My time as a Jane Austen celeb..

Books & Literature

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.

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15 thoughts on “My time as a Jane Austen celeb..

  1. Good radio interview! If your particular favourite is Northanger Abbey (local colour and all) then you might be interested in my review of it here — http://wp.me/p2oNj1-or — and if you put ‘Northanger’ in the search box on the blog you can see other references to the novel, including Joan Aiken’s homage in the Felix Brooke children’s novels.

  2. I am so jealous! That must have been such an incredible experience! Have you read All Roads Lead to Austen? If not, I think you’d like it!

      1. It was a great read and I’ve got a review on my blog if you want to check it out. Hope you enjoy the book! 🙂

      1. Lucky that you can spend time reading blogs while at work! BTW – I love the book Pride and Prejudice! I like her other books too! Thanks again!

  3. Congratulations! The most marvelous things seem to happen to you! Great interview! I loved what you said about Austin’s characters being so immediate that readers easily relate to them, regardless of historical distance. (Did they give you a certificate or a tiara or something to commemorate your honor?)

    1. Thank you very much! I know, I do seem to attract good luck somehow…! They didn’t give me a certificate, no. But I got lots of free food at the event, and that is a very worthy prize in my view! ha!

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