Back in 2017 Jane Austen became the new face on the English £10 note, replacing Charles Darwin. One woman who played a major role in getting Jane Austen onto the £10 was Caroline Criado-Perez. Before she started her campaign, Winston Churchill was set to be the face of the new £5 note in the place of Elizabeth Fry who had been on the £5 since 2002, meaning that, aside from the Queen, there would be no women featured on the English banknotes. Happily, with a lot of help from Criado-Perez (who met with a great deal of controversy and online bullying for daring to propose that the British currency should not be an all-male affair), Jane Austen ended up being chosen.Given this, it's hardly surprising that at the Jane Austen News we have a lot of respect and admiration for Ms Criado-Perez, and we were delighted to read that she will be in Bath taking part in the upcoming Bath Festival, taking place from May 17th to May the 26th. Criado-Perez will be talking about her new book, Invisible Women: Exploring Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, on the 26th of May at the Assembly Rooms.
The award winning campaigner and writer [Caroline Criado-Perez] talks to Alex Clark as part of our Hidden Stories collection about her powerful and provocative new book. In a world largely built by, and for, men, she exposes the data bias and gender politics that have a profound effect on the health and wellbeing of women’s lives, making you see the world anew.We thought that this is something fellow admirers of Criado-Perez might like to know about, should they be in Bath in late May of this year.
Since the public launch of the plan to commission a sculpture of Jane Austen in The Close, the Chapter of Winchester Cathedral has welcomed feedback to the proposal. We have listened carefully and, alongside support and enthusiasm for the project, we have also been fully aware of serious concerns expressed regarding the type of sculpture, the location and the timing of this significant commission. As a result of this listening, Chapter has decided, with regret, not to go ahead with this concept. There are other priorities within the cathedral and city that need to be the focus of attention. We are honoured that an artist of the stature of Martin Jennings has worked with us on this project thus far and we thank him for his support and understanding in this decision.The funds which needed to be raised for the statue were £250,000 and, though fundraising began in December 2018, only £71.65 was received on the cathedral's Just Giving page for the project.
Official spokesperson for Winchester Cathedral
Emma Arrives on Netflix If you have a subscription to Netflix you might like to know that one of the films which Netflix will be adding to it's library this March is the 1996 film adaptation of Emma starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Emma (1996) will be in good company on the site, as at present the streaming site already has available for viewing:
- Emma (the BBC three-part series from 2009)
- Pride and Prejudice (the BBC series from 1995)
- From Prada to Nada (a modern latino adaptation of Sense and Sensibility from 2011)
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