Jane Austen's writing desk, Chawton, England. Click image to view detail.
My late maternal grandmother was a high school librarian and I sometimes stayed with her after school until my mother - who was a teacher - picked me up. In 4th grade, I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Of course I didn't understand all of it at first reading, but the book sparked a lifelong interest in Jane Austen's writing - and England!
Last month I was thrilled to visit Jane Austen's family home at Chawton. The sight of her well-worn writing desk next to the window fulfilled a childhood dream. I'll be posting more photographs from Jane Austen's home next week.
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Meanwhile, I'm working on a secret writing and photography project involving the pungent aroma of printer's ink and wooden cabinets full of metal typeface letters. It reminds me of the newspaper where I first decided on a career in journalism.