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02 November 2017

Cumbria Library Service marks 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

Cumbria Library Service is hosting a number of events throughout November in libraries around the county to mark the 200th anniversary of author Jane Austen’s death. 

‘Thrills and Quills’ - LipService Show on Tour

In a show entitled ‘Thrills and Quills,’ professional theatre company LipService - once dubbed “Britain's favourite literary lunatics” by The Guardian, will take a comic look at Jane Austen's letters, examining the oddities of the Georgian postal system and wonder what witty words Jane could have conjured up with a Twitter account.

The show will examine the world of communication from quill pen to SnapChat, with extracts from Jane Austen's novels, letters to family members and wickedly funny observations on her neighbours - the show will look at the vivid account Jane conjures of everyday life.

This show takes place at Carlisle Library on Wednesday 8 November at 7pm.

Tickets cost £2 (including refreshments) and are available now from Carlisle Library, telephone 01228 227312.

The tour is supported by Arts Council England.

'An Austen-tatious Murder' - Jane Austen themed Murder Mystery evenings with Highly Suspect

Acknowledging Jane Austen as one of mankind’s most gifted writers on the subject of love and the human condition, tech developers have created the ‘Austen Algorithm’ - the key to finding the perfect partner! The new app 'Dating Mr Darcy' is due to be launched at a glittering event, but moments before the app goes live, its creator is found dead - someone has quite literally broken her heart!

But which of the Austen aficionados is a potential killer? What clues to the crime can be found within the works of the author, and just who will end up dating Mr Darcy?

Interrogate the suspects, crack the codes and discover the wit and wisdom of one of the finest writers to put pen to paper in a Jane Austen-themed murder mystery that will require all your sense and sensibilities to solve!

Highly Suspect is Cumbria’s premier murder mystery event company and will be bringing the show to several Cumbrian libraries throughout November:

Penrith Library Friday 3 November

Carlisle Library Thursday 16 November

Kendal Library Friday 17 November

Barrow Library Saturday 18 November

Whitehaven Library Tuesday 21 November

All events start at 7pm. Tickets are £5 (refreshments included), available now from each library.

The Travelling Letter Exchange

‘The Travelling Letter Exchange’ is a touring letter writing bureau, designed by artist Laura Jamieson. She invites you to sit down, write a letter and create a new archive of letters that shows what it is like to live in the North West in 2017.

Designed to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, the bureau celebrates the art of letter writing, and everyone who writes a letter will receive a letter in return from another participant.

Laura says:

“Jane Austen is obviously famous for her books, but many people don't know about her prolific letter writing that documented the minutia of her everyday life. These letters now act as documents that give us an insight into the passions and interests of society in the 1800's. In response to today’s environment of digital communications where we can be in contact with someone on the other side of the world instantly, but also where we don't keep or cherish our conversation, the letter exchange is an invitation to sit for a while, reflect on your life in 2017 and commit your thoughts to paper.”

The bureau is touring libraries across the North West and will be in Penrith Library on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November.

The tour is supported by Arts Council England.

Councillor Deborah Earl, Cabinet member for Community Services, said:

“I’m delighted that Cumbria Libraries are marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death with a series of interesting events.  She’s one of Britain’s literary icons and favourite authors and has influenced countless writers and readers with her books and letters, and I hope people get some inspiration from these fantastic events. I am sure they will be a lot of fun and very interesting for all ages - you don’t have to be a Jane Austen expert to enjoy these shows!”

More information on Cumbria Libraries is available at cumbria.gov.uk/libraries.

Cumbria Library Service is hosting a number of events throughout November in libraries around the county to mark the 200th anniversary of author Jane Austen�s death.