Pride and Prejudice anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:21 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 February 2013

Pride and Prejudice anniversary

Pride and Prejudice anniversary

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath hosted a mammoth "readathon" to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of "Pride & Prejudice".

by Theresa Roche


The Jane Austen Centre in Bath hosted a mammoth "readathon" to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of "Pride & Prejudice".


In collaboration with the City of Bath College students, the centre arranged a live television transmission to a worldwide audience as a steady flow of readers took it in turns to read the chapters of the book until every chapter had been read!


Some readers gave their contributions via Skype and there were delightful variations in how the readings took place with some of them being read in different languages. Chapter 6 was even read in Mandarin Chinese.Some readers represented particular drama groups and some of them dressed in Regency costume.

It was indeed a truth universally acknowledged that in these modern times of multi-media, the event utilised all of these means with live television streaming out to eager fans in Australia and the Far East and then social media rapidly producing feedback from this worldwide audience as the readers gave their contributions.

This was a wonderful event to participate in, a stunning tribute to the imagination and organisational skills of The Jane Austen Centre director, David Baldock and the student crew. I would like to say a very big thank you to all of them for letting me be a part of this celebration of Pride & Prejudice, the popularity of which has stood the test of 200 years and can still strike a chord in the hearts of men and women today as they try to work out how the minds of the opposite sex work and whether what folk say is really what they mean!

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