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Jennie Batchelor is an academic, author and speaker. She has written and edited several books on women's writing, eighteenth-century dress and early women's magazines, and gives public lectures and writes articles and guest blogs on these and other subjects. She can regularly be heard on podcasts, the radio and sometimes on TV. In 2023, she became Head and Professor of English at the University of York after 20 years at the . Jennie’s longstanding interest in the history of fashion and needlework led to her curation of ‘The Great Lady’s Magazine Stitch Off’, a project for which people around the world recreated rare, surviving embroidery patterns from the Lady’s Magazine for an exhibition to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Emma at Chawton House Library. She is Patron of the Kent branch of the Jane Austen Society.

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