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.

[…]

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.)

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.

Jane Austen Festival in Louisville – July 14, 15, 16 2017

Jane Austen Louisville Festival

As some of you may know, I live in the greater Louisville, KY region and one of the first things I did when I moved here was to change my membership region to Louisville AND to volunteer for the yearly Festival (North America’s largest JA festival!). This festival has been on my radar for years but either time or location has prevented me from attending but now that I live here, I can not only go but I am also volunteering which I’m super excited for.

Today was my first planning meeting (they started in December) and it was intense. I knew planning a festival was heavy duty having worked several in the past but an entire festival to honor a singular person is fierce. I thought I was a huge Austen devotee but the planning committee made my love look as if I was merely glancing at the novels on occasion.

And this is not a bad thing since you know, Jane is everywhere.

I’ve volunteered for sub-committee to handle social media / blogging and it looks like I’ll be co-librarianing the chapter’s media collection. Tomorrow (January 15) is the monthly general chapter meeting which means I’ll have an entire weekend of Jane which is a splendid weekend indeed.

(I also plugged my blog at the meeting so hello!)

For more information, check the festival’s website or their Facebook page for updates and information on ticket costs, workshops, and the ball!  See you there!

See you there!

#rainjane

#rainjane

The city of Winchester, UK is celebrating Jane’s 200th death anniversary this summer by placing 12 of Jane’s quotes around the city centre which can only be viewed when it rains. The final quote, “Know your own happiness. Call it hope.”, is located on a bench across the house where Jane died,

For more information on the walk, visit the city of Winchester’s site which also provides additional events to celebrate this year.

Additionally, you can track event by  #rainjane across social media.

(P.S. Since it seems to rain in England 24/7/365, following the trail shouldn’t be that hard. 😉 )