Friday

Karin Fernald: Jane Austen and The Slave Trade

Karin Fernald, actor, researcher and speaker, is known for her entertaining lectures on celebrated correspondents and diarists from the 18th to early 20th centuries. After performing her popular solo show “WE FAINTED ALTERNATELY ON THE SOFA” to a packed house at BIG LIT 2018, we are delighted to invite her back with further fascinating insights into the author’s work. Austen’s England was hotly divided over the Atlantic Slave Trade.  Jane never wrote about it directly, but her three favourite authors were all anti-slavers, and Jane inserts intriguing references to the trade in MANSFIELD PARK and EMMA. And in a letter to her sister Cassandra, she even claims to have once been “in love” with that most active abolitionist, Thomas Clarkson!

13.30 – 14.30 The River Room, Mill on the Fleet    £8