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Jane Austen Made Me Do It - Competition Winner!

Congratulations! The winner of the copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It is Sophia Rose! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did, Sophia.

Laurel Ann Nattress: You Pierce My Soul Persuasion: A Look at Jane Austen’s Most Romantic Novel

It's my great pleasure to welcome my guest, Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It to the blog today. Everyone knows Laurel Ann from her wonderful blog, Austenprose, and now she's just become a published author! Over to you, Laurel Ann.
You Pierce My Soul Persuasion: A Look at Jane Austen’s Most Romantic Novel
Hi Jane, thanks again for hosting me during my Grand Tour of the blogosphere in celebration of the release of my new Austen-inspired anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It.
Besides being total Jane Austen enthusiasts Jane, you and I share an affinity for Persuasion, Jane Austen's last and most romantic novel. I was so excited then you shared with me that you were inspired to write a short story for Jane Austen Made Me Do It based upon Jane Austen’s characters Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot. I adore their love story and was so interested to see what you would do with the backstory of their first meeting and early romance that is only alluded to in the…

A Lydia Bennet Moment! Jane Odiwe and Monica Fairview at the RNA Regency Day.

In Lydia's imagination, a visit to Brighton comprised every possibility of earthly happiness. She saw, with the creative eye of fancy, the streets of that gay bathing place covered with officers. She saw herself the object of attention to tens and to scores of them at present unknown. She saw all the glories of the camp -- its tents stretched forth in beauteous uniformity of lines, crowded with the young and the gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and, to complete the view, she saw herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six officers at once.
Pride and Prejudice

A fun day was had by all at the Romantic Novelist's Association Regency Day held at the Royal Overseas club in Mayfair. As you can see, Monica Fairview and I experienced a 'Lydia Bennet' moment when we met a group of redcoats who were there to add a touch of authenticity to the proceedings. Thank you, Monica, for the lovely photo!

I got to dance with Georgette Heyer biographer, Jennifer Kloest…

Jane Austen Made Me Do It - Publication Day, and a Competition Winner!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It edited by the wonderful Laurel Ann Nattress is launched today. I'm thrilled to be a part of this book and have enjoyed reading all the amazing stories written by all the fabulous authors. The launch party is being kindly hosted over at Austen Authors with guest posts written by Laurel Ann Nattress, Monica Fairview, Diana Birchall, Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, and Me!


I also found this lovely review


Stories by: Lauren Willig • Adriana Trigiani • Jo Beverley • Alexandra Potter • Laurie Viera Rigler • Frank Delaney & Diane Meier • Syrie James • Stephanie Barron • Amanda Grange • Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Carrie Bebris • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley
“My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you…

Fairfax House, York: Dress in the Age of Jane Austen

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Fairfax House, York


FASHION SEMINAR: AN AIR OF ELEGANCE AND FASHIONDress in the Age of Austen with Hilary Davidson RIDAY 7 OCTOBER 2011
Opening time: 7.00pm
Location:Fairfax House
Cost:£14.00 (York Civic Trust members and Friends of Fairfax House £12.00, Students £8.00)
Jane Austen's lifetime and her career as a writer encompass one of the most interesting periods of fashion development. This talk, by Curator of Fashion at The Museum of London Hilary Davidson, will look at this time of great change, from the French Revolution to the Regency: how events great and small influenced fashion, and Jane Austen’s own relationship with dress in her life and novels.

Tickets: £14.00 (York Civic Trust members and Friends of Fairfax House £12.00, Students £8.00) For tickets contact Fairfax House on 01904 655543 or call in during House opening hours.


From their website:
Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural ma…

Bath in the Sun!

I was in Bath at the weekend enjoying the sunshine and the soaring temperatures-though it has to be said I didn't really take the right clothes with me. I just didn't believe it was going to be quite that hot-scorching is the word! I took a few pictures of the fabulous street entertainers who turn out each week whatever the weather. I met the talented artist, Adrian Sykes, (above) and bought a gorgeous painting of Marlborough Buildings (where Colonel Wallis lived in Persuasion). I did suggest he ought to paint some Jane Austen street scenes - not sure if he was convinced, but he did say he might venture out in Regency attire perhaps when the Jane Austen Festival is on!
I hope you enjoy the pictures of Bath in the sun!