Brontë 200: a year of celebration at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

Finally! Some Brontë news!

2017 not only marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death but it also marks the 200th anniversary of Branwell Brontë’s birth. (Oh, sweet coincidence.)

To celebrate, The Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth is throwing a year long packed events calendar commemorate this special year.

Some events planned are:

For more information and tickets, visit the museum’s website.

Jane Austen Prototype Statue Revealed

Jane Austen Bust

I know, I know — I just posted the unveiling of the prototype was to be at the end of the week but I assumed the news meant Friday, not Thursday. Oh well, so tada! Here are some images of what the life sized statue will come to be.

Prototype of Jane Austen sketches
Prototype of Jane Austen sketches

 

Prototype of Jane Austen bust
Prototype of Jane Austen bust

 

The statue will be unveiled in July at the Basingstoke town centre.

 

(h/t BBC News)

The first statue of Jane Austen will be unveiled this July

The Basingstoke Observer has reported a prototype of a statue of our Jane will be unveiled later this week with a life size statue to be unveiled in July.

The statue, the world’s first, is to commemorate our Jane’s death in 2017 and is part of a year long celebration of her legacy.  The statue will be located in the Basingstoke town centre.

From the article:

Basingstoke sculptor Adam Roud has been commissioned by the Hampshire Cultural Trust to create the world’s first Austen sculpture, in order to continue the local feel of the tribute.

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Basingstoke MP Maria Miller will be on hand for the unveiling, and said: “Jane Austen is a writer of worldwide repute.

“Born in the borough, she is a women who broke the mould in her generation.

“I am delighted that she is to be recognised in a sculpture; it is a fitting tribute to her, not only locally, but will also serve to reinforce her place in history as one of the finest writers.’

 

 

What’s So Great About Jane Austen?: A Talk at the British Library

On July 4, 2017, the British Library, in conjunction with The Royal Society of Literature, is hosting a talk, What’s So Great About Jane Austen?.

From the press release:

This summer marks the bicentenary of the death of Jane Austen at the age of 41. What explains her enduring appeal? Four writers discuss this as well as arguing for their favourite of her novels. Paula Byrne is the author of The Real Jane Austen, which introduces us to a woman deeply involved in the world around her, yet far ahead of her time in emotional and artistic development. She champions Austen’s Mansfield Park. Helena Kelly, who admires Persuasion, is the author of Jane Austen, the Secret Radical, ‘a sublime piece of literary detective work’. The novelist Kamila Shamsie speaks up for Pride and Prejudice, which she has loved since childhood. Their discussion is chaired by John Mullan, author of What Matters in Jane Austen? He praises Emma.

Members and fellows ofThe Royal Society of Literature can book their tickets over at the BL’s website while the general public will need to RSVP .