Hello! Long time no see, hear or indeed anything. I thought you might be interested in this….


Janet Clarke of the Jane Austen Society has contacted me so that I can let you know of Worthing’s very exciting WOW (World of Words) exhibition which will take place between the 23rd May and the 7th June this year.
As you know Jane Austen stayed at the seaside town of Worthing, Sussex in 1805 and Janet Clarke has undertaken extensive research on her stay there. The WOW Festival includes lots of special events celebrating her stay there. The exhibition website relates:

A major new exhibition celebrating the link between novelist Jane Austen and Worthing is to take place next month.
The exhibition, in association with Community First and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), runs from 23 May to 7 June and, among many activities, will give visitors the opportunity to experience the town as the author herself would have, atop a horse drawn carriage.

Jane Austen stayed in Worthing in 1805 and is said to have based many parts of her unfinished last novel Sandition on the town.

Exciting activities in the exhibition will include a free family day with arts and crafts, children’s tours, a Georgian trio of musicians, a Regency dance display and an Indian-themed special screening of Bride & Prejudice; the Bollywood version of the Austen classic. The screening will include Indian food.

For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, two guided walks will take place; one in the centre of town and the other in Broadwater, both areas closely linked with Austen.

The exhibition will run from 23 May – 7 June at the Chatsworth Hotel, Steyne Gardens Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3DU and is open daily from 10am – 3pm.

Writers and Artists note: the organizing committee is looking out for an Artist and Writer in Residence….anyone interested is advised to contact Melody on melodystories1@gmail.com by the 24th April. For more details of the exhibition please go here.

It all sounds fascinating, and I hope Janet will furnish us with some pictures of the exhibition, which would be lovely.