The Bodleian Library is marking World Book Day on 1 March with a display and a lecture on Jane Austen and her writings.
Jane Austen: a literary genius at work
A one-day display of Jane Austen’s manuscripts from the Bodleian Library collections showing the newly acquired handwritten manuscript of her unfinished novel The Watsons. Also included in the display will be Volume the First, a manuscript of Austen’s juvenilia.
10.00 - 16.00, Divinity School, Bodleian Library
The Watsons: Jane Austen practising
Professor Kathryn Sutherland (Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, St. Anne’s College, Oxford).
1.00-1.30, Convocation House, Bodleian Library
All are welcome to these events, and admission is free.
The Bodleian's current main exhibition is The Romance of the Middle Ages, which showcases the library’s outstanding collection of manuscripts and early printed books containing medieval romance. The exhibition is open now in the Bodleian's Exhibition Room, and will run until 13 May 2012. Lots more information, including audio recordings of extracts from selected texts and a documentary on the ways in which medieval romance has inspired writers and artists across the centuries, is available on the exhibition's website.