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Events UK : 2018

The following Jane Austen related events are offered by a range of organisations throughout the UK. They include lectures, informal talks, theatre productions and musical performances, together with various miscellaneous activities with a Jane Austen connection. Full details of each event (venue locations, dates and timings, ticket prices etc) are available via the link included within the individual entries below.

For information on a broad range of other literary events (not necessarily linked to Jane Austen), consult the websites of the Alliance of Literary Societies and the Royal Society of Literature, both of which are included within our Other Links page.


January to April

Austen the Musical

This musical covers the story from Jane Austen's transition from a country parson's daughter to one of the most read writers in English literature. It follows her struggle to have her work published in a male-dominated environment, her romances, and her vow to reject a woman's lifestyle in Georgian England. Performances will take place in a wide range of venues around the UK.

Booking details and further information from the above link.


April to September

One-Day Tours of Jane Austen's Bath

These detailed one-day guided tours of the city bring Regency Bath to life, and provide a unique and fascinating insight into Jane Austen's life and times.
Tour dates: One per month from April to September.
Cost: 129 per person.
Full details, including booking procedures, via the above link.


Thursday 19 April
at 7.00 pm

Confessions of a Chronic Janeite

Talk by Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, President of the Jane Austen Society.
Talk in support of Arundells and The Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation.
Venue: The Lecture Hall, Salisbury Museum, The Close, Salisbury.
Tickets: 15.
To purchase tickets, please telephone 01722 331440.


Monday 23 April

Jane Austen related Education Course on the Internet

This course, organised by Southampton University, covers Jane Austen's origins in Hampshire, her formative years, and the society in which she lived, asking how her childhood location, background and reading influenced her novels. The course also considers the ways her own contempories read and responded to her, and her place in modern day literature.
Timing: Three hours per week for two weeks.
Full details, including booking procedures, via the above link.


Friday 11 May
at 1.15 pm

Piano Recital of Jane Austen's Music

This recital features music from Jane Austen's personal piano collection.
Pianist: Judith Gore.
Venue: St Brides Church, Fleet Street, London.

Further details from the above link.


Sunday 13 May
at 1.00 pm

Piano Recital of Jane Austen's Music

This recital features music from Jane Austen's personal piano collection.
Pianist: Judith Gore.
Venue: Pembroke College, Cambridge.


Thursday 7 June
at 7.00 pm

Jane Austen's Transatlantic Family at Home on HMS Namur

This talk by Sheila Johnson Kindred, author of Jane Austen's Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen, combines Charles Austen's experiences as a naval officer with his wife's fears for his survival, pride in his achievements and constant anxiety regarding finance and family status. The talk presents insights on a man's naval career from a woman's perspective.
Venue: Chatham Historic Dockyard, Church Lane, Chatham, Kent.
Free admission, but registration required via acurson@chdt.org.uk


Thursday 7 June
at 1.00 pm

Piano Recital of Jane Austen's Music

This recital features music from Jane Austen's personal piano collection, and the event is an item within the Bath Fringe Festival.
Pianist: Judith Gore.
Venue: Central United Reformed Church, 7 Argyle Street, Bath BA2 4BA.
Further details from the above link in due course.


Friday 8 June
at 1.00 pm

Piano Recital of Jane Austen's Music

This recital features music from Jane Austen's personal piano collection, and the event is an item within the Bath Fringe Festival.
Pianist: Judith Gore.
Venue: Old Theatre Royal, Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU. (Jane Austen visited this venue, which features in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.)
Further details from the above link.


June to September

UK Tour Performances of Sense and Sensibility

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays in the exciting world of Regency Society. Adapted by award-winning writer, Laura Turner, this performance follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.
Tour dates: June to September.
Cost: See individual events for details at each location.
Full details via the above link.


Saturday 14 July to
Saturday 21 July

One-Week Course on Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice

This extensive course will explore issues relating to marriage, money and manners, the concept of family and particularly fathers, and the social satire for which Austen was so famous. Seminars will be discussion-based. There will be close textual reading of the novels and also reference to some associated text.
Full details, including cost and booking procedures, via the above link.