Novelist Jane Austen’s celebrations are fashionable fun.

Novelist Jane Austen’s celebrations are fashionable fun.


If you fancy yourself as a an expert of novelist Jane Austen, you might be interested these notable events in July 2017:

There’s in a choral evensong organised by the Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA)* as well as two events listed at the State Library of New South Wales’ website at

The first event is ‘All Things Austen’ (novelist Jane Austen’s Trivia Quizz Night) on Friday 21 July 2017 from 6-8.30pm. Gallery Room of the Mitchell Library Building of the State Library of NSW. If you are able to imagine novelist Jane and Sherlock Holmes solving puzzles together then you’ll have adopted the right mindset to tackling this Trivia Night event.  Test your knowledge of Jane Austen‘s family lineage, her novels, biographies about Jane Austen, Jane Austen’s love interests, manners, films and so much more… with a group of like-minded friends.

As quick hints: Her most celebrated works are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), Persuasion (1817) and Northanger Abbey (1817).  Novelist Jane and writers she respected are listed in an ‘Illustrated Treasury‘. Cartoons of her with various book characters including Jane, Watson and Sherlock are offered in ‘Views of Jane Austen‘. This small book includes a poignant modern-day cartoon by Murray Ball of novelist Jane Austen waiting for an email from Mr Darcy called ‘Jane email’.  To boost your team’s scoring at this Trivia Quizz Night, knowledge of Jane Austen’s residential address in Bath and of her resting place of Winchester and surrounding shire townships might also help.

The second event is the ‘Regency High Tea: Fashionable Fun’ on Saturday 22 July 2017 from 2-3.30pm in the Gallery Room, Mitchell Library building, with NSW State library curator Margot Riley. This event is billed as celebrating the Regency period with a talk on the gentle courtesies of a polite society.

Margot Riley will explore aspects of the social behaviour in an era where strict guidelines regulated interaction between the genders – particularly the character Mr Darcy. In this repressed era, etiquette manuals were diligently studied. As part of this event about the novelist Jane Austen, a traditional afternoon tea will be provided and patrons are encouraged to adopt period dress.novelist Jane Austen

The third event is A Choral Evensong celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen: A service to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

When: Sunday 30 July 2017 from 4:00pm-5:00pm.  Where: St James Church, 173 King Street, Sydney NSW (choral evensong sung by the St James’ Singers).

Responses: Ferial   Canticles: Arnold in A    Anthem: Goss – If we believe that Jesus died.

Preacher: Mr Christopher Waterhouse, Director, St James’ Institute.

*More information is available at the Jane Austen Society of Australia (JASA) website at
Events conducted by other Australian chapters are listed at

Recent newspaper and online articles on Jane Austen the novelist and resulting television shows and films are listed here:

  1. Susannah Fullerton’s article ‘All about Austen’ in the Features section, Review of The Weekend Australian 15-16 July 2017. See Jane Austen in the Australian July 2017
  2. Keith Austen’s article ‘Pride and prejudice swallowed’ in the Traveller section of the weekend edition of The Sydney Morning Herald, dated 15-16 July 2017. See Jane Austen in the SMH July 2017 and Jane Austen pt. 2 in the SMH July 2017
  3. Jane Austen 200 years on – why we still love her heroes, heroines and houses’ written by Lizzie Rogers, a PhD researcher in Women’s History, University of Hull, England and published in the Conversation online newsletter on 15 July 2017
  4. As it’s 200 years since two famous female authors died in the summer of 1817, an academic’s article on similarities and difference between them has been published. The article titled Jane Austen and Germaine de Staël: a tale of two authors’ tells of the differences between the French writer of upper-class parents and the English writer of gentrified parents. Written by Catriona Seth, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University of Oxford, the article appeared in the Conversation online newsletter on 17 July 2017
  5. Nicholas Dame’s forthcoming article in the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic: ‘Jane Austen Is Everything’, is listed at: is-everything/534186/

Text copyright Fiona Rothchilds 2017 with assistance from the State Library of NSW and acknowledged sources.
Photo images by Fiona Rothchilds 2017.
Uploaded 19 July 2017. Updated 27 July 2017.

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