Jane Austen Weekend in Kintbury 24th-25th June

on 30 May 2017.

Jane Austen coloured version It is a little known fact that famous regency author Jane Austen had strong ties to Kintbury dating from her sister Cassandra's engagement to Tom Fowle, son of Kintbury vicar, the Reverend Thomas Fowle II. Sadly Cassandra and Tom never made it to the altar; Tom was struck down with Yellow Fever when he accompanied Lord Craven on a campaign to the West Indies as his domestic Chaplin and died in San Domingo in 1797.

To celebrate Jane Austen's connection to the area, Gill Hornby, novelist, journalist, Austen biographer and Kintbury resident, joined forces with other authors, dramatists and historians to create a weekend of events which illustrate both Austen's work and Kintbury as a Regency village. The Jane Austen weekend was first staged in 2015 and its success prompted the organisers to recreate the event on 24th-25th June.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice arranged by Gill Hornby and performed by Hayley Mills who will be accompanied on piano with selections of the Carl Davies score from the celebrated 1995 BBC television adaptation.

The weekend is packed full of indoor and outdoor events. Tea parties at Audley Inglewood with the Devizes Regency dancers, Jane Austen walks, and talks by Austen experts. Austen devotees come from around the globe so this little know connection between a sleepy Berkshire village and the revered Regency author may draw more than just a local crowd.

Full details of events and ticket prices are available at http://janeaustenatkintbury.co.uk/Tickets/tickets.html

 

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