I did not see this coming. To celebrate the city of Winchester, UK, a Monopoly version of the game was released this past week. The game was influenced by the 200 death-versary of our Jane.
From the BBC:
Playing pieces could include the King Alfred the Great Statue and its cathedral, and banknotes in the game could feature a portrait of the author.
Residents can nominate landmarks in the city to fill the spaces on the board.
From the Hampshire Chronicle:
The game will see around 30 leading Winchester landmarks replacing the famous Monopoly addresses like Mayfair and Park Lane. We are inviting the public to help us put this edition together by sending in votes and suggestions. From very initial soundings we have so far had the most wonderful response.
We are absolutely sure this will be one of the best Monopoly editions anywhere every in the world. It may probably prove a case of what is left off rather than on.
The Chance and Community Chest cards will be Winchester themed too. One could send players back three spaces for getting stuck in a Winchester traffic bottleneck. It’s a blank canvas at the moment but it will be ready to be released in time for this Christmas and will hit shop shelves this October.
A lot of great events / festivals / conferences happening this year on our Jane and theBrontë’s and I’ve been updating the calendar like mad. Here is what’s coming up this year:
- March 16 – January 2018 Celebrate 200 Years of Jane Austen Warwick, NY US
- March 23 – 25 Jane Austen and the Arts Plattsburgh, NY US
- March 24 – 25 JASNA Pittsburgh festival Pittsburgh, PA US
- March 29 – 31 Sandition: 200 Years Cambridge, UK
- April 5 – 7 Austen Fest Knoxville, TN US
- April 19 An Evening with Sally Wainwright & Ann Disndale Yorkshire, UK
- May 11 Jane Austen Era Dancing in Middletown, Connecticut
- May 13 – July 24 Jane Austen 200 – Exhibit: The Mysterious Miss Austen Winchester, UK
- June 16 – July 9th Basingstoke Festival Basingstoke, UK
- June 17 – January 8, 2018 Jane Austen by the Sea Brighton, UK
- June 18 An Evening with Lucy Worsley Basingstoke, UK
- June 22 – October 29 Which Jane Austen? Exhibition Oxford, UK
- July Jane Austen statue to be revealed Steventon, UK
- July 4 What’s So Great About Jane Austen?: A Talk at the British Library London, UK
- July 13 – 16 Immortal Austen Adelaide, Australia
- July 14 – 16 Jane Austen Festival Louisville, KY US
- July 20 200 Years Since Jane Austen – Lunch & Talk Bath, UK
- September 8 – 17 The Jane Austen Festival Bath, UK
And as always, if you have more to add to the calendar, please don’t hesitate on getting in touch!
Here’s another great conference I just learned about! SUNY Plattsburgh is having a three day conference on Jane Austen and the Arts which starts on March 23 and ends on the 25th.
From the press release:
This conference is intended to bring together the considerable recent scholarly work of faculty both within and outside of the SUNY system. It welcomes members of the general public, many of whom are themselves experts on Austen. One day of the conference will be devoted to undergraduate papers in order to provide students with professional experience. Fittingly, there will be an English Country Dance, complete with a dance workshop led by Sharon Schenkel.
The conference has topics such as “Exposing Character: The Art of Letter Writing in Pride and Prejudice,” “Art and Artifice: Lady Susan and the Authorial Process,” and “Marianne Dashwood: Songs of Love and Misery.” This conference is geared more towards academia but there are loads of topics that would appeal to the general Austen reader. You can find the program listing here.
Beginning March 29, Trinity College, Cambridge will be hosting a three day conference to celebrate Jane Austen’s Sanditon, her unfinished final novel started in January of 1817 and not completed by her death in July of that same year.
From the press release,
This conference will be devoted to discussing a diverse range of subjects relating to Jane Austen’s last work. Papers on thematic, historical, stylistic and biographical topics are invited. Particular attention will be given to the manuscript of Sanditon and Austen’s compositional processes, as well as to the reception and textual history of Sanditon in terms of editions, adaptations and continuations.
The conference will be held at Trinity College, Cambridge, with planned visits to King’s College and to Austen exhibitions at the University Library, Cambridge and the English Faculty, Cambridge.
The Sanditon manuscript, currently housed at King’s College, Cambridge will also be on view.
The Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, NY will kick off their year long* celebration of Jane Austen on Thursday, March 16. The first program is a lecture by Jacqueline George, professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, entitled “The Afterlife of a Literary Icon.” The lecture will answer questions such as why does Jane Austen stay with us and what her legacy means.
The event will begin at 6:30PM EST. You can check the library’s event page for more information as well as find other upcoming events happening with this celebration.
P.S. The library is setting up a standee so you can take a selfie with Mr. Darcy. I’m not sure if this is an awesome thing or barely tolerable.
*I’ve added this celebration to the Jane 200 calendar.