger.
Then in 1818 Dennis Johnson, a coachmaker, of London developed an improved model that he called the Pedestrian Curricle …
- Adrian Lukis Interview Adrian Lukis was making the new Jane Austen Centre film when during a break we took the opportunity to grab a few minutes to interview the ex Mr. Wickham.
- Happy Birthday Martin Martin Salter, the meeter and greeter at The Jane Austen Centre in Bath and officially recognised as ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’, celebrated his fiftieth birthday in style at the weekend.
- 2013 Jane Austen Festival Photographs Official Festival photographer Owen Benson has now uploaded all the images he took of this year’s 2013 Jane Austen Festival for everyone to view. There are some stunning shots for you to enjoy.
- Certificate of Excellence for the Regency Tea Room The Regency Tea Room at the Jane Austen Centre today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.
- Airport Bus Video Our ‘Airport bus Video’
Take a look at this little 1 minute video we made to show on the Airport Bus which runs from Bath city Centre to Bristol airport and back again.
Its a bit of fun and shows Martin and Centre Guide Elle as well as the Regency Tea Room.
The Jane Austen Centre aims to …
- Festival images 2012 Jane Austen Festival Festival Images 2012
Our professional photographer Owen Benson has loaded all of his fantastic images to an online site for you to enjoy. Just go into the galleries and look around. Image Galleries
If you would like to download high resolution images to print yourself or if you would like to order prints this is now possible. …
- Pride and Prejudice Readathon 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 …
- The Face of the Jane Austen Centre 2013 Every year at the Jane Austen Centre we select a member staff to represent us in marketing and advertising as the Face of The Jane Austen Centre.
- Festival Promenade best ever Hundreds of costumed Jane Austen fans took part in the Grand Festival Promenade.
The Promenade traditionally opens the Jane Austen Festival
- Adrian Lukis (Wickham) to appear at Jane Austen Festival Amongst the 60 or so events crammed into this year’s annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath will be the special appearance by actor Adrian Lukis (George Wickham in the BBC 1995 adaptation of P&P). Very appropriate as this year marks the 200th anniversary of the sale of the copyright of Pride & Prejudice to the publisher Thomas Egerton.
Jane Austen …
- A proposal at the Centre We’ve just been sent some lovely photos of Zach’s proposal to Julie which happened recently in the Regency Tea Room. It’s so romantic.
Here’s what they said;
We cannot express our gratitude for all that you did to make sure that our special moment was perfect. We are so happy and we thank you with all of our …
- What would you ask Jane Austen if you could? We posed a question on our Jane Austen Facebook site recently, ‘What one question would you ask Jane Austen if you could?’ Well, we got some great answers
- Dressing Up Regency Style with hats, bonnets, reticules and scarves We’ve recently added a new section to the exhibition where we allow our visitors to dress up using Regency bonnets, top hats, shawles, fans, reticules and parasols. As you would imagine, it is going down very well and everyone is having a lot of fun.
- Lizzie is Back
Great News, our iconic front of house mannequin ‘Lizzie’ is back from her Spring break and is looking good!
Having had a few minor mishaps over the years including a couple of falls, we felt she needed a short vacation to bring the colour back to her cheeks.
Well, she is back and looking good. Our visitors really enjoy having their …
- ‘Lizzie’ is taken away It is a sad day today. This morning at 10.30am a man in a van came and took away our ‘Lizzie’.
- Ebay Jane Austen Auction outcomes Film costumes are being despatched to all parts of the globe this week as the ebay Jane Austen costume winners celebrate their good fortune.
- Film Costumes up for Auction on Ebay A selection Jane Austen Film Costumes from BAFTA and Emmy award winning designer Andrea Galer go up for auction on ebay in March.
- 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, … …
- Jane Austen Centre on TV – again
Caroline 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 …
- Jane Austen Festival Video recording last year’s events Photographer, film maker and friend of the Festival Owen Benson has edited together some highlights of last year’s Jane Austen Festival. Such a colourful event with costumes, music, food and dance in abundance.
- Free Iphone App 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.
- Now he’s a cartoon character!
Our 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 …
- He’s in the news again Martin Salter our Meeter/Greeter gets on the TV again with presenter Amanda Vickery. Take a look.
- Martin on the television We knew it would happen. Our Meeter/Greeter Martin Salter has been recognised as England’s most photographed man.
- 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.
- England’s Most Photographed Man Well he’s finally been recognised for what he undoubtedly is, ‘England’s Most Photographed Man’. How great that Martin Salter the cheery Meeter/Greeter at the Centre is rightly lauded for his work. Anyone else wouldn’t get anything like the attention that Martin generates by his unique personality.
We are rightly proud of his achievement. Read the news …
- Guinness World Record It’s official!
The world record for the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes was achieved by 409 participants, for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, UK, on 19 September 2009
The previous world record stood at 200 people and on a beautiful sunny day in September last year, 409 of us got together in Bath Assembly …
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