Discovering our forefathers and mothers brewed beer (and mead) during the Regency era (and since the beginning of time itself) is not a new thing. It’s long been known that beer then is nothing like beer now (it had lower alcohol content) and was the preferred drink for most in that era (fresh water was not a thing back in ye olden days). What does surprise people, however, is discovering people who would have thought not have drunk or brewed beer, such as our Jane, did indeed do such things.
From Vine Pair:
Austen the brew master. Her beer of choice, spruce beer, is brewed with the buds of a spruce tree, which give off citrus and pine flavors — we’d like to think she’d be an IPA fan today. Spruce was an important source of vitamin C in the 1800s and was useful during long winters without fresh fruit. Beer was simply the spoonful of sugar that helped the medicine go down.
Two big contests coming up for students!
In the first, The JASA Young Filmmakers Contest, is open to students in high school, college, and graduate school. The winners will receive a cash award along with paid admission to this year’s AGM!
According to the website,
Works must be adapted from or inspired by Jane Austen’s writing or life, and relate in some way to the theme “Jane Austen in Paradise.” They may be comedies, dramas or documentaries in live action or animation. They may be modernizations or mashups of Austen and another public domain author. They may be set any time from the Regency era to the present or even in the future. They may be cast with puppets, pets or people. In other words, let your creativity guide you. You also have significant discretion in how you address the theme “Jane Austen in Paradise,” such as Jane Austen on holiday, her immortality as an author, etc.
The deadline is July 21, 2017
The second contest is the annual Jane Austen Essay contest open to high school, college, and graduate students. The award is a cash prize.
From the website,
In keeping with the theme of our annual meeting, “Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality,” JASNA is looking for essays that address the following:
Imagine that you are adapting an Austen novel for stage or film. What elements might you be tempted to change—especially for a modern audience—that should not be tampered with if the integrity of the work is to be preserved? These elements could be scenes, characters, dialogue or something else. Explain why they are so crucial to the novel. How does what can and cannot be changed shed light on Austen’s popularity and influence?
Deadline is May 21, 2017
Read it Forward, in conjunction with Papercuts, have produced this adorable retelling of Pride and Prejudice stop-motion film with emphasis on why Lizzy Bennet kicks butt. (And I promise it is totally work safe.)