A lit­er­ary out­ing

There are some fine an­niver­saries from fic­tion to en­joy in 2017…

The Simple Things - - FRESH -

To mark 75 years of The Fa­mous

Five the RHS are hold­ing ‘Five go on a Gar­den Ad­ven­ture’ trails across four of its gar­dens dur­ing May and a pic­nic party on 11 Au­gust 2017 (Bly­ton’s 120th birth­day). Jane Austen fans can mark the 200th an­niver­sary of her death (18 July) with events this year across her home county of Hamp­shire, and in Bath and Kent, from Re­gency pic­nics to a sculp­ture trail of artist-de­signed BookBenches; janeausten200.co.uk. It’s 50 years since the death of Arthur Ran­some, author of the

Swal­lows and Ama­zons se­ries - mark the oc­ca­sion by book­ing a sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence aboard the leg­endary yacht from Woolver­stone Ma­rina on the Shot­ley Penin­sula, Suf­folk. Other no­table dates are the 150th an­niver­sary of Arnold Ben­nett’s birth with events around his na­tive Pot­ter­ies, and a se­ries of or­ches­tral screenings of Harry Pot­ter And The Philoso­pher’s

Stone (11–21 May) to mark 20 years since JK Rowl­ing's first novel as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Bri­tish Li­brary (from 20 Oc­to­ber). visiteng­land.com/lit­er­a­ture.

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