July 2019 – Newsletter
Tickets to the 2019 Jane Austen Festival are now on general sale!
They are selling fast, and our Country Dance at the Assembly Rooms is already sold out. Fear not- if you are feeling heartbroken at missing out on a ticket, consider one of these events instead…
Our Regency Costumed Masked Ball, on Friday 20th September. A drinks reception at the Roman Baths followed by dancing and dinner in the Pump Rooms. This is the most visually spectacular of all our events, and a chance to wear your Regency finest.
Day of Dance on Monday 16th September. Two dance workshops at the beautiful Assembly Rooms in Bath, followed by a narrated dance performance given by the Jane Austen Dancers.
“To Be Fond of Dancing”, a hour’s talk by Charlotte Cumper of the Jane Austen Dancers on the rules of dancing in Jane Austen’s time. How did the Netherfield Ball differ from the Meryton Assembly? Why couldn’t Catherine Morland just refuse to dance with John Thorpe?
June 2019 – Newsletter
Greetings from sunny Bath,
There are just ten more days until tickets to the Jane Austen Festival 2019 go on general sale… You can find a pdf of the official programme on our website here.
One wonderful thing about the Jane Austen Festival is that everyone who comes is a book-lover- it gives us all something in common and something to bond over!
Amongst the authors we are welcoming to the Festival this year are:
– Cass Grafton and Ada Bright, who will be launching their eBook “The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen”, a wonderful work (set right here in the Jane Austen Festival!) on Friday 13th September. They’ll be interviewed at our Pre-Festival Get-Together by Gabrielle Malcolm, author of “Fan Phenomena: Jane Austen”.
-Carrie Kablean, author of “What Kitty Did Next”. Carrie will be discussing her novel, following Kitty after the events of Pride and Prejudice, in a free event on Saturday 14th September.
– Sophie Andrews, author of “Be More Jane”. Sophie will be holding an informal Q&A session, as well as signing copies of her book, on Tuesday 17th September.
May 2019 – Newsletter
Dearest supporters and fans of the Jane Austen Festival,
I have very exciting news… our programme is finalised, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on the 1st of July!
April 2019 – Newsletter
A lot goes on in Austen in April…
In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet receives her first disastrous proposal from Mr. Darcy. In Sense and Sensibility, April finds Marianne Dashwood falling victim to a dangerous fever, and in the Jane Austen Festival office, wristbands for our 2019 Regency Costumed Promenade go on sale for £14 from the Jane Austen Centre online gift shop on Saturday 13th April!
This year, we will be starting our Promenade in Sydney Gardens, and travelling around Bath to finish in Parade Gardens. The route will be step-free, and there will be an option for people who don’t want to walk any further to cut short the route and go straight from the end of Great Pulteney Street to Parade Gardens. Our hope is that this means as many people as possible feel able and welcome to join us at 11am on Saturday 14th September.
The £14 wristband not only pays for marshalls to close the roads of Bath, allowing attendees to walk about the city Jane Austen set two of her books in with hundreds of fellow devotees, the hire of both the start and finish location, and a charitable donation to Bath’s local Cancer Care Campaign, but also gives a discount of 10% off a visit to the Jane Austen Centre during the 2019 Festival.