To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen – the mother of the modern novel – the Royal Over-Seas League's 2017 Literary Series begins with a discussion on adapting Jane Austen’s novels for the screen and stage. How does one bring to life Austen’s trademark wit and streams of consciousness beyond the page? How much does the cult of Jane Austen influence our view of her? Our expert panel of speakers will cover the novels themselves and their extraordinary unique style, the trials of adaptation and bringing Austen's own enigmatic story to life.
Paula Byrne, author of The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things, the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller and BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.
Professor Janet Todd, Honorary Fellow of Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and Professor Emerita, University of Aberdeen.
Anne Pivcevic, Executive Producer, BBC Drama Production.