By: Jo Siedlecka
Our Lady Help of Christians in Kentish Town, north London, was transported back to the time of Jane Austen on Saturday evening, when author Julia Forsythe hosted an evening of readings, music, drama, dancing and song, performed by parishioners and friends - to celebrate the publication of her new book, entitled: 'Jane Austen and the Irish Connection'.
Through her extensive research or original texts and letters, Julia Forsythe has discovered many new Irish connections and influences in Austen's books.
She has also explored Irish music, which Jane Austen would have heard and played herself, at house gatherings, balls and parties.
During the evening there was a special guest appearance by mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond, who sang several songs from the era.
As this year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, the publication of this book could not be more timely.
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Jane Austen and the Irish Connection is published in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon ISBN-10: 1520576579 ISBN-13: 978-1520576572 See: See: www.amazon.com/Jane-Austen-Irish-Connection-inspiration/dp/1520576579
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