Netley Abbey will this year play host to the Netley Literary Festival to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen.
The Festival, which runs from the 16th – 22nd October, will feature a diverse range of talks, workshops and performances exploring Austen’s works, and her links to Netley Abbey.
The week-long event will also take a look at the Abbey’s place in gothic tradition, as well as its broader literary heritage.
Netley Abbey has some poignant links to the life of Jane Austen, having purportedly been a great source of inspiration for the 18th Century Writer, particularly for her gothic satire novel, Northanger Abbey.
The hope is that the festival will highlight Netley’s links to culturally and historically significant works of literature.
Festival Director Matt Beames said of the festival:
“The 200th Anniversary of the death of Jane Austen is a fitting year to launch the Netley Literary Festival, which will explore the author’s work and links to the area.
“Netley and Netley Abbey has a diverse literary heritage, and the Literary Festival is a perfect chance to explore it.
“As well as exploring Austen and the Gothic tradition, the festival will also highlight some of the more modern literary links to Netley and the local area.”
Netley Literary Festival is curated by the Berry Theatre.
For more information on the festival’s events and to book your place, please visit http://www.theberrytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/autumn-17/netley-literary-festival/
Tickets for each event are £5 unless stated otherwise.
Netley Literary Festival Programme of Events
7pm, Monday 16th – The Cathedral of the Deep: What is Gothic and How to Write it. Graphic Horror Writer Joseph Sale guides you through the process of writing horror and gothic fiction.
Tuesday 17th – ‘They are not the ruins of Netley, but of Paradise’: Literature, Art and Tourism at Netley Abbey 1700-1850. Professor Dale Townsend will be taking a look at Netley Abbey, and the 18th Century’s love affair with gothic tourism.
Wednesday 18th – ‘Remember we are English: Gothic Villains, Sentimental Heroines and Northanger Abbey at 200. Director of Chawton House Library Gillian Dow will examine some of the influences on Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey.
Thursday 19th – Passion and Possession: Bram Stoker, Moon Rising and Dracula. Renowned Writer Ann Victoria Roberts will be giving an illustrated talk on the writing of historical fiction, with a particular focus on gothic literature.
Friday 20th – The Sherlock Holmes Phenomenon. Professor Neil McCaw will be examining the lasting appeal of Sherlock Holmes, and his connections to the south of England
Saturday 21st – Book Launch
11am – The Alchemist of Netley Abbey. Cassandra Clark unveils the latest instalment of her medieval history detective series, ‘The Alchemist of Netley Abbey’, set during the turbulent reign of Richard II.
12:15pm – Netley & The Gothic Guided Walk. Find out how Netley inspired the gothic novel on a guided walk from the entrance of Netley Abbey around one of the 18th Century’s top visitor attractions.
12:30pm – Literary lunch. Come along for a pop-up bookshop and ‘Meet the Author’ event at The Prince Consort Pub, formerly the village mortuary.
2:30pm – Jane Austen & Southampton Spa. An illustrated talk by Dr Cheryl Butler launching the new book ‘Jane Austen & Southampton Spa’, commissioned as part of the Jane Austen Commemorations.
3:30pm – Netley Abbey, Jane Austen and the Gothic Imagination. Authors Simon Sandell and John Hare look at the historical development of the abbey and romance writing to launch the new Hampshire paper ‘Netley Abbey, Jane Austen and the Gothic Imagination’.
4:30 – 6:30pm – Pop Up Bookshop & Tearoom
7:30pm – Performance of Boiling Point’s ‘Hide’. The Berry Theatre’s writer in residence and literary festival director Matt Beames presents a new play, premiered at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, taking inspiration from the story of gothic classic Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Sunday 22nd – Book Launch
10:30am – Church Service at St Edwards’s with a Literary Twist.
11:30am – Netley Literary Guided Walk. Find out about Netley’s links to famous detectives, lost poets, country churchyards and medieval monks.
1-2pm – Pop Up Bookshop and Tearoom.
2pm – Jane Austen’s England: A Walker’s Guide. A launch event of Writer Anne Marie Edwards’ new book, which also serves as a practical guide to walking in the footsteps of Jane Austen.
3pm – New Tales & Old Stories: Re-Imagining Sir Bevis of Hampton. Festival Director Matt Beames brings the festival to a close with a presentation about his latest work, Blood & Valour, a graphic comic book about legendary local figure Sir Bevis, who’s ghost is said to haunt Netley Abbey in search of his famous sword, Mortglay.