This summer I'm excited to be involved in Basingstoke's Sitting With Jane art trail! Running from June - end of August, the trail sees Basingstoke celebrating - and reclaiming - its most famous daughter, Jane Austen.
Jane Austen was born and spent more than half her life in the Basingstoke area, yet this local heritage is not well-known. Sitting With Jane is about to change this!
There are 24 BookBenches to discover in total, each painted by an artist, and inspired by Jane Austen's life and work.
My benches are:
'The Golden Peacock' - my own vibrant interpretation of the most famous Pride and Prejudice book cover. You can find this bench at Eastdrop Park, Basingstoke.
'Once Upon a Time in Steventon' - which depicts Jane's birthplace, the tiny rural village of Steventon. You can find this bench at Tythe Barn, Basing House.
The benches will be auctioned off in September for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, leaving a valuable lasting legacy in the region.