Marie Gethins

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People shelter under umbrellas as they look at a Jane Austen-inspired bench outside Winchester Cathedral in Hampshiresssss which is part of the ‘Sitting with Jane’ art trail to commemorate the 200th anniversary of her death.  Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Nuala O’Connor:‘Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance’ In the Jane Austen Centre, in Bath, you try on a bonnet that smells of other pe(...)

“Nasty feedback has no place in a writing group, and neither does saying something is lovely.” Photograph: iStock

At the recent West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, would-be writers filled 11 week-long workshops, from memoir writing to travel, fiction, and poet(...)