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AUSTEN POWERS; Mark bicentenary of author Jane at events around the country and visit some of the many locations brought to life in movie adaptations of her famous books.

Byline: BRIDGET Mc-

No plain Jane

Two centuries have passed since we lost one of the country's greatest authors - Jane Austen - famous for such well-loved titles as Pride and Prejudice. To commemorate the bicentenary, a new PS10 note will feature the renowned writer. To turn back the pages, here is a Jane Austen cover story.

Sense of place

As Jane's birthplace, final resting place and the county in which she spent her most prolific writing years including the penning of her first novel: Sense and Sensibility; Hampshire is a focal point for the Jane Austen 200 commemorations. Start at Jane Austen's House Museum (her former home) and Chawton House Library in Chawton which will both be hosting changing exhibitions.

An open book

In Basingstoke, visitors can follow a downloadable sculpture trail made up of 25 'BookBenches' (until 31st August 2017), each uniquely designed and painted by a professional artist with their individual interpretation of a Jane Austen theme. (More at janeausten200.co.uk or visit-hampshire.co.uk).

Bath time

Bath is a great place to get to know Jane Austen better as she lived here from 1801 to 1806. Visitors can take a free downloadable audio walking tour of the city 'In the footsteps of Jane Austen'. Stop at the Jane Austen Centre, close to where she once lived, or perhaps join in the Jane Austen Festival, held from 8-17 Sept 2017. Dance sense and sensibilities away at the masked ball (visitbath.co.uk).

Peak viewing

As Jane said there was 'no finer county in England than Derbyshire', it is fitting that the region has featured widely in adaptations.

Lyme Park included Colin Firth's famous Mr Darcy lake scene in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice, while Chatsworth House was the location for Pemberley in the 2005 film starring Kiera Knightley. Jane stayed at nearby Bakewell, famous for its tarts (visitpeakdistrict.co.uk).

Well Kent

The Austen family had many links to Kent and this picturesque county also provided film and TV locations. The Jane Austen Movie Trail highlights the village of Chillham, which doubled as Emma's home, as well as Groombridge Place in Tunbridge Wells - family residence of the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice. The gardens are open year-round (visitkent.co.uk/jane-austen).

A shore thing

The author's relationship with coastal resorts is explored in Jane Austen by the Sea at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, until January 8, 2018. Free with admission, the exhibition paints a picture of life during the author's time, with photos, paintings and mementoes belonging to Jane, such as a lock of her hair (visitbrighton.co.uk). More literary holiday inspiration at visitengland.com/ Departures Cyprus 16 August 16, from Glasgow, 7 nights half board at 3*HB Agapinor, PS339pp.

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