Last weekend, I attended the 10th Jane Austen Festival in Bath. It was my first festival and I had such a great time. The promenade on Saturday was the highlight for me – seeing all the beautiful costumes and spotting the Mr Darcys and Catherine Morlands! The sun glowed on the array of fine fabrics and everyone was smiling. It was such a great day.
There was also a wonderfully romantic moment at the beginning of the promenade. Outside the Abbey, a man was standing holding a single red rose to surprise his fiancee. She was going to meet him there but had no idea that he’d be in full Regency attire! He’s a pic of me and author, Jane Odiwe, with the real-life hero!
I also met my lovely friend, Isa, who’d travelled all the way from Spain for the festival. Here she is with her ‘I Heart Darcy’ bag!
I went to talk to the wonderful Pride and Prejudice Tours in Sydney Place – the very house that was Sir Walter Elliot’s in the 1995 production of Persuasion. And I signed lots of copies of my novel, A Weekend with Mr Darcy too – in Waterstones, WH Smith and Toppings. Thank you to the staff who made me so welcome.
Other festival highlights included lunch in The Pump Room where I met a very fine gentleman!
And a trip to the fashion museum with Jane Odiwe who snapped me trying on some eighteenth-century undergarments!
It was a fabulous trip and I now have so many ideas for the third book in my Jane Austen addicts trilogy, Mr Darcy Forever, which is set during the festival. I can’t wait to write it now but it is currently on hold as I am about to revisit the second book first as the editorial notes have landed and it’s time for some rewriting…