Susannah Fullerton is coming to town

October 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM (Jane Austen in the News, Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

As you know, our JASA President, Susannah Fullerton will be in town next weekend entertaining and regaling us with tales of Pemberley and P&P, currently celebrating their 200th birthday. This little article appeared in a local newspaper. If you were not convinced as to how great an afternoon with Susannah can be by my last post, you may want to see if this article can convince you.



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JASA Perth – Time to Meet Again

October 8, 2013 at 6:15 AM (Jane Austen Books, Perth Chapter Meeting Details) (, , , , )

Greetings and Salutations my Fellow Janeites,

Can you believe it’s almost time for us to meet again? Time is marching on far too quickly for someone who has a thesis due in December!

Our next meeting on Saturday 2 November 2013, same time, same place, is something of a Special Event as the President of Australia’s Jane Austen Society is coming to see us! Yes, the one and only Susannah Fullerton will be coming to chat with us about her new book Celebrating Pride and Prejudice: 200 Years of Jane Austen’s Masterpiece.


This year Jane Austen’s most poplar novel turns 200. Susannah Fullerton, author of Jane Austen and Crime and A Dance with Jane Austen, will tell the story of how Pride and Prejudice came to be published, what sort of first reception it received and what various famous admirers have had to say about it. She will discuss the charms of its heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, and the sexiness of its hero, Mr Darcy, and talk about the wonderful range of comic characters within the novel. Susannah will also tell the tale of the first translations of “Pride and Prejudice”‘, discuss the extraordinary range of covers and illustrations which have decorated copies over 200 years, and will talk about the amazing number of sequels and prequels and adaptations, the merchandise and the tourism connected with the novel.

Places are limited at our usual venue, so it is imperative that you book your place with our Meeting Coordinator Extraordinaire, Helen – or 0430 133 368 – and put aside the $5 meeting fee, payable to Helen on the day. Helen will also provide “same time, same place” details for those of you who will be attending for the first time.

Susannah is a wonderful speaker/presenter, which you will know if you have been fortunate enough to see her during previous visits to Perth, or if you have read any or all of her fabulous books.

Hopefully we shall see some new faces amongst us regulars. In the mean time, Happy Austening!

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JASA Perth Meeting Time Again

August 31, 2013 at 2:15 PM (Perth Chapter Meeting Details) (, , )

Greetings All,

Next Saturday 7 September, same time, same place, is gathering time again! I bet that went quick for those of you who actually remember to attend, unlike moi!

This gathering will be led by Peta and Tracy, who will be sharing their thoughts on the 3 film/telly adaptations of Sense and Sensibility. If you, like me, have forgotten it’s meeting time again and, looking at your diary, realise you have no time to finish a complete re-read of the books and couldn’t bear watching the 3 adaptations because they just don’t do the book justice, be assured that if you manage a re-read of chapters 1 and 2, this will be enough.

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If you haven’t been along to one of our gatherings yet and feel that you might like to join with us next week, please feel free. Email our Meeting Coordinator Extraordinaire, Helen at to find out what the ‘same time, same place’ details are.

In the mean time, fingers crossed I actually remember to come along myself, especially as it’s been a loooong while and I am relocating to London in January, not that the thesis is finished yet, no, still not finished, and happy Austen-ing to you all!

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Meeting Details for October

September 21, 2012 at 5:53 AM (Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

Jane Austen Perth Chapter

invites you to a talk by 

Dr Joanna Penglase 

Jane Austen’s Abandoned Children

Children’s lives are rarely chronicled in history books, yet how society deals with its children, particularly those without adequate parents, tells us a lot about the prevailing social attitudes of any era.  If history books don’t talk about this, Jane Austen’s novels do, and in Dr Penglase’s talk she will be discussing this topic with special reference to Emma, Mansfield Park and Austen’s unfinished fragment The Watsons.

Dr Joanna Penglase is a Sydney writer, editor and literary speaker, and the editor of JASA’s journal Sensibilities. She is the author of Orphans of the Living: Growing up in ‘care’ in 20th century Australia.

When:                 2:30 pm Saturday 6th October 2012

Where:                Subiaco  (RSVP for location details)


There is no charge for this event and members of the public are welcome; however, seating is limited so please RSVP to Helen on 0430 133 368 or to reserve a place.


Jane Austen Perth Chapter are a group of Jane Austen enthusiasts who meet every other month to discuss Jane Austen’s novels, her life and the society in which she lived.





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Time for another Get Together for the Perth Janeites

July 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM (Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

I apologise to my fellow Perth Janeites for my bloggy absence recently. I have a rather pathetic excuse, but I won’t go into that here.

I have popped online to let you know about our next meeting on Saturday 4th August, same time, same place. For those who stumble across this blog and would like to join us at our meeting, please email our Meeting Coordinator Helen at for the particulars of the meeting.

The topic for this meeting will involve watching the various adaptations of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ focussing on the proposal scene. Helen has gathered together several versions of the book for us all to watch together and then discuss.

You may want to prep for the meeting by reading Chapter 34 of P&P to see how Miss Austen intended for it to go.

As soon as I have chapters one and two of my thesis properly drafted and delivered to the hands of my most-patient supervisor and my poor friend who has acquiesced to my request for her to proof to my thesis, I shall pop back here and post a few articles I have been meaning to share with you for aaaages.

Don’t forget that if you wished to contribute to the blog with posts of your own, do send them along to me at, along with any visuals you might want to include, and I will be happy to post them here on your behalf, with proper accreditation, naturally!

Until we meet again, Happy Janeing!

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Next JASA Perth Meeting

March 23, 2012 at 6:33 AM (General News, Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

Greetings and Salutations to my Fellow Perth Janeites and any other Janeite who happens upon this blog. I do hope you are all keeping well.

I just wanted to remind you all that we are scheduled to meet again next month, specifically Saturday 14th April at 2:30pm, the usual place. (For those who would like to come along and don’t know ‘the usual place’, do send me an email at – – and I shall let you know the top secret details regarding ‘the usual place’.)

There is no specific Jane Austen reading for our April meeting as Lauris is presenting a little talk on the subject of ‘Sisters in Jane Austen’s Novels and Life’, which means you could read your favourite Jane Austen novel or some of her letters to Cassandra in order to have some interesting things to add to the conversation. Or you can simply come along, sit, listen, drink tea, eat cake and just enjoy being in the company of your Fellow Janeites.

My apologies for not having posted any Jane Austen related news since, I think, December. You are not the only blog I have been ignoring, or the writing assignment I have been avoiding. My nickname is Queen Procrastinator for a reason.

I have been frantically scanning my Jane Austen’s Regency World collection so I can post interesting articles that you may have missed and will endeavour to pop a few ‘sister’ related ones here before the meeting in case you wanted to do some prep for April 14.

Once again, I invite my Fellow Perth Janeites to send me any little tit-bits, photos, or blessays, (Stephen Fry lingo for blog essays), that they would like to have posted here. This is a blog for all of us, by all of us. Have you just been to Jane Austen Land and wish to brag to the rest of us, then write a little brag and send some tantalising photos and I will post for all to see and envy over.

Until the next time,

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Christmas Meeting of the JASA Perth Chapter

November 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM (Jane Austen in the News, Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

The time for the Christmas meeting of the Perth Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of Australia is fast approaching! We are scheduled to meet on Saturday 10th December at 2:30pm, the usual place.

I have been going through my copies of the Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine and in the process of doing so, I came across the following article, which I think might help to put you all in an Austen-y Christmas Mood for the meeting, so if you have the magazine do check out the article ‘An Austen Christmas’ by Sheryl Craig in the November/December 2009 edition.

And in the same issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World is a Christmas mystery by Carrie Bebris and starring everyone’s favourite Austen couple, The Darcys – ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dream: A Mr & Mrs Darcy Mystery’.

For those interested in joining the Perth Janeites for their Christmas meeting, please contact our Meeting Coordinator, Helen for further details at

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Meeting Dates for 2012

October 10, 2011 at 3:01 AM (Perth Chapter Meeting Details)

While the topics for our meetings are still to be finalised, our dates have been set for 2012, so have your diaries to the ready to book us in! And it’s still the traditional time of 2:30pm.

Saturday February 4th – Members Helen and Alanah will be presenting on ‘How to research Jane Austen’.  –  Bring along your pen and paper, or whatever electronic form of note-taking you are using in these technologically advanced times, because the girls will be giving us lots of splendid clues on how to delve deeper into the archives of the Austen World.

Saturday April 7th – Member Lauris will be presenting on ‘Sisters in Jane Austen’s Novels’.  –  Oh no, how awful! We will have to do some reading of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion in preparation. Won’t we hate that. [insert smiley wink here]

Saturday June 2nd – Topic to be confirmed

August – Date and topic to be confirmed

Saturday October 6th – Members Kay and Marcel will be presenting on ‘Jane Austen and Crime’.  –  I would suggest that a useful research tool for this meeting would be our very own President Susannah Fullerton’s tome titled Jane Austen and Crime. You may even want to check out the Old Bailey website and find some Regency Rogues for us to discuss.

Saturday December 1st – Christmas Meeting with topic to be confirmed and drinks to be ordered!

If you would like to come along to our meeting, please contact our Meeting Coordinator Helen at

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