↑ Sorry KellyI have nothing against Kelly Clarkson: I like ‘A Moment Like This’, I like American Idol and am not in the least bit snobby about it [its much better than The X Factor]. But I am relieved that Jane Austen’s turquoise and gold ring will stay in the UK. Clarkson outbid Jane Austen’s House Museum at an auction last year, buying the ring for £152,450. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey put an export bar on it until 30 September 2013 and the museum in Chawton, Hampshire started a fundraising campaign. It raised enough money to buy back the ring, including an anonymous contribution in August of £100k. Clarkson accepted the bid. The ring will go on display at the museum in the New Year, alongside other pieces of Austen’s jewellery. To learn more about the Chawton museum, click this link:- http://www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk/
↑ Re-imagining Jane AustenHarper Fiction is running a Jane Austen writing competition for 16-18 year olds on the theme ‘Jane Austen: Re-imagined.’ Entries will be judged by novelist Joanna Trollope. The winner will be published on a special website. Trollope will visit the winner’s school to talk about Austen, and the school library will also be given 10 copies of a new edition of Sense & Sensibility.
For more details about the competition, click this link:- http://theaustenproject.com/the-austen-project-writing-competition/
↑ At last, a new Sarah Waters
Sarah Walters’ new novel, as yet untitled will be published next year by Virago. It is set in London in 1922 and charts the aftermath of the First World War.
↑ Philanthropy is alive and wellAuthor James Patterson has pledged $1m of his own money to independent bookshops in the USA. “For a lot of kids in this country, for a lot of kids in this neighborhood, if they don’t become competent readers, they are going to find it impossible to get through high school,” Patterson told The Wall Street Journal. Bookshops must have a children’s literature section, and be financially viable.
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