I do wish this year was the one when we celebrate the birth of this wonderful lady, rather than the year when we commemorate her passing. Nevertheless, it’s wonderful to see her in the limelight for whatever reason, see her featuring on national news, on the new banknote, and also have adaptations and Regency documentaries broadcast in great number, which hasn’t happened over the last few years, and isn't likely to happen again until 2075.
It’s also very good to remember that I’m not going to Winchester just to witness a solemn event, but to meet with other people like myself, for whom Jane is a constant presence, and her world a way of life.
I think that as well as a brilliant body of work, Jane Austen’s great legacy to the world is this wonderful ability to bring people together.
If you haven't been able to see it yet I hope you’ll enjoy a few ‘behind the scenes’ shots and some lovely dancing.
I know that if you can’t be there in person you’ll be there in spirit. So here’s to Jane and our undying love for her!