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Talks for Outside Groups

One of the Jane Austen Society's main aims is to foster the appreciation and study of the life, works and times of Jane Austen and the Austen family. With this in mind, a new education initiative has been set up to offer talks on these subjects to interested groups around the country. Many of them are illustrated, and generally last from 45 to 75 minutes.

There is no speaker's fee, though reasonable travel expenses may be requested. Donations may be made to the Society.

Our speakers are based in: Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Co Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Lake District, Cambridgeshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, Hampshire, Kent and London.

Most are willing to travel, so if your area is not named above please enquire.

A diverse range of groups have enjoyed our talks. These include public and independent libraries, U3A, WEA, Local History Societies, Ladies Probus Clubs, York Museums Services, Literary Festivals, Inner Wheel, GCSE and A-level students, University Arts Cafe, Local Lecture Groups, National Trust, WI, Countrywomen's Association and various retirement groups.

Click on the following link to display the range of talks available.

For enquiries and/or further details, please contact us at

If you wish to book a talk, please ensure your initial enquiry includes the following details to enable us to deal with your request quickly and efficiently: the name of your organisation; the venue; your preferred date and time of day for the talk, and the duration of your meeting.