San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In the idyllic setting of Chawton House Library, Jackie Bennett will give an illustrated talk on her new book, The Writer’s Garden; How gardens inspired our best-loved authors.
This is an opportunity to follow in Jane Austen’s literary and gardening footsteps and trace her journey from her childhood smallholding in Steventon, Hampshire, to the grounds of Godmersham in Kent and finally to the village of Chawton. With readings from Austen’s novels and letters, this talk will reveal how gardens, including the beautiful grounds in listed historic parkland here at Chawton House Library, found their way into her work.
Jackie Bennett is a garden writer and historian. Her new book explores the lives, landscapes and
gardens of 20 of our best-loved authors. Copies will be available from Chawton House Library on the day for the exclusive price of £20 (RRP £25).
11.00 a.m. Tea, coffee and cake served in the Old Kitchen
11:30 a.m. Talk, followed by the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book and have it personally signed by the author.
12:30 p.m. Tour of the Chawton House Library gardens with Head Gardener Alan Bird (please bring appropriate footwear).
Tickets: Adult: £11, Students/Friends: £8.50
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Chawton House Library
Welcome to Chawton House Library, We are an internationally respected research and learning centre for the study of early women's writing from 1600 to 1830. Access to the library's unique collection is for the benefit of scholars and the general public alike. Set in the quintessentially English manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen's brother, Edward; the library, house and gardens - plus an always fascinating calendar of events - make Chawton House Library a very special and memorable place to visit and enjoy.