Not Jane-related post, but a necessary ‘share’

August 23, 2012 at 2:46 AM (General News)

Greetings and Salutations my Fellow Janeites. I just received a lovely parcel from my London friend Mary and as well as my Ponds Moisturising Cream and Hotel Chocolat choccies (yum!), she also included some Radio Times material about the recent BBC2 series ‘Hollow Crown’, which is a new television production featuring Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV and his split personality, and Henry V. I thought I would post the article for you here to read and for those of you who, like me, saw Tom Hiddleston being all wicked and saucy in Thor and The Avengers and developed a crush on him, well, you might like the photos!

Radio Times Hollow Crown Edition June 2012

I would hope that one of the Australian networks obtains the rights to screen these telly adaptations sooner rather than later. Do keep a look out for them and in case I’m still in Thesis Lockdown, could you email me and let me know when to tune in? Thanks!

Oh, and just have to say how much I love the photograph of Ben Wishaw as Richard II. I immediately thought of the Westminster Portrait, currently on loan to the British Museum. So perfectly and beautifully replicated!

Ben Wishaw as Richard II in BBC2’s ‘Hollow Crown’ series

Richard II Westminster Portrait, c. Westminster Abbey

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Jane Austen in the News

August 22, 2012 at 5:07 AM (Jane Austen in the News)

Greetings again. I am doing anything rather than working on the thesis this morning. (It’s taken nearly 7 years because…)

I thought I would pop a few Jane from the News items here for you. I should have been at our last meeting to present some of these in person, however, I am sure Tracey covered my procrastinating butt quite well!

A couple of items are a little old now, but I have, as per the last post, been meaning to post them for a while, so better late than never!

Pride and Prejudice Tours Brochure – This one isn’t so much news as information for any of you lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Mother Country. If you have been fortunate enough to do one of these tours already, maybe you would like to send through your thoughts and pics to me and I can post them here for other members.

For those of you on Facebook, you might like to follow the Chawton House Library, if you’re not already. A few items from their page for your edification.

Heritage Open Day: The Gentleman Farmer

Saturday 8th September 2012 from 10:00am, until 4:00pm
Experience Chawton House Library in a new light as we bring you face-to-face with the ‘Gentleman Farmer’. Discover the charity’s newly-restored eighteenth-century barn, complete with contemporary implements; walk the lime avenue; experience the Shire horses working on the estate, and speak to the woodsman. Children’s activities will be available, plus an exhibition in the house.
The ground floor of the House will be open, including a display of Edward’s newly-conserved silk suit. Refreshments will be available and the gardens will be open to visitors.

Evening Lecture: Professor Philip Olleson – ‘the World Of Susan Burney’

Wednesday 19th September 2012 from 6:30pm, until 8:30pm
To mark the publication by Ashgate of The Journals and Letters of Susan Burney: Music and Society in Late Eighteenth-Century England, Chawton House Library invites you to an evening devoted to Susan Burney. Philip Olleson, Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at the University of Nottingham, and the editor of the volume, will introduce Susan with an account of her life and times, accompanied by a selection of readings from the journals by Karin Fernald, a speaker, actor and writer who is well known for her programmes of readings based on the life and works of literary figures.
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A collection of new photographs of Chawton House Library are available to view – Chawton House Library Beautiful new photographs of Chawton House by Winchester-based photographer, Joe Low. www.joelow.com
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They have also updated their website and it’s all new and flash with lots of interesting things to tantalise the little grey cells! If you haven’t surfed in their direction for a while, now might be a good time.
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From the newspapers we have a range of things to delight and horrify. If any of you are following the Perth Janeites Facebook Page, I have just posted a link to the article from The Guardian in which it was revealed that Pride and Prejudice is about to the Fifty Shades of Grey treatment! Horror! It’s bad enough it was zombified, now it’s going X-rated! Let’s leave something to the imagination.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/17/fifty-shades-classics-erotic-rewrites 
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Did you see the story about a ring that apparently belonged to Jane going for a tidy sum in a recent auction?
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/12/jane-austen-ring-auction_n_1667306.html?utm_hp_ref=uk
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And did you catch this post on The Jane Austen Centre‘s website about Jane’s final days in Winchester?
http://www.janeausten.co.uk/jane-austens-final-days-winchester/
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This news is from last year, but I just came across it the other day and I was intrigued and horrified at the same time. Murder? Really? Read for yourself and see what you think. A novelist with a book to sell looking for publicity at any cost?
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/crime-novelist-claims-jane-austen-died-arsenic-poisoning-173146375.html
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As for this particular item; perish the thought! I can’t believe she’d be in synch with this group of Conservatives! Maybe in her own time. Shuddering at the thought.
http://news.yahoo.com/pride-prejudice-pundits-jane-austen-conservative-205452567.html
Well, I really should get on with doing some writing of my own. Nothing controversial or horrific in what I’m doing. Well, some of the tales I encounter are pretty horrific, but other than some grammatical horrors, I think I’m fairly horror-free in my thesis.
Hope you are all well and Happy Jane Austening to you!

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