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Final Conference Program

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Public Lecture and Conference Opening

Thursday, 13 July 2017
Hetzel Theatre, State Library of South Australia

5:30pm Drinks at the 'Treasurers Wall', adjacent the Hetzel Theatre

6:00pm Book Launch - Devoney Looser, The Making of Jane Austen

6:30pm Public Lecture - Andrea Goldsmith: 'Never Leave Home Without Her' Hetzel Theature

Many decades ago, Andrea Goldsmith found herself trapped in a trailer park in Daly City outside San Francisco. She was alone, penniless, and having just been dumped by her beloved she was also distraught. She had a return ticket to Australia for travel four weeks hence: non-changeable and non-refundable. Bereft, vulnerable and stripped of resources, she doubted her ability to make it to the end of the month. It was in this state she reached for the complete works of Jane Austen, bought in a single volume at a bargain price a couple of weeks earlier, and she began to read. She read one Jane Austen novel after another.

Four weeks later when she boarded the plane for Australia, her heart was still broken and she was a good deal thinner. But she felt calm and surprisingly invigorated, and in her hand luggage she carried the jottings for her first novel. Reading Austen had demonstrated that an active imagination can displace even the blackest misery.

Jane Austen is one of Andrea Goldsmith’s great and enduring loves. For her, Austen is a writer’s writer, but she is also a life’s companion. The complexities of these relationships will be explored in her address.


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Friday to Sunday, 14-16 of July 2017
Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

A detailed program for academic panels and keynote lecturers will be added shortly. 


Professional learning workshop (secondary school)

Friday, 14 July 2017
2 - 5pm

Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide


This professional learning workshop for secondary school teachers will offer valuable insights into teaching Austen's novels, contextualising her place as a Romantic-and-Regency-period author, and studying Austen on the big screen. The workshop will be led  by world-class scholars Prof. John Wiltshire (La Trobe University), Prof. Will Christie (Australian National University), A/Prof. Giselle Bastin (Flinders University), and Emeritus Scientia Prof. Christine Alexander (University of New South Wales).


Devouring Immortal Austen

Friday, 14 July 2017
7 for 7:30pm start

Mercury Cinemas, 13 Morphett St, Adelaide

Join us for a special screening of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with an introductory talk by Professor Jennifer Rutherford. With its devastating cannibalism of Jane Austen's novel, Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) ate one of the world's most loved and respected classics. Zombies devour the living, but this zombie novel also devoured a classic, parodying both itself and the entire genre of romantic regency literature. Jennifer Rutherford's introductory discussion will examine how these gentle-mannered zombies of Regency England pose questions about the doomsday myths of today, interrogating our mythic past and the myths currently being generated for increasingly walled-in world.



Creative Writing Masterclass

Sunday, 16 July 2017
10am - 1pm

Flinders in the City, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide


This creative writing masterclass will be led by #1 New York Times bestselling romance autho, Stephanie Laurens. Laurens has published fifty works of historical romance - many of which are set in the British Regency period - including 29 New York Times bestsellers, and has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008.


Concert: 'Dirges and Sad Ditties from Jane Austen’s Music Collection'

Including a talk on Jane Austen and tea (by Robert Godden), and afternoon tea (provided by Devotea).

Sunday, 16 July 2017
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Mead Hall, Flinders Street Baptist Church, 65 Flinders Street, Adelaide

Jane Austen was a devoted amateur musician – her niece Caroline said she started every day with music. A large collection of the music she played and sang survives, some printed but some copied by hand into her own manuscript books.

The ‘Dirges and Sad Ditties’ program consists of songs and piano pieces from this collection, including laments for lost lovers and doomed queens, bracing songs about soldiers and sailors, and a dramatic ballad about the dying revenge of a spurned maiden.

This concert is included in the conference registration price. If you are not attending the conference, please purchase your concert ticket here.



To register for all or any of these events, please visit our registration page.