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No 51

Autumn 2018

A lively bi-annual publication mailed to members in the spring and autumn, detailing recent and forthcoming Society and regional events, together with articles, letters, book reviews and advertisements.

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This issue of the Newsletter includes the following:

  • Report on the initiative to create the wonderful Jane Austen quilt now on display at Jane Austen's House Museum.

  • Brief overview of the Annual Study Day held in Senate House in London last February.

  • Brief details of the nomination process for membership of the new Jane Austen Society Committee in 2019.

  • Tribute to Tony Corley, former member and trustee of the Jane Austen Society Committee.

  • Tribute to Bill Ramsey, one of the founder members of the Southern Circle and former member of the Jane Austen Society Committee.

  • Report on the day's events at the AGM of the Alliance of Literary Societies in May.

  • Report on the impressive South-West Branch 3-day tour of various venues linked to the Leigh family.

  • Report on a similar event in Warwickshire organised by the London Group.

  • Diary of Events currently organised for 2018/19 by Branches and Groups in the UK, plus relevant contact details.

  • Extensive and warm tributes to former Society Committee Member and patron of the South-West Branch, Diana Shervington, who died recently shortly before her 100th birthday.

  • Overview of the Jane Austen Study Day (including ticket application procedures) to be held in London on 9 February 2019.

  • Photograph of the new Jane Austen rose, launched at Chelsea in 2017 for the bicentennial.

  • Detailed account of the past year's events at the Jane Austen House Museum.

  • Similar detailed account of the past twelve months at Chawton House.

  • Book Reviews:
      Jane Austen Speaks Norwegian: The Challenges of Literary Translation by Marie Nedregotten Sorbo, Brill Rodopi, 85
      Jane Austen and the Reformation: Remembering the Sacred Landscape by Roger E Moore, Ashgate, 28 (paperback)
      Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts edited by Kathryn Sutherland, OUP, 5 volumes, 495
      Trailblazing Women of The Georgian Era by Mike Rendell, Pen and Sword, 14.99
      The Journal of Louisa Lushington (1821-1822) edited by Linda Slothouber, Chawton House, 10
      Jane Austen's Geographies edited by Robert Clark, Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), New York and London, 115 hardback, eBook purchase 103.50, 12 months' rental 69, 6 months' rental 57.50
      Stories in Stiches - Reimagining Jane Austen's Quilt edited by Lucy Bailey, Elizabeth Betts and Sue Dell, Jane Austen's House Museum, 10

  • Article on the recently introduced Data Protection Act, with emphasis on the storage and handling of members' personal data.

  • Back page: Article on The Georgian Papers Programme, a project to catalogue and digitise the archive of papers from the reign of George III in the Royal Archives at Windsor.