Stonehenge, or a Post Seemingly Not at All Related to JA

Yes, I know that this blog is supposed to be about MK and JA, as the title explains, but sometimes on this trip MK does something totally unrelated to JA. My husband and I decided to take a trip to Stonehenge on Sunday. While I visited the greatest henge of all ten years ago, AdamContinue reading “Stonehenge, or a Post Seemingly Not at All Related to JA”

“Talks and Tours Day: Jane Austen in Chawton,” or More Fun than You Might Expect

  On Friday, July 7, 2017, Chawton House Library (CHL) and Jane Austen’s House Museum (JAHM) hosted “Talks and Tours Day: Jane Austen in Chawton.” The day began with a series of talks; it concluded with tours of CHL’s current exhibit on Austen and Germaine de Stael–alliteratively called “Fickle Fortunes”–and JAHM’s wallpaper and Wedgewood dishes!Continue reading ““Talks and Tours Day: Jane Austen in Chawton,” or More Fun than You Might Expect”

Bella the Cat; or, The Perks of Airbnb

Normally Chawton fellows and the international visitor (that’s my role) stay in the Chawton House Library Stables. Because CHL Stables is booked for the next few weeks, I am staying at the wonderful Sarah’s house in Alton for the time being. I found this place through Airbnb. It’s a wonderful house with wonderful hosts, including Sarah’sContinue reading “Bella the Cat; or, The Perks of Airbnb”

BBC Radio4’s Kitchen Cabinet Recording

Last night I helped the Chawton House Library (CHL) staff set up for an event: the live recording of BBC Radio4’s “Kitchen Cabinet.”  The show changes locations weekly (I presume) and invites an audience of hundreds to attend the recording. It goes like this: people can request free tickets, show up, and hope to getContinue reading “BBC Radio4’s Kitchen Cabinet Recording”

Jane Austen’s House Museum: An Introduction

Yesterday I made my first official trip to Jane Austen’s House Museum (JAHM). From 1809-1817, Austen lived with her mother and sister in a Chawton cottage that is now known as Jane Austen’s House Museum. She revised Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice while living in Chawton, and she wrote Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion,Continue reading “Jane Austen’s House Museum: An Introduction”

Chawton House Library: An Introduction

On July 4, I made my first trip to the Chawton House Library. This building was once the home of Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight. Now it is a library that holds thousands of books and items from the Knight family’s collection and on women writers from the 17th through the 19th centuries. ThanksContinue reading “Chawton House Library: An Introduction”

Shakespeare, Not Austen; or What You Will

There you have it: Shakespeare’s Globe. While the theater does not sit on the exact site of the original, it’s close. Want to know more about the Globe? Check out this site. This summer, the Globe is home to a series of plays falling under the heading, “Summer of Love.” Plays in the group include TwelfthContinue reading “Shakespeare, Not Austen; or What You Will”