Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Glory of Pride and Prejudice: An Evening to Celebrate Jane Austen

Watershed, Bristol

Tue 26 November 2013, Discussion: 18:15-19:15, Film starts at 19.45,  £8.00 /£6.50

200 years since it was published, Pride and Prejudice still exerts its fascination on the public’s imaginations. Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. The discussion will be followed by a screening of the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. This celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved novels is a must for all Austen enthusiasts.

Professor Helen Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy; Professor Jane Spencer and the winner of our very special Austen competition.

Watch this space for booking details!

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Women lead the Booker Shortlist

It may be the Man Booker Prize but this year’s shortlist is led by women writers.

For years feminists have highlighted how male dominated the Booker list tends to be – leading after one all male shortlist to the creation of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. So it’s great to see just how celebrated and recognised women writers are this year. Four of the nominees are women – and what great women they are!

Eleanor Catton, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and NoViolet Bulawayo have all been nominated for their fantastic and diverse novels.

Here’s the list in full:

Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

Jhumpa Lahiri: The Lowland

Ruth Ozeki: A Tale for the time being

NoViolet Bulawayo: We need new names

Colm Toibin: The Testament of Mary

Jim Crace: Harvest

Well done to all the nominees!

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