There will be the opportunity to join Oxford professor Freya Johnston in Bembridge on Sunday (22nd October) as she reveals how Jane Austen’s earliest works show a surprisingly anarchic and feisty spirit.

Freya is one of the country’s leading experts on Jane Austen and has just co-edited Jane’s teenage writings for Oxford University Press.

By around the time that she left school in 1787, Jane Austen was already an avid reader, devouring pulp fiction and classic literature alike. What she read, she soon began to imitate and parody. Themes which appear only subtly in Austen’s later fiction run riot in her early writings – drunkenness, brawling, sexual misdemeanour, theft, and even murder.

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Freya will explore the three surviving notebooks from Jane’s teenage years, in this, Austen’s bicentenary year.

Sunday’s event is a chance to meet Jane as never seen before – a rebellious teenager far removed from the rather serious image we see on today’s £10 note.

The talk, brought to you by Ramshackle Cinema, is in Bembridge Village Hall on Sunday 22nd October at 15:00 and will be followed by a full afternoon tea prepared by the Ryde Lions.

Tickets for this fascinating soirée are (appropriately) £10 each and include afternoon tea. To book call Judith on 01983 875738 or email [email protected].

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