Sitting With Jane

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen - one of the world's best known novelists and a women who was born and lived in the borough of Basingstoke for more than half of her life.

Working together with Destination Basingstoke and Wild in Art, we will be bringing to the area 'The Sitting with Jane' trail which will consist of 24 'BookBenches' - each one effectively a 3D canvas -  uniquely designed and handed painted.

These 'BookBenches' will be situated around Basingstoke, Chawton, Steventon, Winchester and Alton, all with the Jane Austen Theme.

The' BookBenches' will be in place between June 17 and August 31, 2017, before being auctioned ion Friday, September 15 at The Ark Conference Centre, in Basingstoke. Seventy five per cent of the proceeds from the auction will go to Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

For more information on the Sitting With Jane project, visit

Join us on Friday, September 15 at 6.30pm for the special charity auction of these unique BookBenches. To register your interest to bid at the auction, please send your contact details to

Jane Devonshire 'SittingWithJane'