Monthly Archives: October 2013

Last chance to enter our Jane Austen comp!

Today is your last chance to enter our Jane Austen competition! So if you are a girl or woman aged 16-25, what are you waiting for?

To enter, email sianandcrookedrib[at]gmail[dot]com to tell us in 50 words why you want to be part of the panel before tomorrow evening.

We’re looking for the biggest Jane Austen fan to join our panel on November 26th to discuss the Glory of Pride and Prejudice. If that’s you, then get in touch!

All you need to do is tell us why you love Austen, and why you deserve a place in the panel, in 50 words.

If you can prove you’re Austen’s biggest fan, then there’ll be a seat at our table with your name on it.

Simply email sianandcrookedrib[at]gmail[dot]com to tell us in 50 words why you want to be part of the panel before tomorrow evening.

You need to be aged 16-25 to take part and to be free on Tuesday 26th November 2013. Travel and accommodation is not included in the prize.

Remember, follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me I own, and I laugh at them when I can. So make your entries as imaginative, creative and Austen-worthy as possible!

Gratuitous pic of Mr Darcy in wet shirt coming up…

mr darcy

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Congratulations to Eleanor Catton for winning the Man Booker!

We were all thrilled to hear the news that Eleanor Catton last night became the youngest person to ever win the Booker for her novel, The Luminaries

This fantastic novel (which I’m currently reading!) has huge breadth and ambition. It plays around with style and form, immersing you in the world of the nineteenth century novel whilst also immersing you in the corrupt, complex and cut throat world of the New Zealand gold fields. The characters and settings are vividly drawn, giving you that feeling that when Thomas Balfour addresses the crowd in the bar, you are seated with them on a stool in front of the fire. 

It’s a complicated book and the interwoven narratives of the characters demands your concentration. In fact, there is even a ‘re-cap’ chapter. But you want a book to make those demands of you. You want to feel involved in the complicated and confusing narratives of the characters, because life is just as complex. It’s intricately plotted and the descriptions are extravagant. It’s a curl up and read book, that rewards you for giving your time wholly to it. 

Well done Eleanor! 

Book tickets for the latest Bristol Women’s Literature Festival event, on Austen and Pride and Prejudice. 

 

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New act added to our evening celebrating Jane Austen

We’re thrilled to report that a new addition has been added to our programme for the upcoming event, The Glory of Pride and Prejudice. 

Bristol actress, Kim Hicks  –  trained at the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Best known for her one woman shows, the first (and still most popular) is ‘Courtship’ scenes from the novels of Jane Austen, which Kim has now been performing with undiminished pleasure for over 30 years.

Kim will be introducing the evening by reading from the opening of Pride and Prejudice. 

Her performance will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, with Jean Burnett, Professor Jane Spencer and the winner of our Jane Austen competition. 

To book your tickets to attend, visit Watershed.

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Tickets on sale for The Glory of Pride and Prejudice

Watershed is taking bookings for our upcoming event, The Glory of Pride and Prejudice: an evening celebrating Jane Austen.

You can buy tickets online, at the Box Office or by calling 0117 927 5100.

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.

We’re also thrilled to announce that the evening will be kicked off with a performance by Kim Hicks, who will read from the novel.

So, don’t delay! Book your tickets today.

The Glory of Pride and Prejudice, 26 November, 18.15pm.

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National Poetry Day Twitter Competition!

It’s National Poetry Day! How do I love it, let me count the ways…

To celebrate, we are running a competition on Twitter for one lucky person to win two tickets to our forthcoming event The Glory of Pride and Prejudice

To be in the prize draw, simply @sianushka and tell us who wrote the line:

Love set you going like a fat gold watch

@ message sianushka your answer before 5pm. We’ll collate all the entries and draw the lucky winner out of a hat. 

Good luck!

And remember, you don’t need to win to attend. Book your ticket to the event today! 

Ts and Cs:

Two tickets will be available for our winner to collect at the Watershed Box Office. The winner must be available on 26 November at 6.15pm to attend the event. The judge’s decision is final. Travel and accommodation are not included in the prize. 

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Book your tickets for The Glory of Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all Jane Austen fans will want to attend this fascinating and inspiring evening celebrating the bi-centenary of Pride and Prejudice’s publication. 

And you can now book your tickets to attend the event at Watershed

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.

Book your tickets now

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