Chawton House Lockdown Literary Festival: celebrating women’s writing with 3 days of talks, Q&As, interviews and readings… all online, and all for free
Over the course of the three days, Chawton House will host a series of talks, discussions, workshops and Q&As, all online, and all for free.
The exciting lineup includes best-selling authors Joanna Trollope, Gill Hornby, Hilary Davidson and eminent Jane Austen academic Professor Janet Todd. There will be nearly thirty talks, with topics including the Lady Aeronauts, female pirates and eighteenth-century women who masqueraded as soldiers.
Natalie Jenner, author of new novel The Jane Austen Society, will be doing one of her first UK digital events. Natalie’s debut novel, The Jane Austen Society, coming May 2020, was inspired by her visit to Chawton House. The actor Richard Armitage narrates the audiobook. The festival will include many live elements, with authors answering questions live on Twitter and Zoom after their talks have aired.
Amongst the talks, Chawton House will be showcasing many treasures within their collection. Beginning the festival is Chawton House’s Curator, giving an exclusive look at their Emma display. Caroline Knight, who was the last direct descendent of Edward Austen Knight (brother of Jane Austen) to grow up in Chawton House will be giving an insight into her childhood spent living in the grand Elizabethan manor. Secrets about Chawton House will be revealed.
Get involved using #ChawtonLitFest on social media. Alongside the Festival, Chawton House will bring a Zoom-based version of their popular creative writing workshops, with Claire Thurlow.