The Bodleian Libraries mark this year's World Book Day (1 March) with a series of events dedicated to one of the greatest British writers, Jane Austen. These include a one-day display, a lunchtime talk and a book launch. On display for the first time will be a decorative cross stitch sampler by Jane Austen and a newly-discovered portrait which has been the subject of recent research by Austen scholars. As both items are on loan from private collections specially for this one-day Austen display, this is a unique opportunity for lovers of Austen to see items directly linked to the writer. The sampler is signed and dated 'Jane Austen 177' (some of the stitching from the '8' has come away), and was made when the novelist was eleven or twelve. A note attached to the back of the frame states that an early owner 'was related to Jane Austen the novelist' and that she 'received it as a memento of her (n.b. Austen's) life.'