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 – email@example.com 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!