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Happy Birthday Jane Austen - The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation!

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

In honour of Jane's Birthday on 16th December, the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation are offering donors the chance to write in Jane's birthday card.  Simply make a donation through the form, and you can write in Jane's 'virtual' birthday card, which is published on the website.  

Founded by Caroline Jane Knight, the last descendant of Jane Austen’s family to have been raised in Jane’s beloved Chawton, The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation works to effect positive and significant change to global literacy rates.

End poverty

It’s estimated that if every child in developing and low-income nations acquired basic reading skills, 171 million people would be lifted out of poverty.


Girls and boys deserve equal access to reading, writing and numeracy. “Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society” -- Sonia Sotomayor 


Reading and writing are essential skills for those who want to understand, enjoy and influence the world around them


Education is the key to self-improvement and unlocking potential. “Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family” -- Kofi Annan


The simple pleasure of reading a book is universal.…”I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading” -- Jane Austen