Monthly Archives: November 2013

Hurrah for Jane Austen!

Thank you everyone who came last night to the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival event on The Glory of Pride and Prejudice. We planned to celebrate Jane, and we did!

A huge thank you to Watershed and Bristol Festival of Ideas for their fantastic support and enthusiasm for the event and the festival itself. I couldn’t do it without them!

And, of course, a massive thank  you to our performers and speakers. Kim Hicks for her inspiring and engaging performance of Pride and Prejudice. Professor Helen Taylor for being a wonderful chair and supporter of the festival. And Professor Jane Spencer, Jean Burnett and Tiffany Spencer for their exciting, interesting and thought-provoking talks. 

If all the chat of the Bad Miss Bennett has inspired you to discover more of Lydia’s adventures, then you can buy Jean’s book, Who Needs Mr Darcy. And if you would like to see Kim’s interpretations of Austen again, all her details are on her website

Finally, thank you to everyone who came to the event and who supports the festival. You make it happen! 

Here’s some pics from the night…

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Still time to buy your tickets for The Glory of Pride and Prejudice

Tomorrow the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival will be celebrating one of Britain’s best-loved writers, Jane Austen. 

We’ll be joined by Professor Helen Taylor, Professor Jane Spencer, Jean Burnett, Tiffany Francis and Kim Hicks in a celebration of all things Pride and Prejudice. 

There’ll be a performance, a panel discussion and a movie. What’s not to love? 

You can book your tickets online, by calling Watershed 0117 927 5100 or by going to the Box Office. 

This event is a must for all Austen fans so come along and celebrate the glory of Pride and Prejudice! 

When? 26 November 2013

What time? 18.15

Where? Watershed

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Have you booked your Austen tickets yet?

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200 years since it was published, Pride and Prejudice still exerts its fascination on the public’s imaginations. Just what is it about this satirical and romantic novel that still charms and excites readers today? Find out with The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival at Watershed on Tuesday 26 November

Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. Professor Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy, and Professor Jane Spencer. 

We’ll also be inviting to the panel the winner of our very exciting competition for 16-25 year olds, to find the biggest, young Jane Austen fan in the UK, Tiffany Francis. 

The discussion will be introduced by a performance from actor Kim Hicks, and 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.

Founder and director of the festival, Sian Norris, explains her reasons for celebrating Jane Austen:

“Like many women, I first read Pride and Prejudice as a teenager and have re-visited the book many times ever since. So how could I resist an evening celebrating the bi-centenary of its publication? Pride and Prejudice still captures our imagination today – from the biting satirical message about women’s place in nineteenth century England, to the hilarious monologues of Mr Collins and the ultimately satisfying ending for Darcy and Lizzie. It’s a novel that means so much to so many people and I am really looking forward to hearing from our panel and from our audience on why Austen remains a staple in our cultural lives today.” 

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival launched in March 2013 with real success. Audiences flocked to a series of panel events over one weekend, to see writers and academics discuss their work. Chaired by writer, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha, speakers included Stella Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Selma Dabbagh, Beatrice Hitchman, Emilia di Girolamo, Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Dr Charlotte Crofts, Kristin Aune, Debi Withers and Josephine Tsui. 

On her involvement, Bidisha says: 

 A stage full of brilliant, brainy, articulate and witty women discussing literature, women, history, activism and the future. An audience full of literature-lovers and woman-likers of all ages, races and walks of life. If anything restores a woman’s faith that we are not just roaring but writing and reading, it’s the Women’s Literature Festival. And I am sure that in her own crisp, sisterly way Austen would give a sly wink of approval.”

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is supported by Watershed and The Bristol Festival of Ideas. 

In summary:

Where? Watershed, Bristol

When? Tuesday 26th November 2013

What time? 18.15

Who? Professor Helen Taylor, Professor Jane Spencer, Jean Burnett, Kim Hicks and our very special competition winner, Tiffany Francis. 

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We’ll miss you, Doris Lessing

We were deeply saddened yesterday to learn that Doris Lessing had passed away. 

Lessing was one of the great writers of the 20th Century. Her books can often be painful to read in their searingly honest portrayal of human emotions. Even though she was often frustrated at being called a ‘feminist’ writer, she wrote truly about women’s lives. 

The Golden Notebook, The Grass is Singing, The Good Terrorist, The Martha Quest novels and of course her sci-fi Canopus in Argus series are all must-reads. But we must not forget her memoirs too. Under My Skin is fantastic in its knowingly self-conscious comments on the process of memoir writing. And it is painful, and funny, in its honesty about human relationships. 

Margaret Atwood and Lisa Allardice have already written beautifully on Lessing and her importance. 

But we’ll leave the last word to the great woman herself:

“What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.” 

 

The next Bristol Women’s Literature Festival event is on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You can book your tickets now

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Love Austen? You’ll love this!

There’s still time to get your tickets for the Bristol Women’s Literature Festival event, The Glory of Pride and Prejudice

200 years since it was published, Pride and Prejudice still exerts its fascination on the public’s imaginations. Just what is it about this satirical and romantic novel that still charms and excites readers today? The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival invites you to join us at Watershed on Tuesday 26 November for an evening of conversation, discussion and enthusiasm to find out.  

Chaired by Professor Helen Taylor, this panel discussion will explore Austen’s lasting appeal and the misconceptions that have dogged her public persona. Professor Taylor will be joined by Jean Burnett, author of Who Needs Mr Darcy, and Professor Jane Spencer. 

We’ll also be inviting to the panel the winner of our very exciting competition for 16-25 year olds, to find the biggest, young Jane Austen fan in the UK, Tiffany Francis. 

The discussion will be introduced by a performance from actor Kim Hicks, and 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.

Founder and director of the festival, Sian Norris, explains her reasons for celebrating Jane Austen:

“Like many women, I first read Pride and Prejudice as a teenager and have re-visited the book many times ever since. So how could I resist an evening celebrating the bi-centenary of its publication? Pride and Prejudice still captures our imagination today – from the biting satirical message about women’s place in nineteenth century England, to the hilarious monologues of Mr Collins and the ultimately satisfying ending for Darcy and Lizzie. It’s a novel that means so much to so many people and I am really looking forward to hearing from our panel and from our audience on why Austen remains a staple in our cultural lives today.”

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival launched in March 2013 with real success. Audiences flocked to a series of panel events over one weekend, to see writers and academics discuss their work. Chaired by writer, journalist and broadcaster Bidisha, speakers included Stella Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Selma Dabbagh, Beatrice Hitchman, Emilia di Girolamo, Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Dr Charlotte Crofts, Kristin Aune, Debi Withers and Josephine Tsui. 

On her involvement, Bidisha says: 

A stage full of brilliant, brainy, articulate and witty women discussing literature, women, history, activism and the future. An audience full of literature-lovers and woman-likers of all ages, races and walks of life. If anything restores a woman’s faith that we are not just roaring but writing and reading, it’s the Women’s Literature Festival. And I am sure that in her own crisp, sisterly way Austen would give a sly wink of approval.”

The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is supported by Watershed and The Bristol Festival of Ideas. 

In summary:

Where? Watershed, Bristol

When? Tuesday 26th November 2013

What time? 18.15

Who? Professor Helen Taylor, Professor Jane Spencer, Jean Burnett, Kim Hicks and our very special competition winner, Tiffany Francis.

Book now! 

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