The Royal Mail is set to celebrate Jane Austen on a set of stamps in 2013.
The bicentenary of the first publication of Pride & Prejudice, Austen’s most famous novel, will be celebrated as part of a six-stamp set on sale from February 21. The set will also feature scenes from Austen’s other works.
There are also stamp issues in 2013 featuring the TV series Dr Who and London Underground.
Andrew Hammond, managing director of Royal Mail Stamps, said: “We had a fantastic programme last year across a variety of different topics and capped it off with our hugely popular [Olympic] gold medal stamps.
“That’s a unique act to follow but the 2013 programme explores some of Britain’s greatest achievements from the world of literature, industry, sport and modern society in a schedule that certainly contains something for everyone.”
Jane Austen fans are gathering in Brooklyn, New York, for the annual general meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Hundreds of delegates – from the US and farther afield are expected at the Marriott by Brooklyn Bridge for the conference, which begins on Thursday.
There is a packed programme of lectures, musical events and entertainments, including the banquet, costumed promenade and Regency ball on Saturday.
The emporium, which is open each day, will have stalls including Jane Austen Books, Chawton House, Bingley’s Teas and Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine. Drop by our stall to sign up for a subscription to the magazine and to purchase a copy of our new book, Celebrating Pride and Prejudice, by Maggie Lane and Hazel Jones.
Updates from the conference will be posted here during the AGM.