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Newcastle Study Day : Saturday 31 October 2020

The new date above for this event is a consequence of the current uncertainties over the coronavirus. We hope that this issue will have been resolved over the course of the next six months. Further details in due course. The programme for the day will be retained - details below.

A Joint Venture between the Northern and Scottish Branches

Venue: County Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 5DF

9.00 - 10.00 am

Registration for attendees.

10.00 am

Talk by Dr Katie Halsey, Senior Lecturer, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling.

Title: Northern Connections

Although it seems Jane Austen never came further north than Staffordshire, many references to Scotland and the North of England can be found in her works and letters.

11.00 am


11.30 am

Talk by Dr Bill Hutchings, Honorary Research Fellow, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester.

Title: The Genius of the Place: The Language of Landscape in Jane Austen's Novels

The focus for this lecture will be Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park.

12.30 - 1.30 pm


1.30 pm

Talk by Dr Joan Allen, Visiting Fellow at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Newcastle.

Title: Morality and Decadence in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the Age of Jane Austen

2.30 - 3.00 pm


3.00 pm

Talk by Professor Richard Cronin, School of Political Studies, University of Glasgow, with Sharron Bassett of the Jane Austen Society.

Title: Jane Austen in the Library. 'The mere trash of the common circulating library I hold in the highest contempt.' (Sanditon).

4.00 pm

Study Day ends.

The venue is located directly opposite Newcastle Railway Station.

Registration fees: Society members, 25. Students/Benefit Recipients (not State Pensioners), 15. Non-Society members, 30. To obtain the Society rate, members must provide their membership number with their application. To obtain other concessionary rates, students must name their academic institution, and benefit recipients their reference number. (See application form.)

To apply for tickets, download an application form at and send to Sharron Bassett, 'Sospiri', 9 George Street, Dunfermline, Fife KY11 4TQ. If you need any assistance, e-mail Marilyn Joice at