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Southampton Jane Austen Festival

200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death

 Jane Austen, one of the world's most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels.

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with Jane Austen’s House Museum and many other partners across the county to celebrate Jane’s creativity and talent. The year is packed with exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances. 
Find out about the whole programme of events in Hampshire at Jane Austen 200 >
    • The Stinking Fish of Southampton

    The Stinking Fish of Southampton - Photo Credit: Jane Austen 200 / Sarah Siddons Fan Club

    • The Stinking Fish of Southampton

    The Stinking Fish of Southampton - Photo Credit: Jane Austen 200 / Sarah Siddons Fan Club

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Stinking Fish of Southampton 

Jane Austen spent three periods of her life in Southampton, as a schoolgirl, as a young woman and as an adult when she, her mother and sister lived with her brother Frank Austen in a house near Southampton Castle. In one of her early pieces of writing she declared “Beware of the unmeaning luxuries of Bath and the stinking fish of Southampton….” Perhaps because they lived downwind of the fish market on St Michael's Square! So did Southampton have more to offer and inspire the budding writer than the waft of herring?  The Southampton Jane Austen Festival ‘The Stinking Fish of Southampton’ aims to answer that question. So if you are looking for Mr Darcy, the culmination of the Stinking Fish of Southampton events organised by the Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Group ends with a weekend of walks, talks, exhibitions, displays, workshops and a Regency Ball at the Dolphin Hotel.
 

Programme of Events
 
26 - 30 June: Taking the Flounce or Nonsense & Insensibility / Holyrood Church 
 
2 July: Jane Austen & Southampton Spa Trail / Start at the Bargate
 
9 July: Trafalgar Days / Starts at the Bargate
 
16 July: The Bits Jane Left Out! / The Juniper Berry 
 
23 July: Officers and Gentlemen / Southampton City Art Gallery
 
30 July: Pattens to Peartree / St Michael's Church
 
6 Aug: Netley and the Gothic / Netley Abbey
 
13 Aug: Literary Netley / Netley Abbey 
 
 
 
30 Sept: Talks at Tudor House >