The London Launch of News from Nowhere
Jane Austin's gipping World War I novel, News from Nowhere received a warm welcome at its London launch on 15 March. Rowan Fortune introduced the reading — a novel he knows very well as he mentored it as a part of the Cinnamon mentoring programme — talking about the family letters that inspired the book and about the central character, Bronwyn's, development as a result of the upheavals caused by the war.
Jane spoke of an extraordinary encounter at the Somme commemorations last year, when she received a message meant for her family almost a hundred years on. Marietta Crichton Stuart spoke further about Mrs Ruby Burnett's pilgrimage to the battlefield in 1920 to honour her son and to give comfort to families who'd lost loved ones. Jane's great uncle Glyn Roberts was one of these, whose wooden cross Mrs Burnett set to rights.
The next chance to hear News from Nowhere and see Jane is at York Literature Festival, on Saturday, 25 March, when she'll be appearing with fellow Cinnamon/World War I authors Rebecca Gethin and Marg Roberts.