Right, this is a little bit late but a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a competition! I am officially Britain’s biggest young Jane Austen fan!
It was arranged by the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, and for my prize I was invited to sit on a panel of experts to discuss Pride and Prejudice in front of an audience at the Watershed in Bristol.
The festival brings together the country’s best women writers, academics and feminist commentators, and was set up with three objectives:
– To celebrate the diversity and creativity of women writers
– To counter the male dominance of literature and cultural festival line-ups
– To promote women’s writing and literary history
On the morning of the main event, I was also invited over to BBC Radio Bristol to talk about the importance of Austen to young people. This was VERY fun and I felt like a celeb. You can listen to it here (it’s not very long):
I was rather nervous, but the whole experience was wonderful! I met some very interesting people, and the discussion was followed by a screening of the 2005 Joe Wright film. We also had lots of antipasti, which is one of my all-time favourite food genres.