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Lucy Worsley –  At Home with Jane Austen
Wed 28 Jun, 7.30pm | The Haymarket, Basingstoke.
Dr Lucy Worsley is passionate about making history engaging to the widest possible audience. Her new biography of Jane Austen takes a fresh look at the author’s life from the perspective of her bicentenary, dispelling the myth of the cynical, lonely spinster. Lucy instead offers us a witty and passionate woman of her time, who refused to settle for anything less than her own Mr Darcy. Come and explore the life and times of one of England’s most famous writers, with the charming and knowledgeable presenter behind BBC documentaries Elegance and Decadence: The Age of the Regency, A Very British Romance and most recently Six Wives with Lucy Worsley. 
Copies of Lucy’s book will be available to purchase by cash only.  Post-show Talk – Stay in your seat after the performance for a free Q&A with Lucy.  For more information:  Click here
Deadline 1 September, 2017
Overton Poetry Prize

In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines.The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each.
Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. Students from the School can study Creative Writing modules at BA level, and undertake an MA and PhD in Creative Writing. We hope that this poetry prize, set up in Bill’s memory, will contribute to the creative life of the School of the Arts, English and Drama and the experience of our students.
The Overton Poetry Prize 2017 will close on 1st September 2017, and the winner will be announced at the end of September 2017.
To apply, please visit:
The Hampshire Writers’ Society
The Hampshire Writers’ Society welcomes all writers in Hampshire and reaches out to the broadest community, interacting with a unique and growing sector of aspiring writers, identifying new writers and engaging young people by encouraging an interest in writing creatively and critically.
For information on the next Hampshire Writers’ Society event and to book a place, please visit: