The conference will celebrate the life and work of Anne Brontë in her bicentenary year, and presents an ideal opportunity to challenge the long-held perception that the youngest Brontë sibling was the least talented, and lacked the genius of her sisters.
The plenary speakers are:
Professor Kathryn Hughes, literary journalist, historian, and Guardian columnist
Jane Sellars MBE, co-author of the seminal study The Art of the Brontes
£35 Bronte Society Members
£20 16-25 years old/people in receipt of Personal Independence Payment and people in receipt of a means-tested benefit
The conference ticket allows access to all the conference sessions between 9am and 8pm on Saturday 4 September.
If you’re a fan of not only Jane Austen but also the historian Lucy Worsley (like I am), you’ll find the following irresistible.
Good Housekeeping Holidays is organizing a three day holiday with Lucy as your guide from October 5 – 7, 2021. The trip includes:
Lecture by Lucy
Visit to Jane Austen’s House Museum
Tour of Chawton House
Bath walking tour with Lucy
River Avon cruise
Visits to filming locations (I’ve been to Basildon Park and it is gorgeous).
Price is £865 GBP (about $1300 USD) for three days and two nights. While the cost includes hotel and some meals it does not include transportation to and from the event. For more information, visit the event page.
July 19th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, See the Movie: Jane Eyre – 630PM – 830PM
July 27th – Get Brontë-fied!: Read the Book, Watch the Movie: Wuthering Heights – 630PM – 830PM
July 30th – Get Brontë-fied!: Celebrating Emily – 7PM – 8PM
The events will be held at the library’s main location. They are free and are open to the public. Visit the library’s website for more information.
If you live in the metro Washington, DC area, you may want to clear your calendars from July 11 – August 1. Dunbarton House, a colonial age house in the Georgetown neighborhood in DC, will be holding a Jane Austen Film Festival starting July 11 (tomorrow!) and running until August 1.
The films are:
Love and Friendship (2016): July 11th
Sense & Sensibility (1995): July 18th
Emma (1996): July 25th
Pride & Prejudice (2005): August 1st
Tickets are $6 USD per film or $20 for all four films. If you become a museum member, the films are free and you also get early entry.
Gate open at 7:00pm for members, 7:30pm for the public. The film will start at sunset, approximately 8:30pm.
Why Jane Austen at Dumbarton House?
“Austen was writing and publishing these timeless, engaging novels during a time of great tumult between the United States and Great Britain: The War of 1812. This conflict started to brew in 1811 (Emma), heat up in 1813 (Pride & Prejudice), climax in 1815 (Sense & Sensibility), and ended in early 1816. Dumbarton House’s primary owners, the Nourse Family, were in residence 1804-1813, and second resident Charles Carroll played first host to First Lady Dolley Madison at Dumbarton House on August 24, 1814, in her hurried departure from the White House as the British approached to burn it.”
You can find more information on entrance, parking, and recommendations of items to bring to enjoy the event at Dumbarton House’s website.
If you have some time free in June, you can head to Alton and Chawton, Hampshire UK for the NINE days (yes, nine!) Jane Austen Regency Week. Supported by ticket sales, grants, sponsors, and advertising, the events cover everything from Regency balls, panels, and workshops. You can even rent your finery if you so choose.
The festival runs from June 16 – 24 beginning with a Regency day in Alton and ending on the 24th with a Regency Supper. There also balls, walks, teas, and fairs. Most of the events are free.
For more information, visit the festival’s website where you can find out the cost of tickets, lodging, and locations. You can also find them on Facebook.
But if YOU are, you can head to Vinnie’s Jump and Jive in Middletown on May 11 to learn country and quadrilles! The event doesn’t seem to be sponsored by the local JASNA group but by a local dance historian, Susan de Guardiola. Research on the event seems that it’s a fairly popular and semi-regular thing so if you miss this one, there is sure to be one more to go.
Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details and to register.
(While this doesn’t seem to be a Jane200 exact event, I’ve added it to the calendar all the same.)
The JASNA Pittsburgh region is having a 2017 English Country Dance Assembly Ball as part of their Festival events. The ball will take place on Saturday, March 25 and begins at 8PM. There are beginner lessons/review session at 7:30PM. Cost is $25 and tickets must be purchased in advanced. Check out the ball’s webpage for more information.
The JASNA Pittsburgh region yearly Jane Austen festival is taking place the weekend of March 24 – 25, 2017 with the theme is Celebrating 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Legacy. The cost for the festival is $75 for members and $80 for non-members. Events planned are, “Engaging speakers, Regency vendors, movie screening & discussion, Regency Assembly Ball with live music!”.
(ed: I’m adding this to the calendar since the theme celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane’s death.)