All Sydney meetings are held at: Uniting Church Hall, 7 Lord Street, Roseville NSW unless otherwise indicated.
Attendance at meetings is A$5 per person, unless otherwise indicated. This fee covers venue hire, gift vouchers for guest speakers, a first-class afternoon tea and, very importantly, insurance cover for attendees while at the venue.
Bookings are not required unless otherwise indicated. Use the handy JASA Order Form to book for the Annual Conference, Country Weekend and Study Days, or simply to renew your own membership or give a membership as a gift. Jane Austen phone line: (02) 9380 5894 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JASA meetings begin with a welcome from the President and various announcements about forthcoming events, news in the Jane Austen world, and sometimes a reading from one of the Austen novels. The speaker is then introduced. Speakers at meetings talk on a wide range of topics – the characters / themes / language / style of the novels, and also aspects of the Regency era – music, art, carriages, fashion, food, silver, servants, jewellery, china etc. There is time for questions after each talk, and the meeting concludes with a delicious afternoon tea.
JASA holds an annual conference, with a day conference and a weekend conference on alternate years. The conference is designed around formal lectures on a particular theme or Austen novel. Click to read more the Day Conference or the Weekend Conference.
2020 Weekend Conference – Please note that this event has now been cancelled due to Covid-19. More details will follow shortly on the website, as well as via email and Facebook.
JASA also holds regular Country Weekends, alternating with the Study Day. This is a more informal event than the conference and is recommended as an excellent way for new members to get to know others in the Society. Read more here.
Study Days provide members with the opportunity to enjoy group discussions, acting, debating, and puzzling over quizzes. These informal workshops focus on a particular theme or novel and are organised around small group activities and informal talks or presentations. Read more here.
Jane Austen’s Birthday Celebration & Christmas Lunch
At the end of every year JASA holds a lunch at a central Sydney location, on the Saturday closest to Jane Austen’s birth date, 16 December to celebrate our favourite novelists birthday and Christmas. Read more here.The regular JASA meetings combine critical, cultural and emotional energy in a most hospitable way.” Dr Tony Voss My annual calendar of stress and modern day pressures is given a well deserved break at JASA meetings by allowing me to escape to Regency England and pretend that life can be full of delight and control. This is only topped by indulging in a whole country weekend full of Jane and Elizabeth, Elinor and Emma and my favourite, Mr Collins, every 2 years.” Souha Korbatieh Hussain Talks at the JASA Meetings at Roseville provide a fascinating breadth and depth of subjects from our own members as well as local, interstate and international scholars.” Margaret Rock It is a truth universally acknowledged that every person who has a love of literature should attend the meetings of the Jane Austen Society in the company of clever well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation. Guaranteed a stimulating afternoon!” Judith Jacks I love all JASA events. You step into a room full of people and know that you have something to talk to about with each and everyone. That doesn’t happen that often.” Sabine Klust