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Celebrating Jane

News release 7035, published on 05 Jun 2017
<div class="MsoNoSpacing" style="margin:0cm 0cm 0pt;"> A series of events will be held in Basingstoke and Deane across the summer to celebrate the life of local author Jane Austen.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has produced a free Celebrating Jane brochure, with details of the multitude of events, including guided walks, theatre, musical treats and screenings of film adaptations.

Among the highlights is a trail of BookBenches, each painted by a professional artist with their interpretation of a Jane Austen theme.

Visitors will be able to follow the ‘Sitting with Jane’ trail of 24 benches around the borough and beyond, enjoying some beautiful locations and learning all about Jane in the process.

The Wild in Art event is organised by Destination Basingstoke in association with Festival Place shopping centre.

Elsewhere, an outdoor screening of the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice will be held on Friday 7 July in War Memorial Park.

All are welcome to bring a picnic and a low-backed chair along to the borough-council organised event and enjoy the classic tale of love and values.

The series of events will run from June to September.

Cabinet member responsible for arts and heritage at the council Cllr Terri Reid said: “Jane is truly one of our own. She was born here, spent more than half her life here and drafted some of her greatest works here.

“We are immensely proud of Jane’s strong connection to Basingstoke and it’s only right that we pay tribute to her legacy through this series of wonderful events across the summer, which have been organised by local organisations, groups and individuals.

“These events allow us to showcase the very best of what the borough has to offer and to highlight the best ambassadors for this area – the people who live here.”

To view details of all events, visit The Celebrating Jane brochure will be available at points across the borough such as community centres, churches, Willis Museum and Basingstoke Discovery Centre.
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