2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball – JASNA Pittsburgh

(ed: I Iove their logo, don’t you?)

The JASNA Pittsburgh region is having a 2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball as part of their Festival events. The ball will take place on Saturday, March 25 and begins at 8PM. There are beginner lessons/review session at 7:30PM. Cost is $25 and tickets must be purchased in advanced. Check out the ball’s webpage  for more information.


The JASNA Pittsburgh region yearly Jane Austen festival is taking place the weekend of March 24 – 25, 2017 with the theme is Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Legacy. The cost for the festival is $75 for members and $80 for non-members. Events planned are, “Engaging speakers, Regency vendors, movie screening & discussion, Regency Assembly Ball with live music!”.

(ed: I’m adding this to the calendar since the theme celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.)

Jane Austen Walk- Bank Holiday Adventure

Jane Austen Walk

There are events like these that pains me to not live or at least be in England.

However! If you happen to be around the county of Hampshire on April 14, Curious Kat’s Adventure Club has this for you!

Please join us for a full-day walk through the beautiful countryside of Hampshire and let yourself be inspired by amazing surroundings that once inspired Jane Austen to write her famous novels. Follow in her footsteps and try to discover with your own eyes the magic that sparked off the classics such as  Pride and Prejudice, Emma or Sense and Sensibility.

The cost is £28.86 per person (£24.38 for members) and you can sign up for the event at the company’s EventBrite page. For more information, visit the Curious Kat’s page for the event.

Jane Austen Bicentenary to be celebrated in Brighton

Here’s another one to add to the calendar!

A new exhibit, Jane Austen by the Sea, is being held at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK and

…will explore Jane Austen’s relationship with coastal towns and life in Brighton during her time, to mark the bicentenary of her death.

This exhibit will run from June 17 – January 8, 2018. It looks to be an interesting one as it will showcase a locket of her hair, one of her music books, important letters and manuscripts, and a three-volume manuscript copy of Sandition, which is written in Cassandra Austen’s hand.

There is no direct connection of Jane and Brighton other than she mentions it in Pride and Prejudice and uses other seaside towns, like Lyme Regis, in her novels. This exhibit hopes to encapsulate not only Brighton during the Regency periods but what Jane must have experienced at the seaside resorts she did visit by,

…exploring why watering places like this became so fashionable: from coastal attire, tourist entertainments and the new pastimes of sea-bathing and Turkish baths to the town’s Royal connections and military presence.

For more information, you can read the announcement  in full at the Chichester Observer and visit the Royal Pavilion’s website for more details.

 

Basingstoke Festival 2017 featuring Jane Austen

Oooohhh — look at this. If you find yourself in Hampshire, specifically Basingstoke, from June 16 to July 9th, the community is having a month long festival to celebrate “Born in the Borough,” which of course includes lots and lots of Jane. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and suppose the Jane Austen statue will be revealed during this time.)

From the festival’s website:

Our theme for 2017 is ‘Born in the Borough’. Expect international artists and big name acts alongside local talent and an array of ‘Festival in the Community’ events which will help showcase arts and performances in underused places.

In addition, there will be a number of events held to celebrate Jane Austen, the world-renowned 19th century author who was born in the borough at Steventon and drafted some of her best known works while living in the area. This July marks the 200th anniversary of her death and provides the perfect opportunity to highlight how her work still entertains and inspires people today.

Visit the festival’s website for locations, times, and listing of events!

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.

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.)

Jane Austen 200 – The Mysterious Miss Austen

Jane Austen Dress

ed: I should create a post with a list of all the Jane Austen exhibits happening in UK this year, win a zillion dollars and take oneself across the pond to go check them out (and visit friends), but alas.


If you happen to find yourself in the city of Winchester, UK between May 13, 2017 and July 24, 2017 you may want to check out Jane 200 – The Mysterious Miss Austen.

From the website:

This exhibition will explore Jane’s life and work and her relationship to Hampshire. The exhibition which is in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum, will include the HCT pelisse coat which is the only garment in the world with provenance that can traced back to Jane. It will also include first editions of her work, personal letters and portraits as well as loans from national institutions and private lenders including the National Portrait Gallery.


Other than hours, cost, and the above bit of press release, there isn’t much listed on the exhibition’s page. However! The exhibition is part of Hampshire’s Jane 200 – a year long celebration of Miss Austen that includes exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances across the county, so check the site for more info!

JANEuary at the Williamsburg Regional Library

If you live in or near Williamsburg, Virginia, you’re in for a delight. The Williamsburg Regional Library is celebrating JANEuary, a month long Jane Austen set of events happening at the library.

The current schedule:
January 5
Thursday Film Series: Persuasion (1995) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and the Challenge of Film Adaptation” 4 p.m.

January 12
Thursday Film Series: Love and Friendship (2016) 2 p.m.
January 19
Thursday Film Series: Austenland (2013) 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Jane Austen and Her Fans: Does Austenland Get It Right?” 4 p.m.
January 26
Thursday Film Series: Sense and Sensibility (1995) 2 p.m.
January 29
Austravaganza 1-5 p.m.
An afternoon of talks on Austen; period arts, crafts, and culture; and fun and games.

For more information and location, check out the event’s website. The events are free and open to the public.