and others from the anarchic , violent and hilarious
Juvenile Writings of
Presented by actor, writer and speaker Karin Fernald
” The show delighted a capacity audience” John M Morrison, Sevenoaks Literary Festival
As a teenager, Jane Austen wrote short plays, stories and novels filled with extravagant farce, some of which she copied out and reworked in later life. G.K. Chesterton said that, had she wished, she could have been “a buffoon like the Wife of Bath.” Many of her characters are completely immoral, go unpunished and do well out of their crimes. Her family were entertained by these works, including the Reverend George Austen, who gave his daughter an expensive notebook in which to write down her Early Works, inscribing it on the first page “Effusions of Fancy by a very young Lady, consisting of tales in a style completely new”. Later critics have been put in mind of Ionesco.
KARIN FERNALD is an actor, presenter and speaker, whose much -travelled solo show on diarist Fanny Burney (1752-1840), has been performed at Dr Johnson’s House, the Bath Festival and worldwide ( www.karinfernald .com). She is also known for her entertaining lectures on l8th and early l9th century writers, correspondents and diarists connected with the arts. In the theatre Karin has played parts ranging from in SALLY BOWLES in CABARET to THE DORMOUSE in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Her children’s book on the fraught childhood of Queen Victoria, THE DUMPY PRINCESS, published in 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book, was short-listed for a YOUNG QUILLS literary award.