Netley Literary Festival
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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the Netley Literary Festival will offer a week of diverse talks, workshops and performances exploring Austen's work and links to Netley, the Abbey's place in the Gothic tradition and its broader literary heritage.

 

Monday 16th October

Joseph Sale: The Cathedral of the Deep – What Gothic is and how to write it - Unfortunately this event has now been cancelled.
Explore the origins of Gothic and be guided through the process of writing an architecturally elegant story structure and beautiful opening.
Venue: St Edwards Church
Time: 7pm

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Tuesday 17th October

Dale Townshend: “They are not the ruins of Netley, but of Paradise”- Literature, Art and Tourism at Netley Abbey, 1700–1850
This public lecture explores the extraordinary cultural interest in Netley between the years 1700 and 1850.
Venue: St Edwards Church
Time: 7pm
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Wednesday 18th October

Gillian Dow: ‘Remember we are English’- Gothic Villains, Sentimental Heroines, and Northanger Abbey at 200.
Exploring Jane Austen’s influences in her writing of Northanger Abbey and the background to its composition and publication.
Venue: Abbey Hall
Time: 7pm
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Thursday 19th October

Ann Victoria Roberts: Passion and Possession - Bram Stoker, Moon Rising and Dracula
An illustrated insight into the writing of historical fiction, with a focus on Ann Victoria Roberts’ gothic novel Moon Rising.
Venue: Netley Library
Time: 7pm
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Friday 20th October

Neil McCaw: The Sherlock Holmes Phenomenon
Exploring the long lasting appeal of one of the world’s most famous detectives, as well as looking at both Holmes’ and Conan-Doyle’s connections to the south of England.
Venue: St Edwards Church Hall
Time: 7pm
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Saturday 21st October

Cassandra Clark: Launch event for Cassandra’s latest novel ‘The Alchemist at Netley Abbey’ - Please note this is now a FREE event
Venue: Abbey Hall
Time: 11am
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Guided Walk – Netley & The Gothic
Venue: Abbey Grounds
Time: 12.15pm
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Literary Lunch
Venue: Prince Consort Pub (non-ticketed event)
Time: 1-2pm

Cheryl Butler: Jane Austen & Southampton Spa Talk & Book launch
Launch of the new book on Jane Austen & Southampton Spa and illustrated talk.
Venue: Abbey Hall
Time: 2.30pm
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Simon Sandell & John Hare: Netley Abbey, Jane Austen and the Gothic Imagination
Launch of the new Hampshire Paper Netley Abbey, Jane Austen & the Gothic Imagination; looking at the historical development of the abbey and romantic writing.
Venue: Abbey Hall
Time: 3.30pm
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Festival Bookshop & Teas at Abbey Hall
Date: Saturday 21st October - between 4.30-6.30pm
Venue: Abbey Hall

Boiling Point presents HIDE - Please note this event has unfortunately been cancelled
A new play, taking inspiration from the story of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
Venue: St Edwards Church
Time: 7.45pm

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Sunday 22nd October

Literary Themed Church Service at St Edwards
Venue:
St Edwards Church (non-ticketed event)
Time:
10.00am

FREE Guided Walk – Literary Netley
Find out about Netley’s links to famous detectives, lost poets, country churchyards and medieval monks.
Venue: Abbey Grounds
Time: 11.30am
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Anne-Marie Edwards: Signing Event for Anne-Marie’s new book ‘Jane Austen’s England – A Walker’s Guide’
Today we can walk in Jane Austen’s footsteps and still capture the atmosphere of her world. This delightful account of Jane’s life and work is arranged as a series of walking tours through the towns and countryside she knew and loved.
Venue: St Edwards Church Hall
Time: 2pm
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Matt Beames – New Tales & Old Stories: Reimagining Sir Bevis of Hampton
Matt will talk through the development and writing of the comic Blood & Valour, and some of the other projects he has worked on inspired by the medieval story of Sir Bevis of Hampton.  
Venue: St Edwards Church
Time: 3pm
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Festival Bookshop & Teas at St Edwards Church Hall
Date: Sunday 22nd October - between 4-5pm
Venue: St Edwards Church Hall

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