2019 JASNA Tour to England

JASNA Tour of England

JASNA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for their 2019 tour of England!

Organized by the British tour company Pathfinders, the tour “Seeking Adventures Abroad: 200 years of Northanger Abbey,” is designed to celebrate Northanger Abbey, sites mentioned in the novel and film adaptations, as well as important locations in Jane Austen’s life. At the conclusion of the tour, a short trip to Ireland is being offered to visit locations from the 2007 movies Northanger Abbey and Becoming Jane (ed. one of my favorite movies ever!). These locations include Lismore Castle, Blarney Castle,  Trinity College, Cork, and Dublin.

The tour is from July 11 – 20, 2019 with the Ireland trip being offered from July 20 – 24. Tour prices range from $2870 – $3410 depending on the number of participants. An additional $750 will be added if you’d like single accommodations (aka not share a room). These prices do not include the side trip to Ireland or airplane tickets.

For full details on the pricing and registration, visit JASNA’s website. You can also find the complete itinerary here.  The tour’s main website is here. Finally, to register or if you have questions, contact tour@jasna.org.

Note: Only JASNA members can be registrants.

Living Soul

“If you don’t love another living soul, then you’ll never be disappointed.” Charlotte Bronte

JASNA SW presents the 3nd Annual Young Filmmakers Contest

JASNA, in collaboration with JASNA Southwest, is proud to present submissions to the 3nd Annual Young Filmmakers Contest are now open.

The contest is open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students. Per the entry form, ”If you are graduating in spring 2019 but were a student during the 2018-19 academic year, you are still eligible.”

The film must be five minutes or less and the entry is free.

Additional information provided by the contest:

AWARDS: Judges will select up to three winners. A “crowd favorite” award
will be bestowed on the favorite submission selected by JASNA Southwest members.


  • Cash prize ($250 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third
  • One-year free membership in JASNA
  •  Screening at JASNA Southwest regional meeting
  • Screening of the winning videos on the JASNA and/or JASNA Southwest website and our YouTube channel

For more information, visit the JASNA SW website or download the entry form here.

SUBMIT ENTRY FORM ALONG WITH COMPLETED FILM TO: JASNA 2019 Young Filmmakers Contest • jasnasw@jasnasw.com.

Contest ends November 1, 2019.


Uncertain Of My Fate

“I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.” Persuasion by Jane Austen

I’m Burning

“Oh, I’m burning! I wish I were out of doors! I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free . . . and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them! Why am I so changed? Why does my blood rush into a hell of tumult at a few words? I’m sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills. Open the window again wide: fasten it open!”  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for January 27, 2019

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What’s happening this week in the Austen and Bronte universes:‘

Encourage By Laughing

“Whatever was wrong, in either her or her brother, he would encourage by laughing at, if not by actually praising: people little know the injury they do to children by laughing at their faults, and making a pleasant jest of what their true friends have endeavoured to teach them to hold in grave abhorrence.”   Anges Grey by Anne Bronte

Strange Sensation

“It is a very strange sensation to inexperience youth to feel itself quite alone the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted. The charm of adventure sweetens that sensation, the glow of pride warms it; but then the throb of fear disturbs it; and fear with me became predominant when half an hour elapsed, and still I was alone.” Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Present Elegancies

“Let me know when you begin the new tea, and the new white wine. My present elegancies have not yet made me indifferent to such matters. I am still a cat if I see a mouse.’” Letter to Cassandra by Jane Austen