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Annual Conference 2020

The conference this year will start on the afternoon of Thursday 24 September, with registration and tea. For participants preferring the two-day format, arrival will be on the afternoon of Friday 25 September.

It is based in York, chosen for its historic interest and unique charm; and after all, Jane Austen did say, of Richard III, 'but as he was York, I am rather inclined to suppose him a very respectable man'.

The theme is Jane Austen and her Fellow Writers, and the programme will include four elctures and a costume presentation, an outing to the home of Lawrence Sterne in the lovely North Yorkshire village of Coxwold, and the chance to visit the city of York where you can wander down ancient streets like Stonegate and The Shambles, walk on the City Walls, visit the magnificent Minster, the 15th-century Treasurer's House, two Georgian gems - Fairfax House and The Mansion House, or have lunch in the Assembly Rooms.

Because we are aware of the range of ages, mobility and energy levels among delegates, and because the logistics of taking a large group around the city on a Saturday would be almost impossible, we are not organising this part of the Conference. However, we have put together a comprehensive pack which includes contact numbers back at the hotel, maps, bus timetables, taxi information, places to eat and a range of places you may want to visit. The idea is that you will be able to choose what you wish to see, and do as much, or as little, as suits you. You can return to the hotel when you are ready.

The conference accommodation (all en-suite) will be at the Best Western Pavilion Hotel, Fulford, York.

If you would like to attend the conference, plese complete and return the application form enclosed with the Newsletter, together with your deposit, as soon as possible and no later than Saturday 30 May 2020.

Balance of payment due Saturday 25 July 2020.

The Walls of York

The Pavilion Hotel