We are most disappointed to have to inform you that Adrian Lukis is in hospital with a serious infection and has had to cancel his planned visit to Australia. He sends his most sincere apologies to all, and hopes to come next year instead.

As you know, our regular Saturday meeting was to include an interview with Adrian. The meeting will still be held at the usual venue and the cost will be the usual $5. I will give a talk on ‘Bad Mr Wickham’, and there will be discussion and a video clip. Every JASA member is welcome to attend the meeting. It may not be as exciting as we’d planned, but it will still be a good meeting and we’d love to see you there.

Those of you booked for the special event on the Sunday will receive a separate email, but we will give out cash refunds to those who paid for that event on the Saturday and do encourage you to come and get your refund.

I know a few of you had booked airfares to come to Sydney for the weekend. We do apologise to you especially. Human illness is something that cannot be planned for or prevented, so we all just have to cope with this news.

I do hope to see you on Saturday. Your committee has worked hard to bring about the events with Adrian – we are all disappointed, but will hope that this is just a postponement until 2020.

Best wishes,

Susannah Fullerton

The Jane Austen Society of Australia

On 18th July 1817, Jane Austen died in the arms of her sister Cassandra “I have lost such a treasure”, Cassandra wrote of her loss, “such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed.” Cassandra had lost sister and friend, but the world had lost its greatest novelist – far, far too early! 2017 marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. All over the world, people are marking the occasion and celebrating the talent and genius of Jane Austen. Exhibitions, talks, performances, discussions, church services are all being planned in order to commemorate Jane Austen and her legacy.

The Jane Austen Society of Australia is a member-based association 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.

Jane Austen imageAlthough based in Sydney, we have members in all states of Australia and overseas, and we warmly welcome visitors to our events.

We produce regular publications, have a member’s library, and sell Austen-inspired items through our Regency Fair stall at meetings.

Find out more about becoming a member of JASA, or read the latest updates from JASA’s Facebook page here.

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