The Jane Austen Society of Australia was founded in 1989 to bring together lovers and admirers of Jane Austen in this part of the world. We number academics and scholars amongst our members, but we are mostly enthusiastic amateurs who meet to discuss the genius of Austen and to explore the era that gave rise to her.
Although based in Sydney, JASA has members in all states of Australia and overseas, and we warmly welcome visitors to our meetings. We have 5 meetings throughout the year, a lunch in December to celebrate both Jane Austen’s birthday and Christmas, an annual conference, an informal Country Weekend, a Study Day and occasionally a Special Event to celebrate a particular Austen occasion.
Twice a year, in June and December, we publish a members’ magazine, JASA Chronicle, a journal, Sensibilities, with papers from our conferences and meetings, and in March and September a newsletter, Practicalities, to keep members up to date with Austen and JASA related news and events.
JASA runs a members’ library and JASA Press has published several books, which are available to buy through our merchandising enterprise Regency Fair. Regency Fair carries a range of Austen-inspired items like stationery, teatowels, bookmarks, specialty publications and novelty gifts. Items can be purchased at the Sydney meetings or ordered through our member publications.
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Music is everywhere and nowhere in Jane Austen's fiction. Everywhere, in that pivotal scenes in every novel unfurl to the sound of music; nowhere, in that she almost never specifies exactly what music is being performed. For film adaptations this absence of detail can be a source of welcome freedoms...
11 View on Facebook The Joy of Jane
Published September 2016 - Bringing together some of today's leading writers to offer thoughts on Austen's endearing appeal.
19 7 View on Facebook Love and Friendship Official Trailer
Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, Love & Friendship focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon...
11 View on Facebook Whit Stillman on love, friendship and the charms of Jane Austen
Director Whit Stillman joins us to talk about "Love and Friendship", his new film based on Jane Austen’s novella "Lady Susan". Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale are reunited on screen after starring in his 1998 film, "The Last Days of Disco". This time, they’re a sharp-tongued duo navigating English...
10 View on Facebook Henrietta (18th-Century Novels By Women)
A pioneer in the tradition of English women's fiction, Charlotte Lennox was valued friend to both Samuel Richardson and Samuel Johnson and a major influence on Jane Austen. The heroine of Charlotte Lennox's Henrietta is a young Englishwoman who resists her aunt's pressure to convert to Catholicis...