- Darcy lookalike – the man who steps into Colin Firth’s role
- Celebrating the bicentenary of Jane Austen’s Emma
- Campaigning against animal cruelty in Georgian times
- The importance of clocks and other timepieces
- Rewriting Love and Freindship
- News from the Jane Austen societies of the UK and North America
The January/February (No 67) issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine is published this week and features on the cover Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in the new film 12 Years a Slave. Inside you can enjoy:
- celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Mansfield Park
- how Jane Austen’s third novel tackled the issue of slavery
- sympathy and advice for Mary Crawford
- the scandal of being caught up in a breach of promise of marriage case
- why Jane Austen preferred the Navy over the Army
- introducing the Jane Austen Club of Moscow
It’s not too late to subscribe and receive this issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World. To do so click here and follow the links on the right of the page.
Join No 1 Royal Crescent for an enchanted evening of Georgian entertainment as they welcome Adrian Teal, the caricaturist and author of the Gin Lane Gazette, and the historian Hallie Rubenhold to take you back to an age of elegance and excess. Listen to 18th Century readings, meet with costumed Georgian characters and visit the drawing room for music from a harpsichordist.
An Evening with the Gin Lane Gazette takes place at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, on Friday November 29, from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are £40. Gin punch, canapés and other refreshments.
Details from: bath-preservation-trust.org.uk/event/gin-lane/
Alan Titchmarsh, the celebrity TV gardener, planted a Pride & Prejudice Rose in the garden at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton today.
The Pride & Prejudice rose, which was developed by Harkness Roses for the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s most-loved novel, was launched this year at the Chelsea Flower Show. A donation from the sale of every rose supports the Museum’s work.
The latest issue is full of news, including: Austen on the £10 note; updates on the filming of Death Comes to Pemberley; the new curator at Jane Austen’s House Museum; and Cassandra’s Cup tea-shop for sale.
The main features include:
- A preview of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s AGM in Minneapolis at the end of September
- The puppetteers who are bringing Northanger Abbey to life
- Welcome Prince George, a very Austen name for the new royal baby
- A peek at day-to-day life in Jane Austen’s England
- Reporting on the Battle of Trafalgar – plus Nelson’s funeral
- The Georgian outdoor swimming pool in need of restoration
- Remembering Fanny Burney and her sister, Sarah Harriet
… plus News, Letters, Book Reviews and updates from Jane Austen societies in the Netherlands, the US and the UK
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.