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

Image of Jane Austen

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 .

 

Jane Austen Among Family and Friends: Exhibit at the British Library

Jane Austen Teenage Notebook

If you happen to find yourself in London, UK sometime from now until February 19, you should head on over to the British Library and check out the exhibit, Jane Austen Among Family and Friends. The exhibit includes Jane’s juvenilia, notebooks, and letters amongst friends and family — much of which haven’t been together in decades. The exhibit also has Jane’s writing desk, given to her by her father, where she wrote most of her books.

British Library’s Press Release:

Jane Austen Among Family and Friends
(10 January 2017 – 19 February 2017)

Next year marks the bicentenary of the death of one of our most-loved writers, Jane Austen. To mark this anniversary, we are bringing together writings from Austen’s formative teenage years for the first time in 40 years, from the British Library and Bodleian Library collections, plus family letters and memorabilia as part of a temporary display in our free Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. This display will also include one of the Library’s finest treasures – Austen’s writing desk.

Together they illuminate the personal family life of this towering literary figure. We are uniting the three treasured notebooks that Austen kept of her teenage writings, which include “The Beautiful Cassandra”, a story dedicated to Austen’s sister, and a spoof history of England featuring illustrations of the Kings and Queens by Cassandra Austen. The exhibits reveal family joys and sorrows which shaped the writer: one letter tells of Austen’s sorrow on the death of her beloved father, while a poem expresses the joy Austen felt on the birth of her nephew.


Check out BL’s website for more information on how to get to the library, admission, and other exhibits and more information here.

(P.S. Having been to BL several times, the place is ah-maz-ing.)

Facebook Game: Jane Austen Manors

Jane Austen Manor

Games centering around Jane Austen’s worlds continue to pop up.  So far I’ve covered The Lady’s Choice (computer) and Jane Austen’s Matchmaker (cards) with plans to cover several other games I know are out there – I know, I know. Marrying Mr. Darcy (cards) is on top of everyone’s list. I have it but it’s in storage – including a game for the iOS so I wasn’t too terribly surprised to find out there is also a Facebook based game entitled Jane Austen Manors.

Looks like the goal of the game is to decorate homes, persons, and make and solidify connections.

From the developer:

Featuring a Furnishings shop for the latest in decor, and a Clothiers for your wardrobe in the latest Regency fashions, Jane Austen Manors also offers mini-games that reflect the past-times of a begone era such as Needlework that can be displayed in your parlour at completion. And don’t forget the importance of having connections! In Jane Austen Manors, your neighbors can make calls by visiting your manor and leaving calling cards and gifts.

I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook games so I more than likely won’t give this a go but if you do, let us know in the comments what you think.

(I don’t know if the developer means to do this but I’m cracking up at the pun of “manors” for “manners” as a rich part of the game is having connections with other players.)