Sitting With Jane

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, one of the worlds 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 of which will consists 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 and September 2017. Before being auctioned in aid of the Ark Cancer Centre Charity on September the 15th at the Ark Centre, Basingstoke.

For more information on the Sitting With Jane project visit

Further information regarding the trail and the auction will be announced soon.

Jane Devonshire 'SittingWithJane'