On World Book Day, we announced that we will be supporting Destination Basingstoke with their exciting new project ‘Sitting With Jane’.

What is Sitting With Jane?

Sitting With Jane is a Jane Austen themed public art trail taking place this summer. Between 17th June – 31st August, across Basingstoke, the art trail will mark the 200th year since her passing, and run alongside other events across the country.

The greatly anticipated trail consists of 24 BookBenches. The Benches are based in and around the Basingstoke area, plus one in Alton and one in Winchester. Each BookBench is individually designed and painted professionally to celebrate Jane Austen’s life. After the summer, the BookBenches will then go to auction to raise funds for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

The auction, which takes place on the 15th of September at The Ark Conference Centre, is the only opportunity to purchase one of the fabulous BookBenches as a piece of unique art that celebrates Jane Austen’s heritage in North Hampshire. If one catches your eye and you would like to own it, then this will be your chance.They will be sold to the highest bidder!

All BookBenches cost nothing to view, with the aim to celebrate her achievements, educate people about Jane Austen herself and to show that Basingstoke is more that just roundabouts. As a business, we are so pleased to support Destination Basingstoke and their partners with social media for this project.

Spreading The Word

Felicity Edwards, Director of Destination Basingstoke, explains, “Sitting With Jane is a huge project for us and, more importantly, for Basingstoke, and we want to make sure we make the most of all social media opportunities – The Typeface Group will be great partners to help guide us.”

Natalie Weaving, Director, says “To work with Destination Basingstoke on the Sitting With Jane project is a true honour. We look forward to flying the flag not only for the town we love but also for our literacy heroine.”

The hashtag #SittingWithJane is spreading the word on Twitter to help raise awareness. Visitors also have a special app to download that is encouraging people to share their experience and log their progress on the trail and their voyage of discovery. Download here on the App Store or Google Play.

So our question to you is…Will you be Sitting With Jane this summer? Have you already sat with her? We would love to see your pictures, tweet them with the hashtag #SittingWithJane or post them on the Sitting With Jane Facebook page!



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