Study Days provide members with the opportunity to enjoy group discussions, acting, debating, and puzzling over quizzes. These informal workshops, for JASA members only, are held at JASA’s usual meeting venue in Sydney at the Uniting Church Hall in Roseville. The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4 pm and numbers are limited, so it is wise to book early for what is always a popular event. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for morning tea, but members bring their own lunch or buy it from the nearby shops in Roseville village. Study days focus on a particular theme or novel and are organised around small group activities and informal talks or presentations – please bring a copy of the novel being discussed.
This is a particularly popular event in the JASA calendar. It provides a good opportunity to get to know other members, there is plenty to learn, and all those attending are very well entertained with talks, dramatic performances, and group activities. It is not necessary to be an Austen expert to attend a Study Day – you will learn and develop a deeper appreciation of Jane Austen’s novels when you come along.
Recent Study Day topics have included Jane Austen’s Emma; Courtship and Proposals in the Six Novels; A Day with Lady Susan and The Watsons; Sense and Sensibility: A Tale of Three Sisters and Constancy and Connections in Persuasion.
Just when you think you have exhausted all themes in Emma along comes the Study Day to make you rethink your whole analysis and force you to re-read the novel with new eyes, greater depth and understanding and greater appreciation for the craft that is Jane Austen.
Nothing testifies more clearly to the continued appeal and importance of Jane Austen than a JASA study day.
I am always looking forward to the annual Study Day. It’s the 3 (meetings) in 1 (day) JASA event! A perfect day with lots of interesting talks about Jane Austen and her times.