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the Royal Society of Literature.The auction includes Atwood writing on how Austen’s novels “set a bad example”, a new unpublished story by Hilary Mantel based on Pride & Prejudice, Ian McEwan on the “profound influence” of Northanger Abbey on his novel Atonement, Ian Rankin on disliking “stuffy” Jane Austen, and Sarah Waters turning cartoonist for “a good read”. The auction also includes original works by other prominent authors (including Bath-born Jacqueline Wilson), and an annotated script by Andrew Davies from the BBC's Pride & Prejudice TV mini-series. At the Jane Austen News we're sure the auction will be a huge success with such amazing items up for sale!
I especially liked the scene in which Elizabeth Bennett [sic] stands down Lady de Bourgh. I longed to do the same to my gym teacher, but occasion never offered. Margaret Atwood
Austen vs. Austin
A Fitting Display for Bath
In the last few days we've been enjoying watching the new Jane Austen display take shape at the Parade Gardens here in Bath.
To honour her bicentenary year the gardeners are in the throes of constructing a giant floral display dedicated to Austen. It will feature an open book with a silhouette of Jane inside, and next to it a huge quill pen. It's yet to have the flowers added to it, but even the wire structure is quite a sight to see!
We'll make sure to show you the finished result when it's done.
Jane Austen in Ireland A new literary festival will be coming to Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland this September called Words by Water, and its special launch event is An Evening With Jane Austen. The event will take place at the beautiful Ballinacurra House (pictured here) on Friday 1st September, and as well as a black tie or period costume dress code (for which there will be awards for the best dressed), the evening will include canapes and drinks on the lawn, dance instruction accompanied by baroque musicians, a three course dinner, and a Jane Austen performance during and after dinner, followed by further dancing and a residents' late bar. So, if you happen to be coming via Ireland on your way to our Jane Austen Festival this September (September 8th - 17th), this might be a good warm-up event to get you in the mood!
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