Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November news - Writing, Oldham Book Festival and the latest news on the Rice Portrait!



New Books in the pipeline news

I've been a little quiet on my blog recently, but that's because I've been busy writing and working on another two books, which I hope will be coming out over the course of the next couple of years. It's a little early to give too much away, but the first, another time travel novel, is inspired by Jane Austen's wonderful book Northanger Abbey, and like Searching for Captain Wentworth is set partly in Bath with heroines and their heroes living in both the past and present. I've enjoyed spending time researching this book so much - one of the joys of writing for me is the time spent in another time period reading up on history, and also visiting places for inspiration. It's never a hardship to visit places like Bath where Jane Austen visited and spent some time living in the city or Kent where she spent time visiting her relatives.  I love the fact there are always fresh opportunities to learn new things, and it's so easy in such atmospheric and inspiring settings to find you can lose yourself in another time.
The second book will have to be kept a complete secret just at the moment, as I'm always a little superstitious before a novel is finished and in the editing stage, but it's a little sidestep departure from the kind of book I normally do and I'm loving writing it.

I spent some of the last few months working on a new website, which is a bit of a work in progress. If you'd like to hear more news or receive updates on what I'm working on, plus free reads and competitions please subscribe here. There'll be a Christmas competition with prizes next month and a Jane Austen Christmas tale!



Oldham's Bookmark Festival 2017

It's always very exciting to be asked to give a talk, and in celebration of Jane Austen's life for the 200th anniversary next year I've been asked to appear at the Oldham Book Festival in April to talk about my books. There'll be more details later but I know they have some lovely plans in mind to hold a book signing, afternoon tea, and a film screening for the event. It feels particularly special to me, as one of my grandmothers came from Lancashire, and she was always so encouraging of my writing efforts as a young child. Her passion was for Georgette Heyer, and I was always intrigued by the beautiful covers with beautiful illustrations of Regency heroines, and dashing heroes. I hope to update with more news soon!


Last, but not least, I've been following Ellie Bennet's blog on Jane Austen portraits - her research is impeccable and her findings fascinating. Here's a taster of her latest blog, and a link so you can read the whole article.

Jane Austen, The Rice Portrait and the National Portrait Gallery - Ellie Bennett

“A mistake repeated more than once is a decision” Paulo Coelho


Is the Rice Portrait truly a portrait of a young Jane Austen?


It is a question which has been the subject of intense debate and disagreement between its supporters and detractors, a debate which has raged on for decades.

In recent years a steady flow of evidence has emerged supporting the long held belief of the portrait’s owners that the Rice Portrait is genuine. And yet the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) continues to deny that the portrait is either of Jane Austen or by Ozias Humphry, insisting that it dates from the early nineteenth century. They justify this on the grounds of the dating of the costume and the stamp on the back of the canvas, notwithstanding the evidence that has been produced demonstrating that both dress and stamp could potentially date to before 1800. Why is there such reluctance on the part of the NPG to accept any of this new evidence? 

To read more of the article, please click here.

2 comments:

Cassandra Grafton said...

Jane, as you know, I adore your writing, especially your time-slip novels, so to know there is a new one pending AND one set partially in and around the beautiful city of Bath is so exciting! I can't wait to order this new book!

As for the 'secret' one, though there's nothing to go on yet, I know it will be the perfect read for me. Looking forward to more news soon! :D

I think it's lovely you are attending the Oldham book signing, and especially so with the link to your grandmother. I hope you have a wonderful time! <3

Looking forward to the new website and the Christmas run up!

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you Cassandra, very kind of you to say so!