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A host of special events will be on offer to literature lovers at Sheffield’s Central Library.

The packed schedule for May and June begin with a Meet the Author event on Wednesday, giving readers the chance to meet local writer Gavin Extence and hear him speak about his debut novel The Universe versus Alex Woods.

Wendy Hudson, service development librarian, said: “Gavin has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott prize for new fiction, and chosen by the Richard and Judy Book Club as one of their Summer Reads, so he is doing really well.”

Sheffield Environment Week will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 29, as artist and naturalist writer Christine Gregory delivers a talk on her latest work, entitled Brown Hares in the Derbyshire Dales.

In June, two Jane Austen events have been organised to mark the bicentenary of the literary heroine’s most popular novel Pride and Prejudice.

The celebrations kick off with a talk entitled Going Out in Regency Sheffield with Grace Tebutt on Monday, June 3, at 6.30pm.

The event explores how Sheffield became involved in the fashionable ways of socialisation that Jane Austen writes about – namely the theatre, balls and inns, giving a rare insight into how regular Sheffielders lived at the time.

Following on from that, the Central Library will welcome Christopher Sandrawich of the Jane Austen Society for Where is Pemberly? on Wednesday, June 5.

The talk will cover all of the buildings and sites used in various films and adaptations of her work, and aim to find which existing building could Jane Austen had in mind when writing her book.

Visitors to nearby Chatsworth Estate may find it particularly interesting, as many fans believe Jane based the fictional Pemberly on the Derbyshire landmark.

And rounding off the events will be Coffee, Cake and a Chat about Books – which marks National Reading Groups Day on Friday, June 28. The event takes place from 11am until noon in the Carpenter Room.

Wendy said: “This will offer an opportunity to talk about the books that you really like and drink coffee and eat cake at the same time.”